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Tung Yeung Shan is part of the Wilson Trail Stage 4 on the western tip of Kowloon ridge. Unexpectedly, it was also a silver grass heaven during the last two months of the year in Hong Kong. While it’s not a super easy hike, this makes for a great, less crowded alternative for those who want to do a hike near the city center.
Summary of Tung Yeung Shan hike
Difficulty: ⅗ mostly just for the long stairs up to Tung Yeung Shan
Time taken: 3-4 hours
Pros: close to city center with great silver grass view
Cons: the fastest way out is on Fei Ngo Shan Road, which is a one way car lane
Starting point for Wilson Trail Stage 4
The starting and ending point of the trail is most easily accessed from Diamond Hill. While you can do the hike a variety of ways, I’d suggest going up from Tsen Lan Shue.
From Diamond Hill, take bus 92 to Sai Kung and get off at Tseng Lan Shue. The village is to the right as you get off.
Once you go in, there is a sign on the pavilion and you can follow it to the trail start.
Getting to the official trail start takes a little longer than expected, in general, stick to the main path and when you reach a bridge that crosses a small river, go right.
It’ll lead you past some farm plots and then the trail start is right by them.
Tseng Lan Shue to Tai Lam Wu
This is the first part of the Wilson Trail Stage 4, which are mostly shaded the trail going generally down.
You’ll find some wild mushrooms and cross a stream. This part might not be very scenic but it’s a lovely walk.
Once you cross the river, the trail takes you to this abandoned house with beautiful stained glass. I couldn’t find out the history of this house but it is worth a stop to admire.
Carry on and the paved trail will lead you down to a concrete path. This is still part of the Wilson Trail!
Follow the concrete trail until you are past the village – the next part of the Wilson Trail is just after a bridge with a sign to the left.
Tai Lam Wu to Tung Yeung Shan
From there, we first looped around a field and old buildings, then it was up a the staircase extended endlessly, which take you up to Tung Yeung Shan.
It’s a pretty steep ascent so don’t be afraid to stop for a rest and drink some water.
As you go up, you can see the view towards Hebe Haven in Sai Kung as well as the various islands, all the way to the Highland Reservoir and beyond. Among them are Sharp Island and Jin Island!
When the staircase gives way to a pebbly path and then back, you are near the top of Tung Yeung Shan.
Another telltale sign is the lush field of silver grass!
Tung Yeung Shan
From the top (and the near top) of Tung Yeung Shan, you can see the other mountains along the Kowloon Ridge clearly. Most notable are the Kowloon Peak, Middle Hill, and Tsz Wan Shan. Across the other side, you can also see towards Water Buffalo Hill, which also has plenty of silver grass.
If you want an even more glorious view of silver grass, head along the mountain top ridge for a little. Otherwise, the trail to go down is clearly marked as Wilson Trail Stage 4.
The trail that goes down is a little slippery and also quite steep, so watch your footing.
It takes you to a concrete path that connects to Fei Ngo Shan Road.
Getting out from Tung Yeung Shan
The fastest way to get out is to hike down the one way Fei Ngo Shan Road to the bottom.
This actually takes you past the starting point for Middle Hill which is also the ending point for Kowloon Peak. While it’s not a difficult walk, do watch out for the cars that come up.
Simply follow it to the very end and at the intersection, turn right to go to the Good Hope School Bus Stop.
At the bus stop, you can take almost any bus (and minibus) and they’ll take you to Diamond Hill (or San Po Kong).