2 September, 2015
Health & Wellness, What's On HK

Top 5 Waterfall Hikes in Hong Kong

2 September, 2015

Get out and explore these easily accessible, wonderful waterfall spots!


TLC clearly never spent much time in Hong Kong. You should definitely go chasing waterfalls because they are right next to the rivers and the streams that you’re used to. Hong Kong’s hilly green spaces are home to dozens of these flowing cascades. While several of them are a mission to find, you’ve probably been close to many of the natural wonders without knowing. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most accessible spots, just off the trodden trailDo keep in mind, the amount of water flowing will all depend on how much it has been raining!

Sheung Luk Stream, Sai Kung, near Sai Wan Beach


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Cliff-jumping opportunities abound in this tiered series of waterfalls and natural pools hidden in the hills between Sai Wan and Ham Tin beaches in the Tai Long Wan cove. They are a perfect side stop for a day trip to the beach or during a camping staycation weekend.

Getting there:  From Sai Kung town, take the 29R Minibus from outside the McDonald’s to the Sai Wan Pavilion, or take a taxi to the Sai Wan Pavilion. You will see signs from there to Sai Wan. You will reach Sai Wan after about 40 minutes. Walk down the length of the beach to where you see the river coming out. Take the path that runs along the left side and follow it for 15-20 minutes into the woods until you see the pool.
Length:  3.5 km (one way)
Time at a leisurely pace:  About an hour
Avoiding wrong turns:  There is a cement foot bridge that crosses the river – don’t go over it. Stay on the path to the left.
Get home: Either hike back out the way you came or arrange a sampan from Sai Wan or Ham Tim, the next beach over in the inlet. You should arrange your boat before you leave Sai Kung town as they can get full, or may not be running due to weather.

Bride’s Pool and Mirror Pool, Plover Cove, near Tai Mei Tuk


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Urban legend holds that the area gets its name from a bride who fell into the pool and drowned when she was being carried in a sedan chair during stormy weather. Today, there is a clearly marked, paved and flat path to get to the falls. There are some beautiful trails around Plover Cove, so it’s worth using these as just brief picnic and snack stops during a full-day of wandering in the area.

Get there:
  Take the MTR to the Tai Po Market stop. If it’s a Sunday or public holiday, you can take the 275R bus to the Bride’s Pool stop. Any other day, just hop in a taxi, which will take about 25 minutes. From there, there are clearly marked paths for the Bride’s Pool Nature Trail.
Length:  Less than 1 km to Bride’s Pool and less than 1 km beyond that to Mirror Pool
Time at a leisurely pace:  30-45 minutes (one way)
Avoiding wrong turns:  Since there are so many trails around here, the signs are very clear on directions. If in doubt, Google maps is your friend.
Get home: Call or hail a taxi from the trailhead if there are no busses. Spend some time in Tai Mei Tuk, a nice waterfront area filled with restaurants and bike paths, on the way out. There are busses or taxis to take you back to the MTR from there.

Man Cheung Po, Lantau, near Tai O


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Less than four kilometres from the Tai O bus stop on Lantau you can find 200 meters of layered, tumbling waterfalls that include an infinity pool. If that isn’t enough, couple the adventure with a day exploring the Tai O fishing village and keeping a keen eye out for the famous pink dolphins in the area.

Get there:
  Take the MTR to Tung Chung or the Ferry to Mui Wo. From there, hop on the number 11 bus or number 1 bus, respectively, to the Tai O bus stop. For the impatient among you, taxis work as well. Follow the pier near the bus stop, continuing along the shorefront path. About 2.5 km into the walk, you will see a sign on your left for Man Cheung Po, this is a longer route to the pool. If you just stay on the walking path, the next set of stairs you see on the left, about 500 meters further, is a shortcut to the falls.
Length:  The first path is 5.6 km (one way) to the pool while the shorter path is about 3.8 km
Time at a leisurely pace:  1.5 to 2 hours
Avoiding wrong turns: Even if you forget our directions and take the longer path, you can take the shortcut home.
Get home: Head back to Tai O the way you came. After some exploring and refreshments, jump back on the bus or in a taxi to Tung Chung for MTR or Mui Wo to catch the ferry back into town.

Ng Tung Chai, New Territories, Tai Mo Shan, Near Tai Po Market and Kadoorie Farm


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The North-western face of Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong’s tallest peak, boasts some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the city, with the highest being 35 meters tall. It’s the perfect place for swimming and picnicking, with a cultural stop at the Man Tak Yuen temple along the way.

Get there:
  Take the MTR to Tai Wo station. From there, take the 25K bus to Ng Tung Chai Road. If you get off on the bus, continue on road for about 350 meters until you see a path branch off to the right. If you’re in a taxi, just ask to go to the Ng Tung Chai waterfall path. Stay on the main path, where the waterfalls are clearly marked. The path gets much steeper beyond Bottom Fall (the first fall on the main path) but the views further up are worth the climb.
Length:  3 km (one way)
Time at a leisurely pace:  About an hour
Avoiding wrong turns: Stay on the main path; it takes you to all of the falls and is much less slippery and steep than shortcuts that might tempt you.
Get home: Go back the way you came or continue to follow the path and take the first big right turn to Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden. You’ll see a pagoda roof sticking above the trees near the path. It will take about as long to get there as it would to walk back and is worth the side stop. You can get a taxi from there or take the 64k back to Tai Wo station.

Silver Mine Waterfall, Lantau, near Mui Wo


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Even easier to get to than the Tai O falls, this series of waterfalls begins less than 2 kilometres from the Mui Wo Pier. There are three sets of falls, the Silvermine lower falls, Pearl falls and Silvermine main falls. These falls are heavily dependent on rain flow and there isn’t much opportunity for swimming – make the most of it by visiting in the wet season.

Getting there:
  Walk from the ferry pier toward the beach, following the beach along, past Silvermine Beach Resort. You will see signs for waterfalls and shuttered silver mine cave.
Length:  About 3 km (one way)
Time at a leisurely pace:  About an hour
Avoiding wrong turns:  The path will fork about 300 meters after you leave the beach, stay to the left of the creek, taking the left path.
Get home: There are some much longer hiking paths connected to these trails but for a short trip, the easiest path is simply back the way you went up.

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