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2176Easy hike for April 5th - Nam Sang Wai

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  • glbglb1
    Apr 2, 2014
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      Posted by Greg on behalf of Tim:
      Nam Sang Wai stroll – station to station

      A stroll is not a hike so be warned this is a low calorific outing. Those aerobically unconcerned can enjoy the open vista of the marshland abutting the Mai Po Reserve. Bring your field glasses and it’s unlikely you’ll be disappointed. Poor weather, however, detracts too much from an outing like this so call on the morning if it looks nasty.

      Meet 10 AM at West Rails’s Yuen Long Station – I don’t remember the exit # so let’s meet in the spacious hall in front of the public loo, inside of the turnstile. The walk is a counter-clockwise loop from one end of the station ending in the other in 4 leisurely hours including a bird-watching lunch break. We walk through Wong Uk Tsuen, an old walled village directly outside the station, past the storm drain system, onto the promenade with the marshland on one side and the mature-mangrove-lined KamTin River on the other. Along the way and overlooking a fish pond is a rest stop, made friendly to people and birds alike by the local family who runs it, and offers herbal teas and a small range of snacks. In another 2K or so the promenade ends in the part of marshland which is walkable during the dry months – a bed of weeds tamped down season after season. A 1K loop around it can be a fun option which entails a bit of scrambling over and under scratchy weeds, head-height at times. Then it’s a 10-meter ride on the last operating punt in HK, and a 1/2K walk to finish at Yuen Long Station.

      Bring water, bug spray and (here’s hoping) sunscreen.

      According to www.hike.hk, these buses are supposed to work : 68M, 68X, 54, 64K, 64P, 76K, 77K, 264M, 268B, 268C, 269D, 276, 276P, 968, E34, B1
      Tim - 93889849