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High Junk Peak: A steep but rewarding hike

National Geographic
  • Written by National Geographic
High Junk Peak: A steep but rewarding hike

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Average hiking time: 3.5 hours | Distance: About 8.5 km | Difficulty: Difficult

The summit of High Junk Peak (344m) is the highest accessible point on the Clear Water Bay Peninsula, overlooking the magnificent Clear Water Bay.

Refuel
Refuel
There are no refueling stops on the trail.

Ng Fai Tin

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Stop 1: Ng Fai Tin

Once off the bus, cross the road and take the stairs next to the pavilion. A few minutes into the shaded hike, the path will open up to the sky again as you ascend. Soon you’ll be high up enough to get a view of Tseung Kwan O’s urban landscape, which stands in stark contrast to the idyllic greenery around you. 

Trail condition
Trail condition
Both High Junk Peak and Tin Ha Shan are steep and hard to climb. There are gravel sections, and occasionally you’ll need to scramble. The rest of the trail is level with several retreat points.
Miu Tsai Tun & Sheung Yeung Shan

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Stop 2: Miu Tsai Tun & Sheung Yeung Shan

Walk up Sheung Yeung Shan, and on your left you’ll first see the beautiful coastline of Sheung Sze Wan. About 10 minutes later, you’ll come across a fork in the trail; go left toward Miu Tsai Tun. It’s a slightly challenging hill, but once you’ve climbed to its top, you’ll have the perfect vantage point from which to view High Junk Peak.

Most of the High Junk Peak Country Trail is also part of the High Junk Peak Mountain Bike Trail, which is open for mountain biking on weekdays. Hike with care to avoid accidents.
High Junk Peak

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Stop 3: High Junk Peak

On the ridge are spectacular views of the impressive Clear Water Bay and the immense Pacific Ocean. On a clear day, the Ninepin Group, a group of islands on the eastern side of Hong Kong, is also within sight from here. Exiting Miu Tsai Tun, follow the country trail and the peak is a roughly 20-minute climb away. It’s not easy to get to the top, and you may need to scramble up the steep hillside in places. If you do not wish to climb it, you can continue on the country trail; follow the signs to head to Tai Miu Wan (Joss House Bay). 

Bring a flashlight or headlamp with you if you plan on watching the sunset from High Junk Peak.
Tin Ha Shan, Po Toi O Chuen & Joss House Bay

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Stop 4: Tin Ha Shan, Po Toi O Chuen & Joss House Bay

Descend the peak along a flight of stone steps before ascending another winding flight of steps up Tin Ha Shan. As you walk downhill, you’ll see another bay called Po Toi O, with the Clear Water Bay Golf and Country Club in the distance. The Tin Hau Temple in Joss House Bay is also visible to the right. We recommend you visit the Tin Hau Temple. Built in 1266, it is Hong Kong’s oldest and largest Tin Hau Temple. Po Toi O Chuen is fascinating, too, for its small fishing-village vibe.

You can choose to finish your hike earlier instead of continuing on to Po Toi O. After you descend High Junk Peak and reach the country trail at the junction near distance post C3106, look for signs to Clear Water Bay Road. It’ll take about 20 minutes to walk to the bus stop from there.
Getting to Ng Fai Tin

Getting to Ng Fai Tin:

  • From MTR Diamond Hill Station Exit C2, take bus 91 to Ng Fai Tin.
  • From MTR Po Lam Station Exit A2, take green minibus 16 at the Public Transport Interchange to Ng Fai Tin.
  • From MTR Tseung Kwan O Station Exit A1, take green minibus 103M at the Public Transport Interchange to Ng Fai Tin.

Leaving from Po Toi O Chuen:

  • Take green minibus 16 at the entrance of Po Toi O Chuen to MTR Po Lam Station.

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