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since April 2000

Yellow Dragon River (sۼ)


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Last Visit: 2 Oct 2001


Lantau



Trip Description

Yellow Dragon River!!! How could a hiking web page left out this river? Due to some silly emotional ties to this river, we have visited this river many times over the past 10+ years. We have tasted the tender and the anger of this famous river, Yellow Dragon.

This river is rather easily accessible, there is a well paved road leading you directly to the entrance of the river. One can walk from Tung Chung MTR station to the entrance in about 45 minutes.

Yellow Dragon earns its fame by majestic Yellow Dragon Fall, Yellow Dragon Three Dangers, affluent water flow and openness.

Out of those, the Yellow Dragon Three Dangers (sTI) is the major tourist attraction. It is however, part of the attraction was intentionally demolished for sake of visitor safety by HK government. Don't worry, this page is about to turn back the clock to the realm of Three Dangers ten years ago.

Location 1: Altitude 90M

The journey starts right after the dam. There is a footpath on the right of the dam taking you to the hinterland of Yellow Dragon.

Location 2: Altitude 100M

Yellow Dragon is actually an extensive river system. It has many big off-shoots, Crouching Dragon River is one of those. This big rock (pointed by the orange arrow) is standing at the front door of the the Crouching Dragon.

Location 3: Altitude 140M

This is what the Yellow Dragon main fall looks like from afar. It is a silvery bright object embraced by deep forest.

Location 4: Altitude 150M

This interesting V-shape rock is one of the landmark of Yellow Dragon. The rock surface is so flat as if it was artificially polished.

Location 5: Altitude 170M

Here we go! This is the Yellow Dragon main fall (sr). It is about 25m in height. The pool below is crystal clear.
Diving into the icy fresh water in hot summer time could clean up your body and soul.
This huge rock stands right in front of the Yellow Dragon main fall.
Marco is climbing along a faint path on the left of the waterfall. This picture was taken about 15m above the pool surface, we can still saw the bottom of the pool at this height. Do you think the pool looks a big jade under noon sunlight?

Location 6: Altitude 240M

Besides Crouching Dragon and Hidden Dragon (Cang Lung), another main off-shoot is Left Dragon stream. This picture show you the entrance of Left Dragon. If you pay attention to this picture, you may be able to spot a red rope hanging from the cliff to the tree. This rope guides you to the mysterious Left Dragon.

Opposite to the Left Dragon is the Right Dragon. The Right Dragon is actually a straightly impregnable waterfall over 100m in height. A nice name is given to this area: Two Dragons for One Ball (sï]).

Location 7: Altitude 265M

Here we came to the Dragon Tail Fall(sr) which tells you to leave the stream. There is no practical way to overcome this waterfall without proper rock climbing equipment. The Yellow Dragon Dangers is now waiting for you on your left hand side.

Location 8: Altitude 275M

The Classic Yellow Dragon Three Dangers --- Rope Ladder (÷V)

Now we are in the hinterland of Yellow Dragon Three Dangers 10 years ago. The first danger was a rope ladder. The ladder was built by hiking veterans. It was made of branches, rattans, ropes and planks. It hung from a cliff of about 20m tall. It shaked and swung as you were climbing up. Honestly speaking, this ladder was not very robust, it was a real challenge for climbers. In 2001, HK government has taken it down lest any accident should happen.

Soon after that, a new path was exploited by hiking veterans to overcome the cliff again.
The Classic Yellow Dragon Three Dangers --- Passage on Cliff

This is the second danger. Compared to the first danger, it was really nothing. All you need to overcome is to walk/climb along some narrow passages along hill-side.
The Classic Yellow Dragon Three Dangers --- Snake Retreat(D˰h)

The third danger could really be scary. As the name suggests, it is so steep that even a snake will back off. If you miss a step, you're finished right away, you will fall over several tens meters to the rocky river bed. Besides vertical cliff, there is nothing beneath the guy in the picture. My advice is to get concentrated, grasp the man-made handrail firmly and crawl across this rock to the footpath on the other side.
After the Snake Retreat, you're almost safe. Take a rest and follow the faint path to the Lantau trail. In hot summer time, this faint path could demand you a quite lot of energy.
The Modern Yellow Dragon Dangers

After the rope ladder was taken down, a new hidden path was soon established to by-pass the first and the second danger. The new path starts where the rope ladder was. The following photos take you through the new Yellow Dragon Dangers.
The Modern Yellow Dragon Dangers --- Rope Cliff

Here is a sheer steep slope made of rough loose rocks. When someone is climbing this slope, people should stay away from the bottom.
There is a scenary outlook waiting for you after the sheer slope. This scenary outlook gives you the whole view of the Right Dragon.
The Modern Yellow Dragon Dangers --- Snake Retreat(D˰h)

A few mintues later, you will meet our old friend again, Snake Retreat.