TAI LAM BY BIKE

Having picked up our iron horses near Yuen Long MTR station, we make our way around this busy market town to reach its quieter suburbs.
As can be seen from the rather haphazard development of this part of Hong Kong, the concept of urban planning hasn’t quite reached Shap
Pat Heung…

Traversing what used to be a series of small villages surrounded by rice paddies the going is all flat. This changes the moment we reach the
turn off for the popular BBQ destination of Tai Tong at the edge of the Tai Lam Country Park. Here we will quickly be shifting into lower gears…

Once past the country park warden’s post, we find ourselves riding on ondulating paved forest tracks for a little while and should encounter
few, if any, vehicles. Reaching the large Tai Lam Chung Reservoir, we leave the road behind us to ride on dirt trails along its western and
southern shores. While the ride is mostly flat, there will be a number of places where we will have to carry or push the bikes – especially
towards the end of this off-road section. Back on the paved track, we cross the reservoir’s main dam which permits us a glimpse into life in a
Hong Kong prison…

Beyond the dam, our route becomes more hilly. However, the climbs are followed by exciting descents. At this point, the actual route will
depend on the group’s wishes but it might include a stop at a small watering hole for refreshments.

While we leave the country park at our point of entry, we will take a different route back to the bike shop.
... exploring Hong Kong's other side...
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Distance:
30 - 40 km
 
Difficulty:
6 out of 10
 
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: 380 metres
Loss: 380 metres
Price:
HK$320
incl. bicycle rental
Highest Point:
170 m
     
Time Spent on Trail:
5 hours
Cycling: 4 hours + Breaks: 1 hour
     
Meeting Time & Place:
9:15 am
at Yuen Long Railway Station
 
Finishing Time & Place:
2:30 pm
in Yuen Long
Price for this ride as a Private Event on request
  or 3:15 pm  
in Kowloon / on Hong Kong Island, if not staying for lunch.
           
Food & Drink:
Snack breaks on the trail - bring your own.
(Optional) late lunch at small café outside Yuen Long towards the end of the ride
- not included.
           
Note 1:
When riding within the country park, it is also COMPULSORY to wear a helmet. While they won't actually rent you
           
Note 2:
Half of this ride will be on paved forest tracks, but a quarter will be along dirt trails. The remainder will mainly
follow relatively quiet back roads and paths. There will, however, also be a few stretches along busy city streets.
Scenes from the shores of Tai Lam Chung Reservoir, Tai Lam Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
A temple near Yuen Long and wildlife inside Tai Lam Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
Tai Lam Chung Reservoir Dam and part of the bicycle trails within Tai Lam Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
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