Guides and Trips

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Wonderland Villas - Kam Shan round trip
by oldpinetree on Feb 03, 2014
Hiking | 5.5 miles
3 February 201422 - 23 degrees CelsiusFine and sunnyRelative humidity 55%It's a trip to search for Bellflowers of Chinese New Year. I could not find Bellflowers at the places we saw them in previous years. Very fortunate indeed, I finally saw 2 blooming crops near the end of the journey (between Kam Shan Hill Fire Lookout and Emission Tower)Route: Wonderland Villas - Shek Lei Pui Reservoir - Shek Lei Pui Reception Reservoir...
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Lion Rock
by oldpinetree on Feb 01, 2014
Hiking | 3.5 miles
1 February 2014Fine and sunny18 - 22 degree CelsiusRelatively humidity 88%I started from Tin Ma Court. The steps to Reunification Pavillon were quite taxing. Mount further steps from there to the head of Lion Rock. There mist disappeared gradually when I reached there. How fortunate. Going along trail to the back and tail of Lion Rock and then descending along the Northern slope via small steps. I then went down the route...
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Ngong Ping to Tung Chung - NP360 Rescue Path
by oldpinetree on Jan 26, 2014
Hiking | 3.9 miles
26 January 2014Sunny turned cloudy19 - 21 degree CelsiusDue to unforeseen reasons, we changed the hiking route at last minutes and used the NP360 annual pass for the last time before expiry. One should never get lost in this route as it's straight forward. Get really close to the cable cars and the towers. Nice views of airport and Tung Chung.
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Nei Lak Shan Country Trail Anticlockwise
by oldpinetree on Jan 12, 2014
Ngong Ping, Hong Kong
Hiking | 3.9 miles
12 January 2014Windy but hazy18 -19 degree CelsiusCompleting the lop of Nei Lak Shan Country Trail in an anticlockwise direction. 
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Ngong Ping to Tai O
by oldpinetree on Dec 25, 2013
Hong Kong, New Territories, Hong Kong
Hiking | 8.2 miles
25 December 2013Sunny, dry and windy12 - 18 degree CelsiusWe could not find the trail of the old Lantau Trail stage 4. We had to go through Ngong Ping Road to the starting point of LT stage 5. The day was dry but the air was hazy. 
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Chuen Lung to Shing Mun via upper trail
by oldpinetree on Oct 13, 2013
New Territories, Hong Kong
Hiking | 4.4 miles
13 October 2013SunnyTemperature 27 degree CelsiusRelative humidity 62%After passing the third bridge on Lung Mun Country Trail, we took the direction to Lead Mind Pass and then descended to Shing Mun Reservoir. The views at the Southern slope of Tai Mo Shan were great. 
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Ngong Ping - Nei Lak Shan Country Trail
by oldpinetree on Jul 21, 2013
Hiking | 3.5 miles
21 July 2013 Hot and sunny 28-32 degree CelsiusWhen we last visited this trail, the weather was wet and rainy. This afternoon was very hot but windy. The first 1/3 part of the trail was totally unshaded and was very hot but commanded good views of the airport and Tung Chung. The second 1/3 of the trail got around the northern slope of the hill and was comfortable because of cooling breezes throughout. The...
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Tokyo downtown - Kitashinagawa
by oldpinetree on Aug 07, 2012
Higashi-ōsaki, Tōkyō, Japan
Sightseeing | 3.4 miles
7 August 2012 Fine and SunnyThe last morning of our Tokyo vacation. We planned to explore the downtown streets of the Shinagawa that we'd been staying for six nights. An interesting walk to see the old neighborhood shops and street scenes. There are lots of small restaurants as well, and should be an interesting place to explore more for eateries.
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Cycling in Karuizawa
by oldpinetree on Aug 02, 2012
Shin-karuisawa, Nagano, Japan
Sightseeing | 7.1 miles
2 August 2012Fine and SunnyWe took Shinkansen from Tokyo station to Karuizawa station. The ride was fast and comfortable. As it's a working day, the tourists did not pack this popular resort town of summer. We rented bikes near the station to tour around the place. Comfortable bike ride, nice food, ice-cream, beautiful mansions, we liked this day trip.
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Sakura viewing at Daigo-ji
by oldpinetree on Mar 25, 2013
Daigo, Kyōto, Japan
Sightseeing | 2.5 miles
25 March 2013 11 degree Celsius Fine and sunny weatherPhilip highly recommended Daigo-ji to me when I started planning my trip. Many travel guides stated that Daigo-ji would be "exploded" with tourists during Sakura season. Fortunately, there were not many tourists in this Monday afternoon. We had a wonderful walk in this place. We took JR subway from Kyoto Station to Yamashina Station (山科). Then we took Bus no. 22 and got off the bus...
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Man's romance in Kowata
by oldpinetree on Mar 27, 2013
Rokujizō, Kyōto, Japan
Sightseeing | 1.2 miles
27 March 2013 13 degree Celsius Light patches of rain A detour to Kowata was a bit impromptu. My young girl wanted to visit the headquarter and retail shop of Kyoto Animation - the studio producing K-On! anime series. I had half an hour of free time to picture the neighborhood near Kowata Station. Nothing special, I just felt good to do that.
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Nara - Todaiji Temple
by oldpinetree on Mar 27, 2013
Mitsugarasuchō, Nara, Japan
Sightseeing | 2.3 miles
27 March 2013 12 degree Celsius Cloudy and shaded After spending 2 days in Kyoto, we went for a day trip to Nara and Uji. We took JR from 京橋 to 鶴橋 and then changed at 鶴橋 to take 近鉄特急 to go to 近鉄奈良駅. It took me some time to figure out I should drop both JR and Kintetsu tickets together for changing gate. :PMy initial plan was just visiting 東大寺. I was glad to...
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Uji - From JR to Keihan
by oldpinetree on Mar 27, 2013
Uji, Kyōto, Japan
Sightseeing | 1.6 miles
27 March 2013 13 degree Celsius Patches of light showers We walked from Uji JR Station to Uji Keihan Station in this quiet little town. Uji is of course famous for its green tea. I did not read Genji Monogatari (源氏物語) before. Otherwise, I could have explored the place more.
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Ngong Ping to Shek Pik
by oldpinetree on Apr 20, 2013
Hiking | 4.4 miles
20 April 2013 Cloudy with sunny periods 26 degree Celsisus. Basically it's Shek Pik Country Trail from Ngong Ping near Widsom Path to Tong Fuk Catchwater. The trail was easy and was mostly descending. However, some parts of it were made of boulders which were quite slippery with moss growing on them. In addition, mosquitoes were very annoying. Do remember to bring mosquitoes repellent.
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Chuen Lung to Shing Mun
by oldpinetree on Mar 17, 2013
Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong
Hiking | 4.4 miles
17 March 2013 Cloudy 24 - 26 degree CelsiusA short hiking trip in the afternoon, basically Lung Mun Country Trail. There were a few light rain patches in our place in the morning. Luckily, the path was dry in the afternoon. Spring brings colorful flowers to Chuen Lung. There was not many flowers the Country Trail. However, the shades of green were lively
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Wu Kau Tang to Luk Keng
by oldpinetree on Jan 20, 2013
Sheung Miu Tin, Hong Kong
Hiking | 8.6 miles
20 January 2013 Cloudy and Shady 17 - 20 degrees CelsiusRelative humidity 75%Great weather for the journey - dry, not very cold and no sun overhead. It's been nearly 4 years since we last visited the place. The chicken and chicken congee were still excellent in Lai Chi Wo.
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Gilwell to Pok Hong
by oldpinetree on Mar 02, 2013
Ma On Shan, Hong Kong
Hiking | 4.4 miles
2nd March 2013Rainy and misty14 - 16 degree CelsiusWe initially planned to go from Gilwell to Pak Kong in Sai Kung. The gales and rain at Gilwell made us reconsider and we decided to take a short trip to Shatin Pass instead. When we reached Shatin Pass, the rain became drizzles. We therefore went down to Pok Hong in Shatin. B&W photos are more suitable for the light condition.
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Wonderland Villas to On Yam Estate
by oldpinetree on Dec 15, 2012
Kwai Chung, Hong Kong
Hiking | 2.6 miles
15 December 2012 Cloudy 22 - 25 degree Celsius It's been a long lapse since last short hiking trip. We stretched our limbs this afternoon from the backyard of our home. The weather was just right - neither too cold nor hot, not windy at the top of Golden Hills. We did not go to Shing Mun Reservoir. We continued going down the Golden Hill Road. On Yam Estate...
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Route Twisk to Ho Pui
by oldpinetree on Sep 15, 2012
Hong Kong
Hiking | 5.3 miles
15 September 2012Fine day26-31 degree CelsiusRelative humidity 75-95%Comfortable weather for a half day trip. The route is easy. Bus 51 from Tsuen Wan West MTR station to Route Twisk. Get off the bus at "Country Park" station. Beware of slippery rocks when the day is rainy. Green mini-bus at Ho Pui Village to go back to Yuen Long
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Ngong Ping - Nei Lak Shan Country Trail
by oldpinetree on May 13, 2012
Ngong Ping, Hong Kong
Hiking | 4.1 miles
13 May 2012Showers followed by fine weather26-30 degree CelsiusThe torrential rain in the morning nearly made us call off the hiking plan. Luckily, we went ahead in the afternoon for this short trip. Starting from Ngong Ping 360 cable car station, the initial part shared with Lantau Trail. Before going to the interim tower, the trail sign indicated clearly when to turn right to the country trail. It goes around the Nei Lak...

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