A trifle mystified at how it crossed the harbour,
the Wilson Trail makes up for any lapse as Section
3 twists energetically up Devil’s Peak (222 metres).
Past the remains of an old hilltop fort, the
trail has fine panoramas – out across Tathong
Channel to turtle-shaped Tung Lung Chau, over
the harbour to its rim of buildings and mountains,
and northeastwards to Clear Water Bay Peninsula.
Wayside cuttings and fern banks lead us on. Then,
just through a small pass, one looks back to the
impressive northern face of Devil’s Peak with its
sheer forbidding cliffs. So begins a section of
hiking trail that only Hong Kong could offer, with
startling contrasts of country and city. On one
hand there are dark heavy boulders, reddish earth,
bracken, bamboos – and the sounds of birdsong.
On the other, just a few hundred metres away, a
line of tower blocks forms a barrier – and the
rumble of city traffic comes up.
Farther on a step path ascends
to Black Hill, past boulder outcrops veined with
quartz. The flat-topped summit of Black Hill (304
metres) presents the first all-round view of Kowloon
peninsula. The hill itself – steep, rocky, scrubby
– drops down to a fringe of tower blocks, farthest
sentinels of urban districts that reach back and
back. Incredibly densely developed, Kowloon presents
an awesome concrete expanse. How good to be up
in the hills!
As the Black Hill ridge winds
on new vistas open up. To the north and northeast
are hints of the grandeur of Clear Water Bay Peninsula
and the Sai Kung region. Ranges recede into the
distance. And, on clear days, the profiles of Ma
On Shan and Sharp Peak rise up – the former with
its hollow saddle, the latter with its twisted
Public Transport Take the MTR to Yau Tong station.
From there it is a 10-minute walk to the start
point of Section 3, as described below. (Technically
Section 3 begins at the MTR Lam Tin station,
but the new MTR Yau Tong station gives quicker
Taxi Distance and Time Kowloon Star Ferry to Devil’s
Peak – 12 km, about 25 minutes.
Section Start Point
From the MTR Yau Tong station, go along Lei Yue
Mun Road to its eastern end. At the roundabout,
turn left then immediately right, up the signed
road to the Chinese Protestant Cemetery. After
a steep ascent, just where the road levels out,
take the flight of steps up to the left.
Section 3 starts by the area map (W020) and bears
left. To shorten the hike distance, begin this
section just south of Black Hill, along the Ocean
Section End Point Tseng Lan Shue at Clear Water
Bay Road. To begin Section 4 cross the road and
enter the village. To return home, buses and minibuses
run to the MTR Choi Hung station.