Ma Dai Stream - A Hero in the Mountain
Carrying heavy photographic equipment to hike and shoot is a harsh task especially in the summer heat. Hiking in the woods and trees along a cool stream while enjoying a variety of photographic topics sounds like a nice option in the summer time. Ma Dai Stream is a stream running from Ma On Shan to Tai Shui Hang. Take village bus NR84 from Ma On Shan Station to our starting point at Ma On Shan Country Park and descend all the way down to Tai Shui Hang. An easy one with paths sheltered by trees, this trail takes only above an hour to complete, making it a perfect destination for hikers new to stream trekking.
Pay attention to your safety as this area has no official hiking trail. It is better to go in company with a guide who has rich experience in stream trekking. Check the weather and rain forecast before you go. Watch out for sudden downpour and you are not advised to go after heavy rain as the stream current is swift. Besides, wear a pair of canyoning shoes for easy walking across the stream and stones and put your camera in a waterproof case.
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