Stream 20 minutes walking distance from FoTan MTR station, with pools to dip into and different hiking options around.
- Beauty/fun: 7.5/10. Easy access, different options, almost all the waterfalls are climbable, pools to dip into, distinct sections and an old abandoned village at the end to check around. Only little complaint is that the water is never completely clear, I guess due to the soil composition of the riverbed/riverbank.
- Difficulty: 5 to 6.5/10. Depending if you are doing it trying to avoid being in the water as much as possible, or you are IN almost all the time, respectively.
The simplest way to arrive at the stream is taking MTR to Fo Tan. Exit D and start walking uphill NW direction. You could avoid the initial 15min by taking a taxi up there, as even the Up Wong Chuk Yeung path is concrete.
Go up next to the crossing gate in the middle and you will arrive in seconds at the end of the stream itself. Up these stairs
next to the “white hole”.
Down again to the stream.
Immediately you will be seeing the waterfalls.
There are ribbons marking alternative paths a little bit higher. In the first one on your right. But the fun part is climbing them within.
If you do so get ready to get quite wet, or actually, go for it all swimming a bit.
If you take the lateral alternative path try to find your way back to the stream asap. Otherwise, you might connect with other ancient paths (rock steps) and miss some of the fun. I don’t have a pic from the next section. First time there pouring exactly in that moment, second time running up and down trying to find someone who got lost with exactly what I have explained previously. But you can climb up the waterfall through a little “cave”. Pic from wildconqueror.
Little later you will arrive at two of the highest falls en route.
You can swim there and sit under it comfortably.
This can be climbed if the water flow is not very strong and you are a really good climber. Otherwise, you better go back a dozen meters and find the ribbon path on its left. Soon you will find a little path downhill. Quite steep and with bit of rock descending required.
You might want to take a rope to descend here if with weaker hikers. Turn left and you will see the second waterfall you had seen before from below.
This is climbable on its right. If you want to be on the safe side, go back up the same way you came and continue the ribboned path up. You will arrive at the top of the waterfall again. Continue up and you will find some fun vine areas.
The roots are really helpful to continue on your dry way.
Just after you will arrive to a new waterfall. Dry path on its right
fun part within.
Up in the stream, the rock grip is quite good, little stairs like.
In any case, if you do not feel comfortable just find an easier way on your right. And the views of the city below.
The two versions of this route expressed in a picture. Grace up with “cheesin gweilos” face looking down to the other two having “fun” 😛
But, I myself think the full wet version is definitely way more fun.
Trees, rocks, stream.
Helping one each other.
A romantic moment captured in the middle of the jungle.
And the last waterfalls to climb.
Last last one. Way easier path in the twin waterfall in its left instead of this one. But he was testing himself.
Just after you will arrive at the first clear fork out. All the nicest waterfalls are behind already, so you can take the right path, East direction.
In the Opencyclemap screenshot (if you don’t know how to use this go to the GPS section) I have marked the 3 paths you can take afterward. Unless you want to visit Au Pui Wan abandoned village itself I would suggest you to go through (2). The vegetation is very dense in (1), but shortest distance back to Fo Tan and not very steep. (2) is an intermediate option: a lot clearer path and quite fast. Instead, if you continue on (3), the clearest path initially.
Little by little you will get more surrounded by vegetation.
You will even pass by a concrete path, but if you really want to go down again (path marked on the map), well… Did I say that it can get dense in the summer time? 😛
Plush here is quite steeper. The “out-path” is not long and soon you will connect with another concrete section that will take you
down to the civilization.
If you continue up the stream in the fork mentioned before (orange line on the map) you will continue seeing quite some small waterfalls. Initially, you can find some denser vegetation, even a fun slide like waterfall.
But later the slope decreases and the stream becomes wider with the forest covering around.
You will find quite some human remains: a couple of little dams, walls that used to protect paddies, etc. The only significant fork that you need to take care of is this one. Continue on your right. It is the biggest tributary, in any case.
And soon you will arrive at the cross with a clear hiking path
used in ancient times for the villagers to arrive here. The main gate to the Au Pui Wan village.
Window to the old rural Hong Kong.
With the nature conquering back the lands abandoned by the humans.
For easy exit turn to the right and go down through the purple and black paths. If you want a longer and more adventurous route turn left and continue up towards MacLehose and Grassy Hill area. I have not marked on the map, cause involves a significantly longer distance, rough ascent and ending up in Shing Mun Country Park or similar (as per my run 10km extra).