20 February 2011
13 - 15 degree Celsius
Relative humidity 72%
"Three Joss-sticks" (三支香) refers to a series of three mounds at South Tsing Yi. I cannot find their names on HK maps. The official signage on the road mentions the road is leading to 細山 "Small Hill". At the tops of the mounds, there were official height poles, which look like tips of joss-sticks from afar, and thus the name.
When I checked information about the route, people used to mention about need to whack the bush and climb up certain part with the help of a rope. As we had seen these 3 mounds several times when we walked along Tsing Yi Nature Trail, the route had been in our list for quite some time.
We parked our car at Cheung Ching Estate and walked to Marfair Gardens via an underground tunnel. The first part of the route is easily identified at the side of Marfair Gardens. Before long, one will have to mount a number of steps. The route then cut through grave tombs on both sides. Tsuen Wan, Kwai Chung, Container Piers, Stonecutter bridge are all in view.
Obstacle lights were set up by Civil Aviation Department at the first and third mounds where lights sparkle to warn planes of the hills. The third mound is taller than the second, which in turn taller than the first. At the top of the third mound, The views are magnificent. As there was no other way going down from the top, we had to take the return trip. That's why the elevation profile is like a "Five Fingers Mountain" (五指山).
A new path was paved by the regional office from middle of the hill to Tsing Yi Road West. The path was just opened in autumn of 2010.
Nearly the whole route involves steps. I believe we climbed at least two to three thousands up and down steps.
After hitting Tsing Yi Road West, we turned left and walked a hundred meter and continued to walk Tsing Yi Nature Trail at the opposite side of the road.
1. Lots of steps
1. Lots of steps
2. Bring lots of water
3. Bring tripod to take Panorama photos