Ng Tung Chai – Cool and Refreshing!
Hong Kong in the summer is HOT and HUMID, especially on Hong Kong Island. That is why Ng Tung Chai is a perfect escape! If you’ve been here or live here, enough said. If you haven’t, trust me, pit stains will become your best friend. But…if you’d prefer to have something other than sweat staining your armpit region, read on as we’ll tell you how you can make Hong Kong’s summer cool and refreshing.
With this off the beaten path hike, nestled in the Lam Tsuen Valley, you’ll find a way to both cool off and to immerse yourself in Hong Kong’s natural beauty.
Now, we never said this was going to be easy. From Hong Kong Island, to Ng Tung Chai (Chinese Parasol Tree Village) aptly named after all the parasol trees there, it’ll take you about 2 hours by public transit or about 45 minutes by car (we’ll tell you the specifics below), but the journey is doubly rewarding. First because, as you venture farther North away from Hong Kong Island, you will see the stunning transition from concrete jungle to actual jungle. (And the jungle here in Hong Kong is blindingly emerald green. It’s spectacular!) Second, you’ll be heading to Ng Tung Chai, and that my friends is one of the most rewarding decisions you can make to beat the Hong Kong Summer heat!
A bit of a disclaimer first though: Ng Tung Chai is an intermediate to advanced hike. It is about 3.5 challenging miles round trip. It is quite steep going both up and down. However, if you’re up for it, the nearly half dozen waterfalls you’ll get to see and play in are the perfect way to make Hong Kong’s summer cool and refreshing! Enjoy this hike safely, and make sure you have the proper supplies, and you’ll have a GREAT time!
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Once you’ve arrived at Tai Wo MTR Station, you’ll need to get on either the 64K double decker bus, or the 25K minibus (Both will take you to where you want to the start of the trail.) Alternately, you could take a taxi too! Tell the taxi you want to go to Chai Kek 寨乪, or just show them the Chinese characters.
To get to the bus terminal, you will need to go to the street level of Tai Wo MTR Station, and make sure you’re street level near the McDonald’s. There is only one McDonald’s at Tai Wo, so if you’re street level and you see the McDonald’s you’re golden ;-). Also, to make sure you get on the bus and go in the correct direction, make sure you board the bus from the bus stops that are on the side nearest McDonald’s. There are bus stops on the side farthest from McDonald’s, but those are NOT the correct ones.
You can take either bus to the Chai Kek 寨乪 stop, and that is where you will begin your hike.
On the 64K, the name of the upcoming stop scrolls across a digital announcement board. On the 25K there is no such digital board, so you will either have to say “Chai Kek” to the driver or have an eagle eye to see the passing bus stop signs and then say “stop pleas” or if your daring, in Cantose, ‘bah-see tscham’ which translates to ‘bus stop’.
What to Bring
Aside from a few snacks, as well as some bug spray, all you’ll really need for this hike is some water, and a water filter (if you’d like to be able to drink the cool and refreshing water from the falls). To both of those ends, we usually bring this super simple and effective Sawyer water filter* and use these Hydro Flask reusable (and insulated) water bottles*.
The Hiking Route at Ng Tung Chai
Basically, the whole route makes a lollipop shape. Check out the map below.
As an aside, the trail is NOT marked in either blue or red. This is my own method of showing you where to go, so don’t waste anytime looking for blue or red markings, as they aren’t there.
As you can see, you’ll be starting at the road and ending back at the road.
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Once you arrive at the Chai Kek stop, walk uphill towards Chai Kek Road, but do NOT turn left up Chai Kek Road. Instead, walk a few feet past the road, and turn left to go up the sidewalk.
Continue to walk uphill, until you see these two houses. The one on the right sometimes sells cold drinks, so bring a little change/cash if you’d like! (I know “continue to walk uphill” is somewhat vague, but as long as you stay on the obviously main path and walk continually uphill, you will not go astray. From the bus stop to the two houses, at a moderate pace, it will take about 10-15 minutes.)
Walk on the small path between the two houses, and then bear to the left. At this point, you should see the Ng Tung Chai sign, and if you do, you’re on the right path!
Hong Kong’s Summer Cool and Refreshing
At this point, you are basically going to walk uphill for a while, so pace yourself. I promise though, if you put in the effort, you will beat the Hong Kong Summer Heat Waterfall Style! You really will! Along the way, you’ll pass four waterfalls. I have pictured number two and three. They are my favorites. At number two, if you dare, you can swim. At three, even to this day, I find myself breathless from its magnificent beauty. I’ll leave the rest of them for you to discover!
Here are some of the other treats you may get to see along the way!
And since you’re going to be hungry afterwards, why not eat lunch at the Tai Po Wet Market? You can find Tai Po Market here, on Google maps. If you’ve got any pep left in your step after Ng Tung Chai, you could always head to Lamma Island for a hike!
Bam! Get out there and explore! 🙂
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