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Section 1: Pak Tam Chung to Long Ke Section 6: Tai Po Road to Shing Mun
Section 2: Long Ke to Pak Tam Au Section 7: Shing Mun to Lead Mine Pass
Section 3: Pak Tam Au to Kei Ling Ha Section 8: Lead Mine Pass to Twisk
Section 4: Kei Ling Ha to Tai Lo Shan Section 9: Twisk to Tin Fu Tsai
Section 5: Tai Lo Shan to Tai Po Road Section 10: Tin Fu Tsai to Tsuen Mun
   
Starting Point: Long Ke
Finishing Point: Pak Tam Au
Length: 13.5 kilometres
Time: 5.0 hours
Difficulty: Fairly Difficult
   

Introduction:
Section Two runs through impressive country -- the peaks, uplands, peninsulas and bays around Tai Long Wan. This section goes through the north half of Sai Kung East Country Park, to its border along the Pak Tam Road.

The route begins at Long Ke, then makes a steep ascent to Sai Wan Shan. Climbing up here, one has majestic views over a superb coastline - and north towards conical Sharp Peak. After dropping down to Sai Wan, the Trail follows the beaches to Ham Tin, then turns inland over the coastal hills. Finally section Two skirts some shallow sea inlets, before ending at Pak Tam Au.

The rocks near Long Ke are rhyolite, a fine grained volcanic rock formed when lava cools rapidly. Rhyolite's six-sided crystals create, on a much larger scale, hexagonal columns of rock -- which give the Long Ke coastline its distinct appearance. Jagged brown-grey columns of rhyolite rear up everywhere.

The outer Sai Kung peninsula is a ria (or submerged) coast. Late in the last Ice Age, about 15,000 BC, the sea level was 100 metres lower than today. Then, from about 15,000 BC until 5,000 BC, the global climate warmed and the sea level rose. Hong Kong, with its hilly terrain, inherited a deeply indented coast: valleys became bays, ridges became headlands, hills became islands. In all of Hong Kong, the east Sai Kung peninsula has the most dramatically indented coast: the MacLehose Trail looks out over bays, coves, islands, islets and headlands.

Transport Access:
The end point of Section 2 is a very popular entry point to access the magnificent coastal wonders of Tai Long Sai Wan. To get to the end point of Section 2, take bus 94 from Sai Kung Town and get off at Pak Tam Au while you can access Tai Long Sai Wan via Chek Keng and Tai Long Au. Another popular route starts from the Sai Wan pavilion which is about one km to Chui Tung Au, from there you can walk up to Sai Wan Shan or walk down to Sai Wan. Infrequent village bus operates from Sai Kung Town to Sai Wan Pavilion on Sundays & Public Holidays.

Supplies are available at Sai Wan, Ham Tin and occasionally at Chek Keng. These shops have telephone services. Village toilets (with no flushing water) are located at Ham Tin and Chek Keng.

 

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