If you’ve already ticked off the island trails, scoped out the city’s southern coastline and found yourself itching for more adventure, why not head to one of the lesser-known pockets of the New Territories? With its combination of heritage, nature and serene escapes, the northwestern district of Yuen Long is the perfect destination for cultural nature-loving daytrippers alike.
What: Ping Shan Heritage Trail
Best For: Culture vultures
First stop is the picturesque Ping Shan Heritage Trail which extends just over 1km through a low-rise residential area. Originally built by the Tang clan, who were thought to have settled in the area during the 12th century, this trail meanders past a series of well-preserved ancestral halls, temples and courtyards. It’s one of the few locations where the distinct, grey-stone architectural style, reminiscent of a bygone era, can be found in HK.
What: Nam Sang Wai
Best For: A little R&R
Leisure seekers looking to soak up Yuen Long’s green scenes should head to Nam Sang Wai, a low-lying, wetland area surrounded by the Kam Tin and Shan Pui Rivers. It’s home to a 8km circuit, which can be explored on foot, or better yet, by bike - pick up some rental wheels at Ting Fung Bicycle Shop located 3 minutes from Yuen Long MTR station. Glide past sparkling ponds, peek into abandoned fish farms, or, if you’d rather take a gentler approach, it’s an ideal spot to watch birds and other forms of wildlife – on weekends, expect to be joined by local shutterbugs snapping them in their natural habitat.
What: Wetland Park
Best For: Families
Little nippers in tow? You’ll find plenty of activities to help keep temper-tantrums in check, including a visit to the Wetland Park. Situated next to the Mai Po Inner Deep Bay Ramsar Site, it’s home to a fascinating Visitor Centre where you can learn all about wetland biodiversity, civilisation and conservation across a range of themed, family-friendly exhibitions. Little ‘uns can even get up close and personal with dragonflies, butterflies, amphibians and Nemo and co. on one of the outdoor guided jaunts. That’s edu-tainment!
Ping Shan Heritage Trail / Ping Shan / Yuen Long / discoverhongkong.com
Ting Fung Bicycle Shop / G/F / Lee Kwan Bldg / 37 On Lok Rd / Yuen Long / +852 2442 3808 / yl.hk
Nam Sang Wai / Nam Sang Wai Rd / Yuen Long / discoverhongkong.com
Wetland Park / Wetland Park Rd / Tin Shui Wai / +852 3152 2668 / 10am-5pm Wed-Mon / wetlandpark.gov.hk