A stair master downhill trail from Parkview (Wan Chai) to Happy Valley

We had two appointments on a sunny Saturday. First, a brunch at a friend’s house in Parkview at 11am then a 3pm play date at the Hong Kong Jockey Club club house in Happy Valley. 

We left Parkview at 2pm and our Parkview host suggested that we could get to Happy Valley via a trail. As we had an hour, bright sunny weather and it was largely downhill, I agreed to give it a try.

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Start of trail, Parkview in the background
First we did a short steep uphill from just outside Parkview’s entrance. Two stone cubes mark the start of the trail. 

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Then you’ll see some steps with a trail signboard. 

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This one indicates you’re on a hiking trail.

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Immediately, we entered a nicely shaded path that had railings on one side and a water pipe on stilts beside a ravine.

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Continuing along the trail, there were trail markers and distance posts which told us we weren’t lost. I saw several caves leftover from the war that were not in good repair, partly collapsed and covered in shrubs. It was interesting to see, photos didn’t come out well though.

 There were some beautiful views along the way when the path twisted along exposed mountainside.

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Then we came to a proper map and information board. We then got a better idea of exactly where we were.

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“Are we here mama?”
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More shaded walking after that along leaf strewn narrow pathways that only fit us in single file.

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Subsequent to the sign post above, it was gradual downhill stairs pretty much all the way.

  

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no problem for a toddler to enjoy these stairs
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Descending to Happy Valley
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Heading back into the shade

The gradual stairway led to a covered reservoir with a lookout point. This was Jardine’s lookout. It was very exposed and the grass looked rather burnt so we didn’t linger long.

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The next part of the trail was part shaded but with very steep uneven stairs and low hanging branches.

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Toddler needed some help down the steep stairway

 The descent then got rather exposed toward Happy Valley, with bigger and more numerous pipes visible.

  
The trail ends by a small Towngas supply station. 

  
The trail ends at Tai Hang Road. 

  
We crossed over to Green Lane and walked down the sidewalks to the Hong Kong Jockey Clubhouse.
It was a good downhill walk, good to check that your thighs and knees are in good shape. I would recommend doing this walk only when it’s dry… There is no shade from rain and the paths could get slippery.

 

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