Training Diaries 2014: Tai To Yan and Tai Mo Shan Waterfalls

Training Diaries 2014: Tai To Yan and Tai Mo Shan Waterfalls

Tai To Yan: It means “Knife’s edge” in Chinese but I don’t think it is quite as ominous as it sounds. Something like Sharp Peak is probably more deserving of that title. What Tai To Yan does deserve, however, is a entry into the Top 4 Spectacular ridges in Hong Kong. Speaking of which, my personal favorites in that category would be:

1. Plover Cove ridge: this ridge is a sure cure for depression. Life sucks, boss is an idiot, etc, etc – – just run Plover Cove and experience a positive change in the state of your mind (FYI: I am one of the owners of this)
2. Tai To Yan ridge: this ridge will make you realize that what makes Hong Kong truly special is its countryside and not its cliché skyscrapers
3. Pat Sin Leng ridge: Another spectacular ridge which will certainly cement the thought that Hong Kong should be better known for its countryside than its skyscrapers. The views are different from Tai To Yan but equally stunning. This ridge makes you feel as if you are in the mountains of China
4. Ma On Shan ridge: a Read more

Tai To Yan (Knife’s edge ridge), Tai Mo Shan Waterfalls and Kadoorie Farm

Tai To Yan (Knife’s edge ridge), Tai Mo Shan Waterfalls and Kadoorie Farm

We set out to do what we called the “Nature’s Call” hike. Not only because we wanted to answer nature’s call in the wild (i.e. go for a pee in the peace and tranquil of nature), but also because we wanted to feel the touch of nature in one of the most pristine areas of rural Hong Kong. Actually, Hong Kong has been generously bestowed with many such tranquil spots. For today, we thought of two such spots which were especially worthy of an encore visit. The Tai To Yan ridge (called Knife’s edge ridge in Cantonese) and Tai Mo Shan waterfalls (one of the highest waterfalls in Hong Kong). Oh, and we decided to throw in Kadoorie Farm as well, which was more of a picnic than anything else. I last visited the farm back in 1994 and I’ve been meaning to go back! Yes, talk about procrastination! In fact, Hong Kong’s first ever wild crocodile found temporary housing in Kadoorie farm after a highly paid Australian crocodile hunter rescued the croc from the swampy waters of Yuen Long. Since then, the croc Pui Pui has been moved Read more

Walkin’ on Knife’s Edge.. Tai To Yan and Tai Mo Shan Waterfalls

Full set of pictures here.

I thought I had hiked and/or run pretty much all the trails that Hong Kong has to offer but I had no idea that I was missing the thrill of running along the ridge of a Knife’s Edge. And by that I mean, Tai To Yan which is supposed to mean “Knife’s Edge ridge” in Cantonese. Hannes Niggli, who specializes in bringing fast runners together on “classic” hikes, organized a run from Fanling MTR station to Route Twisk via Tai To Yan and Tai Mo Shan Waterfalls.

20 runners showed up at Fanling MTR ready to walk on Knife’s Edge and equally ready to dunk in another one of Hong Kong’s abundant natural pools. We started at Fanling MTR station and climbed a trail which was initially a stair climb on concrete but soon blended into perfect trail running terrain in the woods. Soon, we started to gain elevation and found ourselves running along the first ridge for the day. Then we had our first glimpse of some spectacular views. Lam Tsuen valley appeared beautifully to our left while Vic’s very own beloved Yuen Long and its low-raise houses appeared to the right.

A fit and formidable bunch – but no so fit and formidable camera lens

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