Make a start in Pak Tam Chung and walk along Tai Mong
Tsai Road. Your hike begins just across Tai Mong Tsai Road Fuk Hing
Bridge. Pak Tam Chung Nature Trail is a level riverside
walk with stops along the way to observe geographical
features and wild life characteristically found
in brackish "Chung", the first stop,
refers to a channel entering the sea, where freshwater
and back flowing sea water at high tide come together
to create unique brackish habitats. Pak Tam Chung
is so named because wetlands. It sits at the mouth
of one such channel.
All along the trail
you see mangroves lining the shores. Mangroves have
a novel way of adapting to their low-oxygen habitat.
Their aerial roots jut out from the mud like chopsticks
to gulp air. Across the mudflat, mudskippers move
agilely on the mud surface, unperturbed by fiddler
crabs pompously flaunting their large odd chelipeds.
Further up, the trail continues through some woods
and bamboo groves, with many utility plants cultivated
by villagers, such as the rough-leafed Sandpaper
Vine and Incense Tree. Just before the end, you find
a rustic lime kiln. It has been listed as a protected
monument alongside Sheung Yiu Village. The latter
is now a folk museum open to the public.