Ha Fa Shan (下花山) is a 316-metre-tall hill located northwest of Tsuen Wan along the Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail.
Ha Fa Shan, which also shares its name with the village situated on it, is perhaps the best location to enjoy panoramic views of Tsuen Wan and Tsing Yi! The hill is also covered with many large boulders that make it popular for rock climbers.
The Ha Fa Shan Hike
The hike to Ha Fa Shan is relatively easy and comes with stunning views of Tsuen Wan, Tsing Yi, and the Rambler Channel that separates the two.
Given its short distance, many hikers choose to combine it with Lin Fa Shan and Shek Lung Kung or do it as part of the Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail.
But of course, it’s possible to just hike up Ha Fa Shan, if you want nothing else but incredible views of Tsuen Wan.
And here’s a quick video of Ha Fa Shan to give you an idea of the views from the top.Subscribe to my YouTube channel
Unfortunately, there is no maintained trail to Ha Fa Shan which involves going off-trail from the Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail. There are numerous unmarked approaches to Ha Fa Shan. However, this guide will focus on two approaches from Adventist Hospital, one easy (longer) and the other slightly more challenging (shorter). And although I picked the latter, I’ll highlight the easier route in this guide too.
The Ha Fa Shan Hike starts from the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital in Tsuen Wan. This also happens to be the starting point of the Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail.
There are a few buses that ply the Tsuen King Circuit Road in front of the hospital. And the most convenient option I found was bus 39A from outside the Tsuen Wan MTR Station.
At the Tsuen Wan MTR Station, take the steps down from exit A4 to the bus stop. The stop for 39A is close to the steps.
Alight at the stop for the Adventist Hospital and walk 50 metres ahead to the steps for Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail.
This is the starting point.
To the Tai Lam Chung Catchment
The Ha Fa Shan Hike overlaps with the Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail for the initial section.
On you’re off the road, the trail immediately starts with a flight of steps.
The steps are relatively easy and shaded and run alongside a water drainage system. At the end of the first flight, cross the drainage to the other side and continue climbing them.
Halfway up the second flight of steps is a beautiful old tree with an ancient structure beside it. I imagine it’s part of the Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail.
At the end of this flight of steps is another bridge. After the bridge, take the steps immediately to the right.
Continue climbing the next flight of steps alongside one of the settlements of Ha Fa Shan village, from where you can see Tsuen Wan.
Slightly ahead, the steps approach a fenced area. From here, continue climbing the steps as they run alongside the fence.
The steps finally end after this flight and land on an unnamed road along the Tai Lam Chung Catchment.
Take a break here, if needed, and then cross the road to continue on Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail.
The Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail continues on a slope and not steps on the other side of the Tai Lam Chung Catchment. I imagine this would be a relief for some.
After less than 100 metres on the incline, the trail splits into two. At this point, take the trail on the right, with the steps.
This detour to Ha Fa Shan breaks away from Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail and runs parallel to it.
This section of the hike is a combination of steps and incline. However, I must admit that the incline is a lot steeper than it looks!
Keeping walking on this path till it emerges from the canopy of trees onto a smoother incline.
Go straight and up ahead is a lone village house, which at the time I hiked, had blossoms growing in its garden outside.
It’s also from this house that you get your first glimpse of Tsuen Wan if you turn around.
Just after the house is a pavilion. And opposite the pavilion is an unmarked trail heading into the woods.
The Ha Fa Shan Hike continues on this unmarked trail.
The Final Ascent (Shortcut)
The final ascent to Ha Fa Shan via this unmarked trail is a shortcut that cuts the distance down to 350 metres. It’s fairly easy to get lost on the shortcut. So, if you’re not an experienced hiker, I would advise you to follow the longer route. Also, if you’re not wearing proper hiking shoes, I recommend taking the longer route.
However, if you’re confident that you can follow a rough uphill shortcut, then turn right onto the unmarked trail. Fortunately, there are colourful ribbons tied onto branches to keep you on track.
As you turn onto the trail, follow ribbons and the path heading uphill. Again, the trail is relatively easy to follow at the start as there’s only one visible path.
Once you walk past the trees, the trail begins to increase in intensity. That means not just incline but also there are many loose rocks and gravel that make it challenging.
Be careful as you hike uphill on this section as it’s a bit slippery. But whenever you need to take a break, just turn around and admire the views of Tsuen Wan below and Tai Mo Shan to the right.
You should also be able to see the outcrop of rocks on the top of Ha Fa Shan.
Climb at a gentle pace keeping an eye out for the ribbons.
At about the halfway point, the single trail becomes multiple trails.
Although all trails on the south face of the hill lead to the top, I found the trails on the left-hand side were easier to navigate.
The final section of the ascent becomes much steeper and more challenging before emerging onto a relatively flat terrain.
At this point, stay on the trail towards the left and spot the white arrows on the rocks telling you which direction to head in.
Look for a white ribbon and arrow pointing to the right. Because behind those trees is the summit of Ha Fa Shan.
Ha Fa Shan
The top of Ha Fa Shan is easily distinguishable thanks to the two large boulders with a pole between them.
It may not be immediately obvious, but the large boulder is two boulders, split down the middle.
The top of the hill is a plateau, littered with many rocks.
Make sure to walk around the summit to admire the viewing points in all directions.
However, the most noticeable viewing point is the large boulder, which can be climbed thanks to the steps carved onto its side.
From on top of the boulder, you can enjoy panoramic views of Tsuen Wan, Tsing Yi, Tai Mo Shan, and Shek Lung Kung.
I waited for all the other hikers to leave so that I could have the Ha Fa Shan boulder to myself.
Just standing on top of it, enjoying the views, was extremely enjoyable!
Options to end the hike
If you’re not wearing proper hiking shoes, I wouldn’t recommend hiking down the shortcut. I wore proper hiking shoes and still fell numerous times thanks to the loose gravel.
You can also return to Tsuen Wan via the longer route. The path for which is on the opposite face of the hill.
Follow the path for approximately 360 metres to the pavilion. And at the pavilion, take the first left which will bring you back to the house with the blossoms.
Alternatively, if you’re feeling up to it, you can hike to Shek Lung Kung, which is another 1.8 km.
Once you return to Tsuen King Circuit next to Adventist Hospital, turn left and walk for another 150 metres to the bus terminus. From here you can take any bus towards Tsuen Wan MTR or Tsuen Wan West MTR. Hailing a taxi should also be easy from here.
Ha Fa Shan, Tusen Wan
We hope you enjoyed our simple guide to the Ha Fa Shan Hike in Tsuen Wan. Honestly, this is a short and slightly challenging hike with incredible views.
And as mentioned earlier, you can do this as a standalone hike or combine it with the Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail or Shek Lung Kung.
But if you’re looking for the best views, why not hike to Tai Mo Shan?
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