Tackling a stage of one of the larger hiking trails seemed to be a bit too much, especially for the kids, so instead a quick look on the LCSD website revealed a so-called "family hike" that looked like it might be interesting. The walk (seen here) official walk starts at a small cemetery in Pak Fa Lam and finishes in Ho Chung village, but because we caught the bus our walk started proper when we alighted next to the petrol station opposite Anderson Road.
The thing that grabbed my attention for this little excursion is the fact that it goes past the resting place of Dr Sun Yat Sen's mother: Lady Yang (楊氏).
Sun Yat Sen's association with Hong Kong is fairly well-established with his own museum (Kom Tong Hall), Central Heritage Trail and ex-gaff - The Red House - in Tuen Mun. However, there seems to be a dearth of information about his mother and why she was buried here in HK. Perhaps someone can comment if they have any more information?
Anyway, to get to the start point, the easiest way to get there is to catch a bus from Diamond Hill Station and then alight on Clearwater Bay Road next to the junction with Anderson Road. This drops you off right next to the petrol station and you just need to go through the adjacent archway that leads to an uphill path...at least that was the theory and here is a Streetview grab of the entry point.
Grassy Uphill Path
The grassy path leads uphill towards towards Fei Ha Road (which abruptly joins the left hand side of the path), but before it does it passes this rather impressive grave on the right hand side. Actually, this grave (whose importance escapes me) is the one for which the archway is for. Perhaps it's the grave of a significant local village elder.
Anyway, moving on and then turning left onto Fai Ha Road we join Fei Ngo Shan Road at the end and turn right to walk uphill. Fei Ngo Shan (aka Kowloon Peak) makes an impressive sight from this vantage point but it's not the objective of this particular walk - although you can join on to the Wilson Trail at a later point which will take you up to the top.
Fei Ngo Shan peak poking through the trees
Following the road you will soon also get a vista across the other side of the territory towards Sai Kung and, in fact, you can also see the ultimate end point of this walk in the far distance. If you look on the photo below you can see Ho Chung village (although judging by its size it's more like a small town these days) and the derelict multi-coloured building in the distance that is the old ATV studios - the end point of the walk is the main road just past the old studios. We'll see them up close later but it's nice to see the place on a relatively clear and sunny day.
Anyway, once you've done gazing into the east you'll find the run off to the cemetery a little further up the road. It's not hard to find because it's a small set of steps marked by the following signs.
The grave itself is massive, these pictures don't really do it justice because the overgrown foliage behind it also hides the upper perimeter wall that separates it from the grave behind, you can just see its green tiles sneaking up at the back. Compared to another large grave I talked about a couple of posts ago (the Tang Martyr's Grave in Kam Tin) which is 15 metres in diameter and purportedly hold 100+ bodies, Lady Yang's grave is around 10+ metres and only holds one body (as far as I know). The view to the front is also impressive and her Ladyness can bask in her posthumous comfort with a nice unfettered view out over Sai Kung and the South China Sea.
That's a lot of space for one person, don't you think?
We get a slightly different angle out over Ho Chung towards Hebe Haven and beyond and we also get a slightly clearer view of the old stripey ATV building down there. Of course, Lady Yang's grave is not the only one here and there are several very large examples a bit further down the hill.
The view from the grave
A bit further along this trail and we merge with part of the Wilson Trail Stage 4, but not before having to skirt around this rather attractive plant that seems to have settled on the trail courtesy of a landslip.
Tai Lam Wu Road
Another sight to see down here is Ho Chungs 'fung shui fish'. The river that runs through the village is blocked off from the sea at the lower end so that the freshwater nature is maintained in the village - someone has put a load of koi in the fresh water part and the seem to be thriving because they have grown pretty big - one of the ones we saw was perhaps 3 ft long!
fung shui carp
No fishing! Don't let your dogs go swimming!
The freshwater stops here.
A little further along is the Che Kung Temple - one of two temples I know of dedicated to Che Kung in the New Territories. Although not as big as the Tai Wai version (which, in fact sits in front of the much smaller older temple) this one in Ho Chung is much older and is believed to date back to the late 19th Century.
Finally, you know when you have reached the end of the walk when you see Spiderman. He looks as though he's a leftover gimmick from some long, forgotten establishment. Anyway, my spidey-sense is tingling and I can feel the bus home approaching, so we cross the road and head right and catch a bus back into Kowloon.