Hillsides thick with trees line the Wilson Trail
where Section 4 climbs up from Tseng Lan Shue.
Utterly different to the open ridges of the previous
section, here an old stone paved village path
ascends into the hills. The air is moist, the
ground carpeted with fallen leaves. Lichen covered
trees and jumbled boulders line the trail. Farther
up, deeper into the woods, the last sounds of
the village fade. With no distant views to savour,
close up details dominate. Bright green foliage
shimmers with the wet. The only sounds are the
buzz of insects, chirping birds and the drip-drip
of ground water.
Beneath slender bamboos one comes upon a lovely
spot – where a mountain stream gurgles down. Boulders
stand green with moss, ferns hang from overgrown
terrace walls. The same stream that once irrigated
the nearby fields now feeds nature – and aquatic
life, tiny fish and crustaceans that since ages
have lived here dart through the waters.
Some distance on one reaches the
village of Tai Lam Wu, where the long climb up
to Tate’s Pass begins. The route starts amidst
woodland, lower and scrubbier than before. Lianas
hang down, roots cross the path. Barbed pandanus
fronds threaten to scar passing hikers’ legs.
Public Transport Take the MTR to Choi Hung station
(exit C2) and then Minibus 1A (Sai Kung). After
the steep ascent, just past a Shell service station
alight at the next bus stop. This is Tseng Lan
Shue. From here it is a five-minute walk to the
start point of Section 4, as described below.
Taxi Distance and Time Kowloon Star Ferry to Tseng
Lan Shue – 10 km, about 25 minutes.
Section Start Point Turn left
into the village. Bear left past a pavilion, leave
a small concrete park to the left, and continue
along a small nullah to a T junction – turn right
and follow winding paths to the back of the valley.
Bear right as you approach the fringing woodland.
Section 4 enters the hills at the base of the slope,
beside a Country Parks map. Provisions are available
from Tseng Lan Shue’s village shops.
Section End Point Sha Tin Pass.
To begin Section 5, at the Sha Tin Pass food kiosk
turn right for 50 metres. To return home, walk
down Sha Tin Pass Road to north Kowloon.