WETLANDS, NEW TOWNS & HERITAGE TRAILS
... or a bicycle ride through the wetlands, old villages and new towns of Hong Kong's northwestern New Territories.
Week-days

Unavoidably, the ride starts with a 20-minute crossing of Yuen Long’s housing and industrial estates, most of which will be on bicycle paths.  
Soon, however, we emerge into the open as we make our way along a series of fish pond dikes. The road is rough, but we will be bringing a
puncture repair kit.  While you should look out for pot holes, you must not forget to check out the bird life. Recent sightings include the Black-
capped Kingfisher, Cormorants, White Wagtails and Crested Mynas.

Beyond the ponds we reach the Border Fence.  While it should keep out illegal immigrants, it will also prevent us from crashing into the
mangroves along the Shan Pui River. The fence might spoil the view a little, but we can always look to the other side, where egrets, herons
and other
wetland birds hang out.

Turning away from the fence, we pay a visit to Mong Tseng Wai, a traditional New Territory walled village where new buildings mix
effortlessly with really ancient ones. Following a brief refreshment stop, we next join nice level bicycle paths which skirt the giant new
dormitory town of Tin Shui Wai and quiet village lanes which pass an old temple or two in order  to reach our lunch stop at Ha Tsuen.

After a look around the many old structures in this
(formerly) walled village that is now surrounded by container storage yards, we head for
the Ping Shan Heritage Trail. This trail links a number of traditional Chinese
structures providing the curious with an opportunity to recapture
aspects of life in the New Territories in the old days. Unique monuments along the trail include the Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda, the Tang Clan
Ancestral Hall and the
(still) walled village of Sheung Cheung Wai.

Our day ends with brief ride along bicycle paths into the centre of Yuen Long from where comfortable buses depart every few minutes for
Kowloon and Hong Kong island.
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... exploring Hong Kong's other side...
Along the Ping Shan Heritage Trail, New Territories, Hong Kong
Mong Tseng Wai, New Territories, Hong Kong
Bird life in Tsim Bei Tsui, New Territories, Hong Kong
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Ride Summary
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Distance:
25.5 km
 
Difficulty:
2 out of 10
 
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: 85 metres
Loss: 85 metres
Price:
HK$300
incl. bicycle rental
Highest Point:
20 metres
       
Time Spent on Trail:
4.75 hours
Cycling: 3 hours + Breaks: 1 hour
     
Meeting Time & Place:
10:00 am
at Yuen Long Railway Station
 
Finishing Time & Place:
3:00 pm
in Yuen Long
Price for this ride as a Private Event on request
  or 3:45 pm  
in Kowloon / on Hong Kong Island.
     
 
Food & Drink:
Lunch at a small café in Ha Tsuen (18 km) (rice, noodles or sandwiches) - not included.
Refreshments at Mong Tseng Wai and - perhaps - in Ping Shan -
not included.
           
Note 1:
Where possible, we will ride on dedicated bicycle paths, but most of this tour will be along quiet rural back roads
or on fish pond dams. There will, however, also be a couple of short stretches along fairly busy main roads.
 
Note 2:
As it is NOT possible to rent helmets, gloves and other accessories, you are invited bring your own, should you
require such.
 
Note 3:
Check our Becky's Bikes & Birds ride for a slightly more challenging and longer ride in the same area.
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Participants on all Hansen's Events' hikes and rides take part entirely at their own risk. By joining any of our events all participants are automatically seen to
have agreed to have entered into a disclaimer which exonerates the outing leaders and the organizers from any personal or public responsibility whatsoever
and for any claims, injuries or damages arising thereof.
Due to work commitments, holidays and other personal issues,
Hansen's Hikes & Rides has decided to
SUSPEND all operations until further notice.

Apologizing for any inconvenience caused,
we hope to partially resume our outings towards the end of the year.