荃灣山行 first hike in tsuen wan 2012.9.8

第一次在荃灣行山,二時集合。起步前突然下起雨來,興致涼了一截。一行約六十人在荃灣地鐵站下的的士站等車。終於三時全體齊集大帽山郊野公園林務站*。慶幸雨也早停而天色也轉亮。

last saturday i and two friends followed a trek tour at tsuen wan. i never hike in this district before and had made no expectation before the trip. it turned out to be very enjoyable, because of the wonders along the trek, also of the great gathering with friends.

we started at the tai mo shan country park management centre. take a kmb bus 51 from tsuen wan west or tsuen wan mtr stations and alight at this stop.

*行山界普遍稱我們起行的地點為荃錦坳,乘坐巴士51號,可從荃灣西或荃灣站上車到「郊野公園站」下車。而乘的士的話,可能要用大帽山郊野公園林務站名稱。

一開始一段大欖林道,鬱綠深幽,加上下過雨霧氣凝繞,行走起來像漂游林間,頗有仙意。

the first half of the trip is nice and easy. we went along the tai lam forest track and had a wonderful forest shower. it rained right before (luckily) and curtains of shower mist were trapped within the woods. it added a sense of fairy ground to the beginning of our journey.

首個多小時路段主要是林木和山色,間而城市的遠景輪流左右兩面出現。此時已經察覺,整個路程一另類特色,上空經常有飛機經過。走上比較入林的山路,經過荒廢的房子和滑梯,路面後回復水泥面,周圍的山景逐漸開闊。我們也踏進元荃古道範圍。

half way through our path turned from concrete to mud. it wasn’t long nor difficult. glad to have a part of the trek like this in fact because our journey included a section of an old trail called yuan tsuen ancient trail; yuen refers to yuen long, and tsuen is tsuen wan; our trek on saturday was almost all on man-made path, except of this section.

再而遠前方山坡展示一道少見的牧牛盛況 – 雖然沒有牧羊人或牧羊狗 – 却是一群黃牛朝著山下方向迅速趕赴的場面。cattle are not rare in rural hong kong. but it was spectacles for me to see so many wild cows dashed downhill together like being shepherd. 

隨而我們在石龍拱高處,向右觀賞青馬大橋及寬闊海天景致,左前方則是青衣荃灣的城市密林。由此點便是下山的路段,先跟花山猴王石打個照面,我們便衝著荃灣就在腳下的景觀進發。

and the excitement did not stop there. soon after meeting the cattle by far, we enjoyed a 180 degree view across south china sea, tsing ma bridge to tsuen wan urban area at shek long gong.

the rest of the route was straightly going downhill and the view was amazing. mountain green accompanying us on the left and the urban jungle of tsuen wan was right at our footstep.

這段路陡幅蠻大對膝蓋腳底都是考驗一邊走也不忘慶倖下山總比上山易。接近港安醫院終點,附近散住一些從事種植的平房,也是另一風光也令我想像舊日這裡的村落風土民情。it was steep and a test to our knee cap and feet palm towards the end of the route. we passed through some shabby houses with planting ground in front and our journey ended at kwong on hospital.

火炭母 chinese knotweed

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