Hong Kong, New Territories, Outdoor Activity

Food stall and mangroves

During our hike in the New Territories we passed many abandoned village houses and empty houses - there were no places to recharge your batteries by eating a snack and having a drink. However, shortly before we hit the Starling Inlet, we finally passed a little food stall that was open and in business. At… Continue reading Food stall and mangroves

Hong Kong, New Territories, Outdoor Activity

Hiking: From Lai Chi Wo to Wu Kau Tang (Part 2)

This is the second part of our hike, which started on Chi Sum Road (here's the first part). After our Poon Choi lunch and silk tofu dessert we continued with our hike. We walked through the village and exited through the Feng Shui woods at the back. We walked through a forest area and crossed… Continue reading Hiking: From Lai Chi Wo to Wu Kau Tang (Part 2)

Hong Kong, New Territories

Soft tofu dessert

After our Poon Choi lunch in the Lai Chi Wo Hakka village I tried one of their specialties for dessert: Douhua, which is very soft tofu. It is also referred to as tofu pudding and soybean pudding. The old ladies in the village made it in a big pot and sold it in a bowl… Continue reading Soft tofu dessert

Hong Kong, New Territories

Poon Choi aka Big Bowl Feast

Poon Choi is also known as a Big Bowl Feast and a traditional type of dish originating from Hong Kong village Cantonese cuisine. I never had the opportunity to try it before, but when we hiked to Lai Chi Wo, Annie from the MeetUp group had organised this fantastic meal in advance. The lunch was… Continue reading Poon Choi aka Big Bowl Feast

Hong Kong, New Territories, Outdoor Activity

Lai Chi Wo in the New Territories

After about 90 minutes hiking, we reached Lai Chi Wo. The sign greeted us on our arrival. As the name suggests, this area was once known for its lychee trees. But in the 1960s and 1970s villagers found it more profitable to plant Mandarins, which could fetch good prices towards Chinese New Year (as they… Continue reading Lai Chi Wo in the New Territories

Hong Kong, New Territories, Outdoor Activity

Hiking: A visit to Lai Chi Wo (Part 1)

Last weekend I was in the unique position to join a very special hike in the New Territories, in the Shuen Wan area, which is between Shenzhen (China) and Tai Po (Hong Kong). It was organised by the MeetUp group and it included a visit to a Hakka village and a Poon Choi meal. It… Continue reading Hiking: A visit to Lai Chi Wo (Part 1)

Hong Kong, New Territories, Outdoor Activity

Hiking: MacLehose Trail Stage 1

Finally, after weeks and months slowly hiking through the stages of the Wilson Trail, the Hong Kong Trail and recently the Lantau Trail we made our way over to the East to start the MacLehose Trail. It is the toughest, longest but also the first long-distance trail that was laid in Hong Kong. The trail… Continue reading Hiking: MacLehose Trail Stage 1

Kowloon, New Territories, Outdoor Activity

Hiking: East Kowloon

I joined the Meet Up group to explore the Eastern parts of Kowloon, as I don't really venture out into this area. We met Tiu Keng Leng MTR and explored the surrounding areas. After a few minutes walking alongside the street, we came to a small hill. We climbed onto the water catchment, which had… Continue reading Hiking: East Kowloon

New Territories, Outdoor Activity

Hiking: Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail (the first part)

With the hiking group we explored the Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail (Chinese: 元荃古道), also known as Yuen Tsuen Traditional Footpath. This is a trail linking Yuen Long and Tsuen Wan in the New Territories of Hong Kong. The trail was the major trail for travelling between two major towns for villages trading their necessaries before… Continue reading Hiking: Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail (the first part)