Grand Canyon of Hong Kong: Por Lo Shan (Leung Tin Au Valley)
Can you believe that Grand Canyon also exists in Hong Kong? When my local friend brought me to Por Lo Shan, I immediately got an answer to the above question. Indeed a yes, but a super tiny version of it, or call it a valley.
Por Lo Shan (菠蘿山) is located on the west of New Territories (新界) in Hong Kong. Although Por Lo Shan is actually the name of the peak next to the real Canyon, this name is stuck with everyone including Google Map, probably because the shape of the rocks on this hiking trail look exactly like pineapple buns. The correct name of the canyon is “Leung Tin Au Valley” (良田坳峽谷), but if you type “Por Lo Shan”, you will get all the information you need as well. The rocks got their unique shape from wind erosion. Furthermore, as the rocks contain silica, when combined with acid rain, silica acid is released, leaving the place with a deadly look without many green plants.
We started our hike from Leung King Station (良景站) and walked pass Shui Wai Yuen (水圍園), a park near the bus stop. I found the park quite good looking because of its ancient style architecture and decoration. However, some people find the park creepy due to lack of people and others even said that someone passed away in that park before. No matter what the legend was, the park itself seems like a great place to chill. But of course, if someone is relatively sensitive and feel uncomfortable because of the legend, they should not force themselves to enjoy it.
Overall, it was an easy and short hike. However, for the first couple of minutes, the trail goes all the way up, with no downhills in between. After one hour, we arrived at the top where we can see skyscrapers from afar, as well as the trail leading us closer to the canyon.
As the rocks are eroded by wind, some of them are quite fragile. It is important to keep away from the edge to avoid falling. The dangerous part of being at Por Lo Shan is that there are no fences or safety nets to avoid people from falling down. I read somewhere in July this year, a tragic incident happened, in which an influencer fell and died. Therefore, when enjoying the view, minding one’s safety is also of utterly importance. Another important thing to take note of is that while the canyon and Por Lo Shan in general is open to the public, the trail going down from Leung Tin Au (良田坳) to Ha Pak Nai (下白泥) belongs to the People’s Liberation Army as their firing range. Therefore, it is crucial to check in advance whether or not the trail is open.