The Tsing Yi Nature Trails is an easy and family-friendly hike that consists of multiple trails, pavilions, and picnic areas located among the hills in the northwest of the island of Tsing Yi.
Hiking across the Tsing Yi Nature Trails is not only easy and fun but also sometimes confusing thanks to the number of crisscrossing trails. But once you manage to chart a route, you can take your time to enjoy the beautiful views of Tsing-Ma Bridge, Ma Wan, Tsing Yi, Tsuen Wan, Tai Mo Shan and its subpeaks.
About The Tsing Yi Nature Trails
The Tsing Yi Nature Trails stretch 6.4 km and are spread across 6 nature trails.
- Tsing Yi Reunification Trail
- Ching Hom Path
- Ching Wan Path
- Kwai Tsing Celebration of Reunification Health Trail
- Kwai Tsing Celebration of Education Health Trail
- Fong Tin Mei Path
5 of the 6 trails are interconnected and can be accessed from either the North Entrance or the South Entrance. Only the Fong Tin Mei Path lies separate from the others.
There are also 5 numbered pavilions, multiple lookout areas, and 2 picnic spots on the trails. The ease of the trails along with the views and the aforementioned attractions make it a perfect hike or outing for families.
But when it comes to hiking across the Tsing Yi Nature Trails, there is no single path to complete all the trails. So, you’re left to your own devices to chart your path.
Lucky for you, we can recommend a path that covers most of the top attractions.
The map might not be 100% accurate because my GPS went a little wonky.
So, how do you get to the Tsing Yi Nature Trails?
Transportation options are limited to the starting point for the Tsing Yi Nature Trails. The best way to start the hike is from the Cheung Wang Bus Terminal in Tsing Yi. Depending on your location, you may need to change a couple of buses to arrive here. We recommend using Google Maps to plan your journey to the Cheung Wang Bus Terminal.
Once at the bus terminal, locate Liu To Road and continue walking on the road. For those curious, the entrance to Fong Tin Mei Path is located at the start of Liu To Road.
Liu To Road is on a gentle incline and car-free, other than those cars that come to park here.
At the end of Liu To Road is the North Entrance to the Tsing Yi Nature Trails.
Start on Kwai Tsing Celebration of Education Health Trail
The path at the North Entrance of the Tsing Yi Nature Trails is the Kwai Tsing Celebration of Education Health Trail. Start the hike on the red ramp that leads to the steps.
At the end of the steps, continue walking ahead.
The trail is on a gentle incline with brief views of Ha Fa Shan and Shek Lung Kung across the Rambler Channel.
As the trail continues, it becomes engulfed in trees and the views across the channel disappear.
Continue walking on the Kwai Tsing Celebration of Education Health Trail for approximately 150 metres to Pavilion 4.
To stay on the Kwai Tsing Celebration of Education Health Trail, take the trail on the right of the pavilion and keep walking for another 80 metres.
At this point, the trail splits in two with the Kwai Tsing Celebration of Education Health Trail continuing on the left and the Tsing Yi Reunification Trail on the right.
Optional detour on Tsing Yi Reunification Trail
Optional detour on Tsing Yi Reunification Trail
Although both the Tsing Yi Reunification Trail and Ching Hom Path connect at Liu To Shan North Peak, you should know the differences.
The Tsing Yi Reunification Trail takes a more circuitous 1 km route to Liu To Shan. In the process, it passes Pavilion 3, which offers views of the hills across the Rambler Channel.
However, the Ching Hom Path takes a more direct 500-metre route to Liu To Shan. It passes Pavilion 5, which offers views of Kowloon and Tsing Yi, including Sam Chi Heung (Tsing Yi Peak).
We decided to continue straight on the Kwai Tsing Celebration of Education Health Trail.
Ching Hom Path
A short distance ahead, the trail once again splits in two next to a bench.
At this juncture, turn right onto Ching Hom Path and take the steps up.
What follows on Ching Hom Path is the toughest section of the Tsing Yi Nature Trails Hike.
It is an uphill climb with varying levels of difficulty but, on average, it’s relatively easy. The initial section is a constant climb which eases off slightly further ahead. Fortunately, it’s all shaded, so take your time climbing up.
After approximately 300 metres, Ching Hom Path arrives at Pavilion 5.
And from here, you can admire the three peaks of Sam Chi Heung, a bit of Tsing Yi and even ICC if the day is clear.
Another 100 metres ahead of Pavilion 5 is Liu To Shan, the highest point on the Tsing Yi Nature Trails.
Liu To Shan North Peak
At 218 metres tall, Liu To Shan North Peak is the highest point on the Tsing Yi Nature Trails Hike.
The manicured peak is also the location of one of the picnic areas on the trails.
The views from Liu To Shan North Peak are limited thanks to all the surrounding trees. But towards the east, you can see Tsing Yi, Tsuen Wan, Tai Mo Shan, and even Needle Hill.
On the opposite side are limited views of the Tsing-Ma Bridge, Lantau Island, and Ma Wan. But fortunately, you can get much better views of the west from the next lookout point. So, let’s head there!
Continue on Ching Hom Path
To continue the hike, follow the signs for Picnic Area 1 to the left.
Take the steps down Liu To Shan North Peak as they gently descend back below the trees.
After about 200 metres, the steps come to an end at the meeting point of three paths – Ching Hom Path (the one you’re on), Ching Wan Path, and Kwai Tsing Celebration of Reunification Health Trail.
To reach the next viewing point, take Ching Wan Path, the flat trail on the right.
Ching Wan Path
Among all the trails on the Tsing Yi Nature Trails, Ching Wan Path is the shortest.
It is essentially a 300-metre detour on the Kwai Tsing Celebration of Reunification Health Trail that occupies a picnic area and the best lookout area for the Tsing-Ma Bridge.
As you turn onto Ching Wan Path, stay on the paved path till it reaches the edge of the hill.
At this bend is the lookout area from where you get the best views of Tsing-Ma Bridge, Ma Wan, and Lantau Island.
Once you’ve soaked in the views, continue on Ching Wan Path for another 80 metres to Picnic Area 1. Although it is a nice seating area, there aren’t any views from here.
And finally, another 100 metres after the picnic area, Ching Wan Path reunites with the Kwai Tsing Celebration of Reunification Health Trail.
To Pavilion 2
Although the next section of the hike is fairly uneventful, I found it to be quite picturesque.
In particular, the straight, flat section that appears immediately as you step onto the Kwai Tsing Celebration of Reunification Health Trail.
And at the end of the flat section, is another oddly picturesque flight of steps. The steps start gently before increasing their incline.
So, at the end of these two brief but photogenic sections, the trail arrives at Pavilion 2.
To Pavilion 1
The next section of the hike is a continuation of what you just covered – a flat, scenic trail. Except for this section, the trail isn’t covered and you also get to enjoy the views of the sea and the city.
The remainder of the hike stays on the Kwai Tsing Celebration of Reunification Health Trail. Just after Pavilion 2, there is another flat, straight section which looks equally photogenic.
At the end of the section, is a short flight of steps. The steps elevate the trail just high enough to get some of the views of the sea and shipping terminals below.
The trail remains flat with coastal views on one side and Tai Mo Shan on the other.
After gently meandering for a short distance, the trail reaches the short detour to Pavilion 1.
Although the detour is less than 100 metres, I’d recommend that you skip Pavilion 1 as the views aren’t exciting enough.
Liu To Shan South Peak
The final leg of the Tsing Yi Nature Trails was my favourite thanks to the unobstructed views just before the hike ends. And the views start from Liu To Shan South Peak.
Just after the detour for Pavilion 1 is a short flight of steps up to a seating area. And just beyond the seating area, the path curves to the right and arrives at Liu To Shan South Peak.
At 214 metres, Liu To Shan South Peak is the second highest point on the Tsing Yi Nature Trails.
And although the area around the triangulation station doesn’t feel like a summit, it still has amazing views of Tsing Yi, Tsuen Wan, and Tai Mo Shan.
Not only are the views beautiful but also framed quite perfectly between the two trees on the side!
The Scenic Downhill Steps
The scenic descent on the Tsing Yi Nature Trails starts after Liu To Shan South Peak.
Continue walking on the trail to the zigzag steps, that showcase each side of the hill that you’re descending. At first, you can admire the views of Sam Chi Heung ahead.
Then come the views of the sea and shipping depot, followed by views of Tsing Yi.
After the steps is another viewing point that overlooks the Nga Ying Chau Oil Depot below.
Keep walking on the trail till the next flight of steps. From these steps, you can appreciate more views of Tsing Yi, Tsuen Wan, Tai Mo Shan, and even Needle Hill.
Further ahead, the views of Tsing Yi finally disappear. And all that’s left are some glimpses of Sam Chi Heung through the tree branches above.
End at the South Entrance
As the trail reaches another sitting area with a couple of benches, you may notice a few unmarked trails around the area. Although it is possible to take one of these shortcuts, we recommend staying on the Kwai Tsing Celebration of Reunification Health Trail.
This means, staying on the paved path and taking the steps going down after the sitting area. Remember to follow the sign for the South Entrance.
At the end of the steps, turn left at the sitting area and continue walking on the trail.
The trail continues alongside a drain initially, before moving away from it.
And a short distance later, it finally arrives at the South Entrance on Tsing Yi Road West, bringing the hike to an end.
There aren’t any public transport options at the South Entrance. The closest bus stop is Ching Wah Court, a 300-metre walk towards the left.
From here there are a few bus options. We hopped onto the first bus that showed up, which was headed towards the Tsing Yi MTR Station.
Tsing Yi Nature Trails
This was our first hike on the island of Tsing Yi and we thoroughly enjoyed it!
The Tsing Yi Nature Trails Hike isn’t too difficult and even though we hiked it on a relatively warm day, it was manageable. Of course, we did enjoy the scenic views and plan to return to the Sam Chi Heung Hike soon!
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This was a great hike to get back into hiking after a break. Easy with a good length and great views! Thanks as always for your very clear instructions, which really helped.