JOURNEY 11@Devil’s Peak：
Start🚩：Pik Wan Road
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Yau Tong MTR A2 Exit > uphill Ko Chiu Road (next to Yau Tong Public Transport Interchange) > turn right to Pik Wan Road > continue for some 10 mins until seeing a staircase (trailhead)
End🏁：Ko Chiu Road
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follow the sign pointing to Yau Tong > continue to descend until it reaches a two-way road > bear right to walk back to Ko Chiu Road。
Past By📍：Wilson Trail 3rd Section
Traffic🚍：Any vehicles to Domain Mall or Yau Tong
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MTR A1 A2 Exit; KMB -14, 14X, 214, 62X, 259D, N216; Citybus – E22P, E22X, N26; Minibus – 24, 24M, 76B
Ideal For👥：Families, couples, friends, the elderly, those who go hiking on a whim
Trail🐾：Gentle slopes and long steps at the beginning; paved path and steps in the middle /end
View📷：Residential clusters, Junk Bay Chinese Permanent Cemetery, Shau Kei Wan Typhoon Shelter, Batteries, Tathong Channel,Victoria Harbour
Hike Gear👒：Non-slip sneakers、water、towel、lightweight backpakc、route map、fully charged mobile
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Breathable, comfortable clothing, non-slip sneakers (ideally with dented soles and shock absorption). Windproof jackets and thick socks during winter. Essentials: water, towel, lightweight backpack, route map (advised to make note of or cap screen on hiking route, fully charged mobile (and backup battery).
Nearby Spots🏃：Sam Ka Tsuen (Turn left as the path descends to a two-way road at the end)
Calorie Burned： 320Kcal
- Last (hygienic) toilet: Domain Hall
- No toilet and food replenishment
- Beware of cars at the end of the trail
- Hand/face wash spot and toilet: Domain Hall
My Devil’s Peak Trip:
Go with: my wife, suspected with Narcolepsy and self-claimed Sciatica.
Breakfast: Lassana Coffee @ Domain Hall
Going on an X’mas hike is not a festive special for us. Rather, we did it just to gain two or three extra waking hours.
Lured by the laid-back festive vibe, we had a nice slow-paced breakfast at Lassana Coffee @ Domain Mall. Golden pancakes served with maple syrup are yummy!
It was a clear, sunny morning, and we were already covered with sweat beads walking Ko Chiu road uphill. Going for this beginner’s trail is to make it easy for my wife, who said could have been in love with hiking and sunshine if not for the physical fatigue or possible occurrence of freckles.
We’re post-80s locals. I am 6ft. tall and she’s just tall enough coming up to my shoulders. I like to write and she loves to draw. Together we created a bunch of foolish stuff – adapted lyrics, imitative acting and speech – nothing serious yet with immense pleasure.
Like what we usually do, we zinged each other: “you walk too slow and now we’re behind schedule!”, “you’re soaking wet and stinky!”, “your eyeglasses slide down your flat nose, again!” On the way we cracked jokes at some times and took scenery snapshots at others.
Passing by the Junk Bay Chinese Permanent Cemetery, I was struck by its wide, unobstructed sea views. It’s ironic that a majority of Hongkongers has spent their lifetime just to pursue a tiny flat to call their own. It sounds utterly weird when “boutique flat” now becomes a luxurious name for the shoebox apartments.
On a military relic site, I took a shot of a deep air-raid shelter in which it’s too dark to be seen. It suddenly hit me “The only way to heaven is through hell”. So I wrote it as photo caption and uploaded it to Instagram. My wife read my post and commented mockingly, “Just a few rocks”. That’s the way we make fun of each other. We chat over endless foolish stuff and lucky enough, the human brain loves jokes very much and turns them into vivid memory for my enjoyment whenever needed.
During the hike, I found questions not only relevant to the present, but also to the past and future randomly popped up: “Where were we going last Xmas?” “Where exactly is the opposite side?” “How long further does it take to the top?” “What will we eat after we finish the walk?” Until then I wasn’t aware that I am curious to the surroundings.
It is only when you stand on the hilltop that you realize the thick concrete wall circling around us. Now that the concrete jungle is under foot, the view is great, the air is fresh and the mood is just right for a day of refreshment.