Kai Kung Shan
IQ question: where is the place you will find the most shortcuts?
Where will there be the most shortcuts? In Hong
Kong’s mountain trails, the answer may be at a U-turn or S curve.
Next time, pay careful attention to a U-shaped or
S-shaped bend, an anxious hiker always creates a shortcut.
As a result of being insignificantly faster, hikers
trample on the plants and woodland, destroying them in the process. Furthermore, these shortcuts tend to be on
steeper slopes, causing faster runoff during heavy rain. Again, intensifying
the rate of soil erosion on the mountain trail.
There are many such shortcuts on Kai Kung Shan of
the MacLehose Trail. Some short cuts are
so broad and habitually used, that it is hard to differentiate which is the
Plants and trees between the shortcut and trail are constantly destroyed, slowly causing soil to erode and plants being lost. An “island effect” is created, whereby new paths create a circle around the plants and trees in the middle, which unfortunately would meet the same fate of being decimated.
On your next hike, remember
to walk on the official trail and protect it, okay?