Hiking: Chilling Out @ Tai O Infinity Pool

Date Of Visit:  June 26 2014

The Tai O Infinity Pool used to be one of the best kept secret in Hong Kong until recently.  I was extremely appalled to read from online news feed that the pool is now officially a ‘garbage pool’ littered by selfish hikers and campers!  This is totally outrageous – hikers should leave no traces of their visits to the natural environment – so take away your rubbish, please!

Tai O is an old fishing village in Hong Kong,  and often referred to as ‘Venice of the East’.

We caught Bus #11 from Tung Chung Bus Terminus.  There’s a bus departing every 30minutes – and it fills up fast.  The scenic journey takes around 40minutes.

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Fishing boats and gorgeous waters

To get to the Infinity Pool, one simply has to walk along the boardwalk then turn to the right at the very end of the boardwalk, then continue walking on the path for 45 minutes.  The path is easy to walk and rather well shaded (but I still got sun-burnt! 😬 )

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Pink Boardwalk

But beware of the huge spiders, though!

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Massive Spider busy spinning its web

The Infinity Pool is an abandoned water dam.   To the delights of the hikers, the cold waters are a welcoming delight to refresh after a longish hike! But shhh…it’s not actually legal to swim in it!  😬

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Old Water Dam

The Tai O infinity Pool is also called the Man Cheung Po Infinity Pool.  The waterfall is liken to a 10,oo0 foot piece of cloth falling from the sky – literal Cantonese translation.  It’s a pretty oasis of half natural and half man-made, surrounded by waterfalls .

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Waters from the waterfall can run very fast especially after rains.

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There are 2 pools. A natural pool on the top, and a man-made pool at the bottom.

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View from the main pool, higher up

Catchment pool at the bottom aka Infinity Pool.

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During the weekends, the pool can be overly crowded with people.  But today?  It was empty.  The 3 lucky ladies had the whole pool all to ourselves!  And it was a perfectly lovely day too!

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Me

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Me again…

Let’s hope the litter situation improves… Be considerate folks!  Take away your litter!  Litterbugs are not welcomed!  Jitterbugs are! 😉

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Barking Up The Wrong Tree?? @Ng Tung Chai Waterfalls, Hong Kong

So, I am back in Hong Kong from my hols.  The first thing I did was going on a hike with Hiker Dude – against the advise of my girl friends.  “Why would you want to go hiking with someone who’s giving you confusing signals?”.   Anyway, I followed my heart, took the advise of my guy friends who (3 out of 3) all encouraged me to give the relationship a chance – so I went.  My BFF, a guy, even gave me the comparison of ‘instant noodles and a steak’.  Huh?  I guess the premise is that:  Steak tastes better but takes longer time to cook – a weird analogy, but hey, Chinese people loves to eat and given the opportunity will eulogise about food anytime, hands-down!

On my personal front, if a guy initiate chats with you first thing in the morning, that means he is interested, right? Plus, me being me, I’ve grilled him… I have a kick-ass, Devil-may-care-attitude and whatever conflicting signals he’s giving me, it only means he’s confused… or whatever… Father Time will tell...or whatever… LOL  😉

Here are the summary pictures of our hike today which I took with my iPhone 5s.  Heard that iPhone 6 is on the way – so, yippee – better photos to come! *High Fives Guys and Gals*

For the unfit, the hike is rather tiring since it’s mostly ascent.  I LOVE ascent, walking Up and Up which  really work your booties.  Best to walk upright, lift knees high and stomp up, this puts less pressure on knees but really works the glutes.

All in all, there are 3 falls in Ng Tung Chai Waterfalls…

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Bottom Fall

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Middle Fall

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Scatter Fall

Because we are fit people, we took a longer detour to Kadoorie Farm – to see the fat pigs…

Some wild flowers on route.

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White Zephra Lilies

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No idea what these flowers are

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Views… there were other more spectacular views but I couldn’t be bothered with taking my iPhone out from my backpack… so next time, Peeps! 🙂

The fat pigs…there are 6 altogether. A breed called ‘Da Hua Bai’, formally appointed the Kadoorie Education Ambassadors on August 1 2013 to encourage  visitors to ‘eat less meat’.   (Er… really? ‘Fraid, I can’t do that, I need protein for bodybuilding! :-()

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A Fat Pig Called ‘Andrew’

Lunch at Kadoorie Farm Cafe.

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Picturesque, outdoor and relaxing garden setting

My healthy organic lunch

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Garden Salad + Organic Unsweetened Soy Milk HK$52

A hiking buddy’s lunch, I ‘stole’ the snaps while she went to the Ladies to change…

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Vegetarian Omelette HK$32