RunKeeper is an amazing tool. I went on a run from Hung Hom to Tai Wai this morning. RunKeeper recorded my route using GPS and then plotted it on a map. It also provided statistics such as the total distance, total time, time per unit distance, average speed, calories burned, etc. - great motivation to run more, harder, and varied routes.
The only practical route from Hung Hom in Kowloon to Shatin in the New Territories is TaiPo Road (大埔公路), which runs through the gap between Golden Hill and Beacon Hill. So that was what I took this morning. The approximately 14 kilometer took me 2 hours.
The run was not too bad except that stretch crossing Lung Cheung Road (龍翔道). There were a lot of flyovers, detours, and construction. Sidewalks were obliterated by the construction, or were non-existent to begin with. It was practically impassable. I will not run over there again.
Beyond that, however, I was rewarded by great views over Kowloon before the gap, and then Shatin afterwards.
There were also, of course, the monkeys, near Shek Lei Pui and Shing Mun Reservoirs (城門水塘). The monkeys behaved as if their owned the place. They sat in trees, on slopes, and in the middle of the road, staring straight at you, demanding food. I heard there are more than a thousand of them over there now. I do not particularly like monkeys. But it is somewhat comforting to know that wild animals can still survive in Hong Kong.
The beautiful Kowloon Reservoir was right beside Tai Po Road. Hong Kong is an amazing place.