Duckling Hill is a short hill, both in height and distance, that separates Tsuen Kwan O from Clearwater Bay.
The Duckling Hill Hike is an easy trail that is quite popular among residents of Hang Hau and Po Lam. The hiking trial runs on the Tsuen Kwan O Heritage Trail, an old shortcut between Tsuen Kwan O and Clearwater Bay.
With the short distance and ease of access to the trail, it’s no surprise that Duckling Hill is a popular hike!
Duckling Hill Hike – Tsuen Kwan O Heritage Trail
Duckling Hill consists of two short peaks, Duckling Hill (Ap Tsai Shan) and Siu Nui Fung.
Both Duckling Hill and Siu Nui Fung are shorter than 200 metres, which means that you won’t be treated to the same views that are visible from higher peaks in the area, such as Razor Hill or High Junk Peak.
Although Duckling Hill is a small hill, it has multiple walking and hiking trails traversing its tiny mound.
There are a couple of walking paths on the side but the main hiking trail that runs on the crest of the hill is the Tsuen Kwan O Heritage Trail.
Unfortunately, the Tsuen Kwan O Heritage Trail consists of many, many steps! However, the saving grace is that the hill is relatively short and so it isn’t as painful as climbing the Twin Peaks.
In this post, we’ll focus on the Tsuen Kwan O Heritage Trail that traverses the Duckling Hill viewing point and Siu Nui Fung.
The Duckling Hill Hike starts from Ying Yip Road in Hang Hau. The most convenient way to arrive here is via a short walk from the Hang Hau MTR Station.
Once at Hang Hau MTR Station, take Exit A1 and turn right onto Sheung Ning Road.
At the end of East Point City, cross Chung Wa Road and turn left to stay on Sheung Ning Road. Continue walking on Sheung Ning Road as you approach Duckling Hill.
Take the pedestrian and cycling subway to cross Po Ning Road.
At the end of the tunnel, take the steps on the left and walk onto Ying Yip Road. Cross the road and walk ahead till you’re standing at the path going uphill.
This is where you start the climb up Duckling Hill.
Up Duckling Hill
Begin the hike by climbing the flight of easy steps.
At the landing after the first flight of steps, continue climbing the next flight of steps uphill.
At the end of these steps is a public toilet on the left, and the rest area on the right.
After the rest area, the trail flattens and curves to the left. Approximately 50-70 metres ahead is another flight of steps to the right, with a sign for Clearwater Bay Road.
Turn right and begin climbing up these steps. At this point, you’ll probably notice that the steps keep getting harder, relatively speaking.
Continue climbing this long flight of steps, as it curves left.
At the end of the steps, turn right at the landing and continue walking on the flat stone trail.
After approximately 100 metres, turn left onto the steps to reach the covered rest area.
To approach the final ascent to Duckling Hill, walk past the covered rest area to the flight of steps ahead.
The next 200 metres is the most challenging part of the Duckling Hill Hike.
The trail is a steady stream of uphill steps that makes this seemingly easy hike quite challenging!
Go slow and take breaks if necessary. Duckling Hill isn’t that far away!
Duckling Hill Viewing Point
At 153 metres, Duckling Hill (Ap Tsai Shan) is definitely one of the shorter peaks in Hong Kong.
The peak of Duckling Hill consists of a pavilion and a viewing point overlooking Hang Hau, Clearwater Bay-Port Shelter, and all the way to High Junk Peak.
Unfortunately, the day we hiked, it was so foggy that we could barely see the sea from on top of Duckling Hill.
But needless to say, on a clear day, the views of Clearwater Bay would be quite amazing from here!
To the gap between Duckling Hill and Siu Nui Fung
The walk to the gap between Duckling Hill and Siu Nui Fung is very simple and straightforward. Continue on the Tsuen Kwan O Heritage Trail as it begins its descent.
The trail initially passes a sitting and workout area before heading down some more steps.
When walking down these steps, you can finally see Siu Nui Fung straight ahead.
Just before the gap, there is a small outdoor garden with a few benches alongside the trail. I found the garden to be a picturesque touch to the trail.
After the garden, the steps continue downhill to the gap. There are no visible signs to let you know that you’ve reached the gap except for a noticeboard.
However, if you pay close attention, you’ll notice that the colour of the railings changes as the ascent to Siu Nui Fung begins.
To Siu Nui Fung
The green railing alongside the steps on Duckling Hill changes colour to yellow after the gap. Use this visible clue to guide you to the top of Siu Nui Fung.
On the other hand, because the gap between the two hills is already at about 130 metres, the ascent to Siu Nui Fung is not too challenging.
As the climb begins again, you get your first views of Po Lam and Razor Hill on the other side of the hill.
Slightly ahead, the trail approaches another outdoor seating and workout area.
At the end of the seating area is a merging point for many trails. For now, continue up the steps (with the yellow rails).
Halfway through the flight of steps is an early exit to Clearwater Bay Road (next to Rock Cliff). To continue up Siu Nui Fung, keep climbing up the steps.
At the end of the steps is another covered rest area. Walk past the rest area and the covered seating till you reach another spot with multiple trails.
Once again, take the steps (with the yellow rails) with the red, framed Chinese calligraphy.
This is the final step of steps to the top of Siu Nui Fung. So, go slow and enjoy the views while climbing.
Siu Nui Fung
At approximately 165 metres, Siu Nui Fung is the highest point on the Duckling Hill Hike.
But unlike Duckling Hill, Siu Nui Fung doesn’t have a viewing point.
With all the vegetation at its peak, the views are limited. But fortunately, those limited views are of Clearwater Bay.
Sadly, because of the fog, we couldn’t appreciate much on the day we hiked.
To Clearwater Bay Road
From Siu Nui Fung, Clearwater Bay is a short 300 metres downhill walk.
As you begin your descent from Siu Nui Fung on the steps, continue to enjoy views of Clearwater Bay, and now HKU.
At the end of the steps, turn right and then immediately left following the signs for Clearwater Bay Road.
This path runs behind a few houses on Clearwater Bay Road before meeting another trail ahead perpendicularly.
However, to complete the hike, turn right and walk down the steps to Clearwater Bay Road.
End the Duckling Hill Hike
The Tsuen Kwan O Heritage Trail ends at Clearwater Bay Road, next to the Ngan Ying Road bus stop, opposite the Caltex petrol station. Given that this is a busy road, it’s easy to catch a bus or taxi from here.
However, when we completed the Duckling Hill Hike, it was time for lunch. So, we decided to end our hike at Mount Pavilia and grab a well-earned lunch at St. Bart’s.
Mount Pavilia is a 600-metre walk from the Caltex petrol station on Clearwater Bay Road.
Ending our hike with lunch at St. Bart’s was a good idea and we highly recommend it!
Duckling Hill (Ap Tsai Shan) Hike Guide
We hope you enjoyed our hiking guide to Duckling Hill.
Even with the steps, this hike is relatively easy and short. And if you end the hike at St. Bart’s, as we did, it can be a fun outing!
Speaking of fun outings in Tsuen Kwan O, the Little Hawaii Trail and Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall that shouldn’t be missed. And if you’re looking for something more scenic, why not give Razor Hill a try?
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