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Wong Lung Stream 黃龍石澗 by njohn
Hong Kong

Wong Lung Stream 黃龍石澗趁早前灑過幾場大雨,又走了一回黃龍石澗,既是香港九大石澗之一,亦屬東涌五龍之首,石澗源起雙東坳匯五龍之水流至東涌,澗流闊廣,水勢轟然。  由東涌市途經赤躹角新村步行約半小時,到達黃龍石澗的澗口,已可當作一個熱身。踏入黃龍石澗,起點是一個閘水區,即所謂「地龍口」。由於前陣子的暴雨,令到石澗流水充沛,需涉水而行,初段平緩的澗途,已盡見這條大澗優美一面,及至「黃龍瀑」,因雨水累積,流瀑氣勢略見磅礡,此處是全澗最大的水潭,水深卻清澈見底,頓成我們的私人泳池,不諳水性的我,只好看覑同伴暢泳,心中羨慕不已,惟有多拍幾張照片留念。  繼續前行,澗道變得陡斜崎嶇,進入「三龍峽」,左右雙龍為垂直高聳的峽壁,流水一瀉而下,氣勢難以筆墨形容,稍再前行便是絕峽「龍尾瀑」,黃龍至此,無論離澗或繼續上溯,都要經稱為「黃龍三險」的地方上走,或選擇原路落澗而回。「三險」的入口位於右龍石澗對面的崖壁上,第一險是「藤梯崖」的遺址,藤梯已被拆毀,現在只餘一條粗藤與一條繩,非一般人可攀上,繼續沿壁底向左橫移,這裏可觀看到「右龍」的氣勢,沿一條通道到達新的「懸空棧道」,其頂處是一塊巨型裂岩,我們須從裂岩之石隙上攀,雖有繩借力,仍極為困難,加上裂岩有隨時倒塌之險,令我手心冒汗。舊三險只餘「蛇倒退」猶在,不過從前的鐵鏈已被拆掉,只餘壁上繩索,橫移時要格外留神。  三險過後進入上源部分,澗道充滿原始味道,但流瀑連連。繼續上攀,澗道漸漸收窄,至六百米左右,攀上一小壁頂,眼前豁然開朗,滿山野草,在意猶未盡之下,完成全溯黃龍之旅,取道黃龍郊遊徑返回東涌新市鎮。In the past, it used to be very difficult to go to Wong lung Stream. But now, it is much simpler.Walk along the pavement of the left hand side of the Fire Station at Tung Chung New Town. After the bridge, it is Wong Lung Hang Road. Along the path, you will pass through Chek Lap Kok Village. There are more and more grass and bushes on both sides... Yes, you are heading to the mysterious wonderland.

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Uploaded: 05/07/2013
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