Bellflowers are known as Chinese New Year flowers, because they bloom around Chinese New Year, which usually falls on the end of February, though this year’s Chinese New Year has come a bit early in January.
I went hiking in Sai Kung last weekend (18 February) and to my great delight and surprise, I saw bellflowers bloom on the hillside of the 408m-high Tai Cham Koi (大枕蓋). A starkly beautiful scene.My hiking route:
Sheung Yiu （上窰）- Tai Cham Koi – Luk Wu Country Trail （鹿湖郊遊徑） – Tsak Yue Wu （鲫鱼湖）
Hours taken: 4
How to get to starting point:
Take bus No. 94 or mini bus No. 7 from Sai Kung and get off at Sheung Yiu. Walk ahead along the Tai Mong Tsai Road (大網仔路) and pass by the the sign saying “MacLehose Trail Starting Point” until you see the roundabout which is an intersection between Man Yee Road (萬宜路) and Sai Wan Road西灣路). Turn to your left, and you will see a flight of stairs up a concrete wall. Follow the stairs and all the way up, you will be on the way to Tai Cham Koi.
Initially, the climb is a bit hard as the path is filled with small broken stones and sands. Once this is overcome, the climb is generally easy. You can see High Island Reservoir and its surrounding scenic landscape on the way. The reservoir was opened in 1978 to alleviate the water shortage problem facing the city in those days.
Go in the north direction (i.e. the path at your right hand side) after leaving the peak, and carry on. Bellflowers, hidden in the field, or waving at you at the side of the trail, will continue to attract your attention.Not long, you will find Luk Wu Country Trail lying perpendicularly to the trail you walk on. A sign is put up at the junction indicating the direction of Tsak Yue Wu and Sai Wan Road. Choose Tsak Yue Wu and go downhill all the way before you come to Pak Tam Road (北潭路） where you can take bus or minibus back to Sai Kung.