Nov 072012
 

Hong Kong’s longest and most popular bike route runs from Tai Wai (大圍) to Tai Mei Tuk (大尾篤).  After cycling there a few times and getting bored, I ventured to try some new route.

I chose Tin Shui Wai (天水圍), so called “the city of sadness” due to its clustering of public housing and poor neighborhoods. Unexpectedly, the district has a well paved cycle path that connects all the public housing estates and shopping malls there, and neatly makes a big circle (about 7 km long) on the outskirt of  the area.  It probably takes about an hour to make the circle.

The plus about biking here is, there is nobody else. Only you on the track. Another plus is, it is near Lau Fau Shan, a tourist place known for seafood. It takes a mere 20 minutes to bike to Lau Fau Shan from Tin Shui Wai.

entrance to Lau Fau Shan

Drying of oysters

Lau Fau Shan was packed with people during the weekend. That was not much fun.  But I did enjoy walking to the pier, at the end of Lau Fau Shan Old Street (the only street there), and taking in this:

You can see the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Corridor bridge extending into the far from the pier. Near the pier is a stretch of burying ground of oyster shells, a testament to the booming oyster industry in Lau Fau Shan in the past. Yes, it was in the past as the waters are so polluted now that there are less and less oysters and the industry has dwindled.You can still see oysters being operated on and sold to visitors, though.

How to bike from Tin Shui Wai to Lau Fau Shan

Bike to Tin Wah Road (天華路) at the intersection with Tin Ying Road (天影路) which is on the circle. The bike trail is at the left of Tian Wah Road. Follow it and you will come to a bridge and then a tunnel. At the end of Tin Wah Road, turn right to Lau Fau Shan Road. There is no bike trail on Lau Fau Shan Road, which is dusty because of the passing of many container trucks. Bike on the right pavement which is wider, and ten minutes later, you will arrive at Lau Fau Shan.

Where to rent bikes in Tin Shui Wai

Take light rail at Tin Shui Wai MTR station (exit E) to Tin Tsz (天慈), a public housing estate, which is only one stop away.  There is a bike shop at Tin Tsz’s small shopping mall, called Hong Kei (雄記單車堡). The rental is HK$40 for a whole day (from 10am to 10pm). The bikes are a bit old, though.

the bike shop in Tin Tsz

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