The Tolo Harbour (Hong Kong’s largest) pries its way into the inner most parts of the eastern New Territories offering plentiful coastlines for cyclists and nature lovers to experience. The inner areas of the harbour are home to the towns of Sha Tin and Tai Po; these settlements make ideal hubs from which to explore the area’s remote outer fringes.
Once all geared up, the fun begins! Ride northwards through Sha Tin, keeping the Shing Mun River on your right-hand side. Soak up the recreational atmosphere of the town; many folk are out on the water during weekends rowing, fishing, running, flying kites and of course, cycling! The paths can be busy during these times, but never congested. On weekdays the vibe is more peaceful and you will often have the cycle path at your complete disposal. It is a super option for families as it avoids any road crossings and all hazards are well sign posted.
After notching up the first 5 kilometers, the Shing Mun River runs into the Tolo Harbour and expansive views open up right before you. The route is well serviced with public toilets and drink kiosks for folk who fancy a quick pit stop en route. Once you’ve reached the next large town of Tai Po, it’s key to make a right hand turn and head for Tai Po Waterfront Park. Turning eastwards, you continue to hug the coastline for another 30-45 minutes until reaching the idyllic village of Tai Mei Tuk. Views on this section of the route are all around you, with the Pat Sin Leng Mountains on the left and a vast expanse of water on the right, often peppered with small sailing craft.
This is an adventure for all. A safe and pleasant excursion catering to the needs of families, yet one that is engaging and flexible enough to keep the most saddle hardened of cyclists honest. These winter months are ideal for cycling in HK, so there is no better time get out and explore.