So Lo Pun – An abandoned village at the north east of Hong Kong near Lai Chi Wo. It is located deep within the country side, where no transportation is connected to the village, the only way to reach there is on foot. The village has about 20-30 abundant houses and most of them have broken down. The village is very mysterious since it has a lot of supernatural stories.
There are some supernatural rumors based on So Lo Pun – During the period of the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, a man returned to the village for a festival cerebration and discovered that all of the villagers have disappeared, where all of the dishes prepared for the cerebration are still in tacked at the tables with food and therefore the villagers might have disappeared all of a sudden. Another rumor was about a hiker was found dead in the village and the dead body was in kneeing position with painful facial expression.
The name “So Lo Pun” in Chinese meaning is “Locks the compress” which some of the hikers were reported that their compress was malfunctioned at the village. And therefore the location was named as “So Lo Pun.
The Hiking Route
The hiking route recommend to start at Wu Kau Tang Village:
To go: Wu Kau Tang Village -> Sam A Tsuen -> Lai Chi Wo -> So Lo Pun
To leave: So Lo Pun -> Yung Shue Au -> Luk Keng
To get to the Wu Kau Tang Village, you need to take the Green mini bus 20R from the Tai Po Market East Rail Station. Due to the long distance of the route, make sure that the trip starts as early as possible, took me about 8 hours for the entire trip.
From Wu Kau Tang Village to Sam A Tsuen was pretty easy, the difficult part is when encounter high tide period during the day, there is a section of the route on the way to Sam A Tsuen which requires to take off the shoes and cross a river, because of the high tide. Once you reach Sam A Tsuen, there is a local restaurant to serve food and drink which you could take a break there. After Sam A Tsuen, the path to Lai Chi Wo is even easier to walk with mostly concrete floor. At Lai Chi Wo, you could take a break and see the monuments. After Lai Chi Wo, you have to prepare for a difficult walk on continuously uphill and down on irregular rocky road.
After an hour of walk, you could have reached So Lo Pun. Based on my experience, the first impression of the village is very different from previous check points. It is very quiet there and damp. The place is so quiet which you could feel that no one has came for a long while. The scary thing is some noise like boar grunt. The place is really strange, even though the houses there are completely broken without roof, outside of every door, there are 3 red banners with writing on it and they look completely fresh.
After visiting So Lo Pun, The path to Luk Keng is getting difficult, you would have to spend most of the time on rocky road at the hill side. And once you reach Luk Keng, there is a mini bus service 56K which operates until 19:30 and therefore if you missed the last service, you have to call a taxi:
The location of So Lo Pun:
So Lo Pun
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