BENEATH TAI MO SHAN

This moderate New Territories hike links the lower slopes of Hong Kong’s highest mountain, Tai Mo Shan, and the dense woodlands around
the Shing Mun Reservoir with the old market town of Tai Po.

Following a short minibus ride from Tsuen Wan Railway Station, we begin our adventure in Chuen Lung, a third of the way up Tai Mo Shan.
Once a popular stop for local day-trippers due to its tea houses famous for serving home-grown tea using mountain stream water, Chuen
Lung these days seems to derive most of its income from automobile body shops…

Just beyond the village, however, nature takes over and we soon find ourselves on a wonderful mildly undulating dirt path that follows the
contours of the lower southern slopes of
Tai Mo Shan, crossing numerous streams and offering stunning views: To your left; the towering Tai
Mo Shan. To your right; the Hong Kong cityscape.

Entering the country park, there is a short climb to a plateau just above the tree line where we pause for a snack break and take in the
superb panoramic view.

After the break, we dip back into the woods along more dirt paths. Crossing the occasional stream bed, we eventually emerge just above
Lead Mine Pass to enjoy the spectacular green and blue panorama that is the entire Shing Mun Country Park.

From the pass, we have to descend a fairly steep and rather rough dirt and boulder path to reach our final destination, Tai Po, where we
suggest ending the hike with a late, but well-deserved, tasty Thai lunch before heading back to the city.

Note that while our route, initially, does skirt the extreme suburbs, this is predominantly a forest hike so, weather permitting, we should
encounter a fair amount of varied wildlife. Birds and butterflies are a given but, as we will partially follow the path less trodden, there is a
chance, too, of encountering not only feral cattle and the odd
monkey, but also shier creatures such as wild boars and porcupines.
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Hike Summary
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Distance:
13 km
 
Difficulty:
6 out of 10
 
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: 550 metres
Loss: 855 metres
Price:
HK$250
 
Highest Point:
570 metres
     
Time Spent on Trail:
5 hours
Walking: 4.25 hours + Breaks: 0.75 hour
     
Meeting Time & Place:
8:30 am
at Tsuen Wan Railway Station
     
Finishing Time & Place:
2:00 pm
in Tai Po
Price for this hike as a Private Event on request
  or 2:45 pm  
on Hong Kong Island, if not staying for lunch.
     
 
Food & Drink:
Snack breaks en route.
(Optional) late lunch at a Thai restaurant at end of the hike in Tai Po (13 km) -
not included.
On the slopes of Hong Kong's highest peak
Scenes from trails beneath Tai Mo Shan...
Scenes from the trails beneath Tai Mo Shan...
Michael Hansen, helping you explore Hong Kong's other side...
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and for any claims, injuries or damages arising thereof.
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