GIRO DEL NORTE
Anti-Clockwise

... or a bicycle ride exploring towns, villages, temples, farmland and woodlands of Hong Kong's northeastern New Territories.

Setting out from Tai Po Market railway station, we wind our way through a veritable maze of bicycle paths to reach the calm waters of Tolo
Harbour - a natural bay surrounded by tall mountains. We take in the views towards Ma On Shan but, shortly thereafter, we are forced to do a
detour through the industrial estate. However, soon we will be back on bicycle paths along the shoreline and beneath the Pat Sin Leng ridge.

Beyond Tai Mei Tuk, it is time to tackle the hilly road leading through the Plover Cove Country Park. We break the climb near the Bride's Pool
Falls just before the top of the hill and leave our bikes for the short walk through the woods to visit the impressive hidden Mirror Falls. Even in
the midst of winter, this waterfall never dries up.

While we might have needed all the many gears on our bikes for the climb to Sam Tam Lo, the ensuing free-wheeling descent is well worth the
effort. At the bottom of the hill, the hamlet of Luk Keng marks the turning point of our ride. Located on the mangrove clad shores of Starling
Inlet, it is also an ideal place for a lunch break. As we eat, we not only keep an eye out for
wetland birds, but we are also able to peek into
China...

While not entirely flat, our route home is somewhat less challenging than the way out. Following the shore line past the egretry at A Chau, we
reach the rather photogenic village of Yim Tso Ha, nestled protectively behind a small hill and encircled by still farmed vegetable fields and old
fish ponds.

The contrast between the quiet narrow footpaths between the hamlets of Ha Wo Hang and Sheung Wo Hang and the very busy Sha Tau Kok
Road couldn't be bigger, but the former do require as much concentration on your behalf as the latter, as you really wouldn't want to dip into
the marshy old rice fields....

As a safety measure, we ride on the sidewalk for the stretch along Sha Tau Kok Road, but once we reach Tan Chuk Hang we are back on
village roads and narrow concrete footpaths. The old vegetable farms in this area has seen a revitalization in the past couple of years, so
there is plenty of interesting, fresh produce to look at as we head towards the secluded village of Hok Tau.

The last real physical challenge of the day is the climb up the hill that separates the Hok Tau valley from the Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail on
the outskirts of the dormitory town of Fan Ling. This trail visits a variety of historical sites such as old mansions, walled villages, ancestral
halls and a number of temples. The most famous of these would be the impressive 16th century
Tang Chung Ling Ancestral Hall.

We won't actually enter Fan Ling, but stick to a route of concrete footpaths passing vegetable plots, orchards and low rise suburbs and a
shored-up river as we head back to where we started; the Tai Po Market Railway Station.
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Mirror Falls
Old mansions in the New Territories of Hong Kong
Farmer and vegetable plots...
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Ride Summary
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Distance:
44 km
Cycling: 42.5 km + Walking: 1.5 km
Difficulty:
5 out of 10
 
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: 290 metres
Loss: 290 metres
Price:
HK$300
incl. bicycle rental
Highest Point:
105 metres
       
Time Spent on Trail:
6.5 hours
Cycling: 5 hours + Breaks: 1.5 hour
     
Meeting Time & Place:
9:15 am
at Tai Po Market Railway Station
 
Finishing Time & Place:
4:00 pm
at Tai Po Market Railway Station
Price for this ride as a Private Event on request
  or 4:45 / 5:00 pm
in Kowloon / on Hong Kong Island
     
 
Food & Drink:
Lunch at Luk Keng - (all day English cooked breakfast, sandwiches, noodles or rice) - not included.
Refreshment breaks at Lung Yeuk Tau and Nam Wa Po -
not included.
           
Note 1:
Where possible, we will ride on dedicated bicycle paths, but most of this tour will be along narrow concrete
footpaths and quiet rural back roads. There will, however, be a couple of short stretches along fairly busy main
roads. In those cases, we recommend riding on the sidewalk.
 
Note 2:
As it is NOT possible to rent helmets, gloves and other accessories, you are invited bring your own, should you
require such.
Michael Hansen, helping you explore Hong Kong's other side...
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Road through Plover Cove Country Park & Mangrove near Starling Inlet
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and for any claims, injuries or damages arising thereof.