Hong Kong Staycation: Nam Sang Wai- weekend escape into miniature forests
I heard from some that foreigners love Hong Kong for its convenience, we could commute from sea to country parks in half an hour, hike and return to the civilisation in no time. There are varieties of activities and natural scenery (in their miniature forms) in Hong Kong that many cannot dream of in their hometowns. Though it seems quite hard for us Hong Kongers to indulge in these pleasures without thinking about work next day, hope this article helps you unwind your nerves and appreciate some countryside’s beauty.
Transport options sorted by preference:
1) Starting from Sun Yuen Long Centre (G2 Exit of Yuen Long Station, West rail line, magenta coloured), rent and ride a bicycle (20-30 minutes to the meadow)
2) Starting from taking 76K at the bus stop across the footbridge after you exit G2 of the Yuen Long station, get off at the bus at Hung Mo Kiu station (literally translated: Red Fur Bridge!) and follow the instructions of the blue signs (50-65 minutes to the meadow)
3) Starting from the river ferry point and walk backwards to reach the scenic spots quickly (20 minutes to the popular instagram spot)
Watch out for:
1) The meadow (grass, trees and silvergrass)
2) The tunnel of trees
3) Instagrammable bridge (wooden bridge reaching out to the pond)
4) River crossing ferry service
The majority of people we met on our way opted for cycling, especially when Gobee.bikes and ovo bikes were having opening promotions; heard that apart from the deposit, you could ride an ovo bike for free! We did not do much research before we go, therefore we ended up walking to the meadow and the fish ponds. It was a slightly tiring but nonetheless very easy route, paved pedestrian roads and the Kam Tin river made up the first hour of our Nam Sang Wai trip.
In the middle of our journey we jumped into a pond side family-run store for rest. They sell tofu pudding, which to be honest, tasted quite badly. Still a lot of people would stop over. We encountered ladies selling frozen pineapple slices and iced herbal teas too.
We were instantly drawn to the crowds who went picnic and played ball games on the grass when we reached the not-so-obvious entrance of the meadow. Families were having fun- some even tied rock climbing ropes to the trees and made their own sliding device!
The funniest moment of the day has to be when people are climbing their ways into the silvergrass, and by all means try to pose for an Instagram shot. It was a hot photography topic on Instagram last Autumn, and all of a sudden they pulled up sullen faces- for the photo!
That obviously didn't work; we had traveled thus far, for an obligatory gesture we at last headed to the queue to the bridge photo spot. I was glad for how the photo turned out, but at the back of my head I could feel eyes glaring at the direction I was standing. The same happened when I tried to take a decent photo at the tunnel. (sigh Hong Kong! I could not even relax here!)
The river crossing ferry is the only remaining boat service operated by rowing in Hong Kong. They charge each person HKD6 for a 60 second ride- it's a fun experience if you have never tried it. Also, it would be the only path out to the Yuen Long city centre if you have followed thee mainstream anti clockwise route visiting Nam Sang Wai, unless you turn back to the starting point.
The ferry trip will mark the end of your adventure in Nam Sang Wai. Be sure to enjoy the scenery and the moment with your loved ones; comment below and tell me what are your thoughts!
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