Tourists trek Nepal's guerilla trail

It is a very political itinerary for a Himalayan trek. Instead of just vistas over serried peaks and the opportunity to be photographed astride a yak, there are former combat zones and valleys that were a "liberated Maoist" zone only a decade ago.

Monday, 8 October, 2012, 3:21am

Discovery Bay developer proving unco-operative

An eco-unfriendly, so-called development project is being undertaken by award-winning developer Hong Kong Resort Co, in what is proclaimed to be Hong Kong's first green town - Discovery Bay ("Residents ready to fight DB developer", September 9).

16 Sep 2012 - 1:25am 1 comment

Residents ready to fight Discovery Bay developer over rural trail

Cyclists tried to pass through the construction site, but the trail was blocked. Photo: Edward Wong

Discovery Bay residents are gearing up for a fight over what they claim is an illegal land grab on a popular hiking and cycling trail for an alleged luxury housing development.

The residents plan to seek legal advice before writing to the Islands District Office and the Agricultural and Fisheries Conservation Department.

9 Sep 2012 - 4:03am

How the other half lives

Being half the man you used to be tends not to be a good thing, unless you're Andre Blumberg. Over the past two years, the 42-year-old Hong Kong-based German has shed so much weight that he literally looks half the obese, 100-plus kilogram guy he was.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:05pm

The Concrete bungle

Every autumn, race organiser Keith Noyes heads out into Hong Kong's country parks to determine the route for his King of the Hills trail race and is met with the same sight: 'We go back out to look at the courses and discover new sections have been concreted.' Previously natural trails are paved over and uphill sections fitted with concrete steps.

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Contributors add to trail mix

EveryTrail Free Rating 9/10

This was a happy find. Sitting on a ferry, heading out to Lamma for a hike around the back of Sok Kwu Wan, I did a belated web search to get an idea of how long the walk might take, and up came details of a hike that had been posted through this app.

10 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Actress scales fresh heights for the role of a lifetime

There is only one race that Vanessa Haywood hasn't finished in her life. She was mountain biking when her front wheel hit a rock, and she fell off - face first - while racing downhill at 50km/h. 'And I didn't finish only because I knocked myself out and had to be rushed off to hospital,' she says.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

United effort by hikers and bikers is far better than confrontation

As an elementary teacher at a school in Hong Kong, my students learn many lessons, both social and academic. One of the most important for any child to mature to adulthood is to see that other people have needs of their own, and to accept and accommodate those needs if possible.

12 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Councillors seek legal backing for fencing of trails

Unable to persuade their constituents that a safety rail is needed on a popular Pok Fu Lam walking trail, local politicians have asked the Department of Justice if they could be legally liable for any accidents there in future.

21 May 2011 - 12:00am

97pc oppose railings plan but it's still not died

Despite overwhelming opposition to railings proposed for Old Peak Road, the Central and Western District Council and the Transport Department are not willing to abandon the project.

27 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Concern group warns of slippery slope

Transport Department officials, acting on a sole complaint, plan to erect a HK$700,000 fence along a stretch of Old Peak Road.

The plan, which is being vetted by the Central Western District Council, will be just another eyesore on the city's hiking trails, Lung Fu Shan Environmental Concern chairman Vivian Leung said.

23 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Mountain bikers should not be given more country park trails

I refer to the letter from Paul Mak ('Plea for trails', September 10) proposing the opening up of more trails for cycling in the country parks.

Your correspondent bemoans the authorities for having 'adopted a restrictive attitude towards this healthy exercise, by banning cycling in our beautiful country parks and just allowing a few cycling trails'.

19 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Needless railings on paths spoil our surroundings

The path to ruin is paved with good intentions. Nowhere is this adage literally truer than on footpaths across our city. Iron railings have been erected along extended stretches of roads and trails in Mid-Levels and other districts.

7 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Getting out

Hiking trails offer a tranquil option away from the din of the city

Fast-growing developments and casinos cram downtown Macau, but visitors can still escape into the tranquility of the bush. Coloane Island is dotted with popular beaches, barbecue sites and pristine villages, a virtual mecca for hikers and sports lovers.

3 Jul 2008 - 12:00am


At what age is it okay to leave children home alone?

I think it is okay for children to be left alone at home at 12, as this is the normal age for starting secondary school.

16 Jan 2008 - 12:00am