August 24, 2015 Comments Off on Hong Kong Trail Stage 7 Hong Kong Trail

Hong Kong Trail Stage 7

Hong Kong Trail Stage 7

Hong Kong Trail Stage 7 begins at the end of Hong Kong Trail Stage 6 or you may first catch the bus from Chai Wan or Stanley to get to the trail head. Get off the bus at Tai Tam Reservoir North Stop for bus number 314 or 14. The bus stop is about 150 meters from the trail head.

Getting to the Trail Head

Catch the number 14 or 314 bus from Chai Wan or Stanley and get off at Tai Tam Reservoir North
Hike Hong Kong Trail Stage 6

Hong Kong Trail Stage 7 is a paved trail that runs alongside a water catchment for the majority of the way. As with Stage 2, it is a means to an end to get from the end of Stage 6 to the beginning of Stage 8. It does however offer some wonderful views of Tai Tam Harbour which often has boats or skiers enjoying the bay. Wildlife on this trail is mostly, from my experience, snakes. I couldn’t count how many snakes I saw swimming alongside me while walking this trail, however they were all non-venomous and all out of reach, deep in the water catchment runoff.

Trail Features

Wildlife sightings – snakes
Pleasant views of Tai Tam Harbour

The end of Hong Kong Trail Stage 7 will put you on Shek O Road, right by a bus stop, or you could continue onto Hong Kong Trail Stage 8, the infamous Dragons Back. The bus from/to here goes to Shau Kei Wan.

Trail End Options

Bus to/from Shau Kei Wan
Continue onto Hong Kong Trail Stage 8

First off, here is a map of the mobile network coverage of Hong Kong Trail Stage 7. Take note of telephone booth locations and poor network coverage areas just in case you or one of your team members should have an accident. It is also useful to note the distance marker points so that if you do have an accident, that you can quote the nearest distance post.

Hong Kong Trail Stage 7 Mobile Network Coverage

Hong Kong Trail Stage 7 Mobile Network Coverage

And… onto the hike. Make sure you’ve got a cap and plenty of water since there is little to no shade on this trail, par the last 500 meters.

End of Stage 6, Start of Stage 7.

End of Stage 6, Start of Stage 7.

Make your way towards the water catchment.

Make your way towards the water catchment.

7km of paved footpath awaits you. Go straight.

7km of paved footpath awaits you. Go straight.

Prawn

Prawn

Other than the snakes, there are some other interesting things to look at too.

Other than the snakes, there are some other interesting things to look at too.

A sneak peek of the views to come.

A sneak peek of the views to come.

And there we have it. Ptyas Mucosus Common Rat Snake with stretched portion of body displaying an undigested meal.

And there we have it. Ptyas Mucosus Common Rat Snake with stretched portion of body displaying an undigested meal.

Ptyas Mucosus Common Rat Snake

Ptyas Mucosus Common Rat Snake

Milvus Migrans Black Kite

Milvus Migrans Black Kite

Tai Tam Harbour

Tai Tam Harbour

Tai Tam Harbour. Stage 7 is all about views and wildlife.

Tai Tam Harbour. Stage 7 is all about views and wildlife.

Tai Tam Harbour.

Tai Tam Harbour.

Tai Tam Harbour.

Tai Tam Harbour.

Butterfly

Butterfly

Tai Tam Harbour.

Tai Tam Harbour.

Papilio Protenor Spangle Butterfly caught in the web of a Golden Orb Weaver.

Papilio Protenor Spangle Butterfly caught in the web of a Golden Orb Weaver.

Orthetrum Glaucum Common Blue Skimmer Dragonfly.

Orthetrum Glaucum Common Blue Skimmer Dragonfly.

Orthetrum Glaucum Common Blue Skimmer Dragonfly.

Orthetrum Glaucum Common Blue Skimmer Dragonfly.

Keep to the right.

Keep to the right.

Ideopsis Similis Ceylon Blue Glassy Tiger Butterfly.

Ideopsis Similis Ceylon Blue Glassy Tiger Butterfly.

Orthetrum Glaucum Common Blue Skimmer Dragonfly.

Orthetrum Glaucum Common Blue Skimmer Dragonfly.

Cross to the other side of the waterway.

Cross to the other side of the waterway and back again.

Lan Nai Wan.

Lan Nai Wan.

Lin Hook Sin Koon

Lin Hook Sin Koon

Lan Nai Wan.

Lan Nai Wan.

Continue straight.

Continue straight.

Trithemis Festiva Indigo Dropwing Dragonfly

Trithemis Festiva Indigo Dropwing Dragonfly

Trithemis Festiva Indigo Dropwing Dragonfly

Trithemis Festiva Indigo Dropwing Dragonfly

Ptyas Korros Chinese Ratsnake

Ptyas Korros Chinese Ratsnake

Ptyas Korros Chinese Ratsnake

Ptyas Korros Chinese Ratsnake

Ptyas Korros Chinese Ratsnake

Ptyas Korros Chinese Ratsnake

Lan Nai Wan.

Lan Nai Wan.

Trithemis Festiva Indigo Dropwing Dragonfly

Trithemis Festiva Indigo Dropwing Dragonfly

Lan Nai Wan.

Lan Nai Wan.

Keep straight.

Keep straight.

Ptyas Mucosus Common Rat Snake

Ptyas Mucosus Common Rat Snake

A fork in the road that meets at the same point. Take either.

A fork in the road that meets at the same point. Take either.

Tai Tam Harbour.

Tai Tam Harbour.

Tai Tam Harbour.

Tai Tam Harbour.

Tai Tam Harbour.

Tai Tam Harbour.

Tai Tam Harbour.

Tai Tam Harbour.

Go straight.

Go straight.

Turn left.

Turn left.

End of Hong Kong Trail Stage 7.

End of Hong Kong Trail Stage 7.

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