In my previous article, I had introduced stream-trekking as a nice way to cool down while staying active in the hot Hong Kong summer months.
I hope you were able to try it out and, hopefully, enjoy it. The abundant rain of late certainly has left the streams full, making the waterfalls even more beautiful than usual.
We’re now heading toward the end of summer but the water levels are still good, and I thought I would suggest one more stream-trek, before we revert to the more traditional hikes, just in time for the cooler, drier season.
Easily accessible and not too difficult, the Tai Shing stream is one of the nine great streams of Hong Kong. It is quite popular and it is likely that you will find fellow hikers in the stream with you.
One of the perks is that the hike to the stream is also very beautiful, taking you along the Shing Mun reservoir in Tsuen Wan.
You will go through a picturesque forest of paper-bark trees (Melaleuca quinquenervia), be given somewhat disinterested looks by the local monkeys (unless you have food, that is. But, please do not feed them), and wonder at the beauty of the Shing Mun reservoir.
Actually, the picnic site right by the stream is also quite nice and worth spending your lunch time there with friends.
Then, whether you do the full stream, which will take you most of the day, or the lower, or the upper section (my favorite), you will have a good time and forget about the weekday grind.
Should you feel like it, there are plenty of nice pools where you can dip your feet or your whole body.
Hongkongers should count their blessings when it comes to having easy access to nature within minutes of the city.
You can get detailed instructions from my blog at the link below:
Enjoy, be safe, and remember not to litter Hong Kong’s precious outdoors.
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