Cloudy Hill & Sha Lo Tung Valley, New Territories, Hong Kong
Hok Tau Reservoir, New Territories, Hong Kong
CLOUDY HILL
九龍坑山

Cloudy Hill is by no means the highest peak in Hong Kong, nor is it generally covered in clouds. At 440 metres though, it is nevertheless a bit
of a challenge and a beautiful one, at that.

It is a fairly long, relatively steep, but virtually "stepless" climb from the picturesque hidden Lau Shui Heung Reservoir to the peak of Cloudy
Hill. However, the views from the top are well worth the effort. Here we enjoy spectacular panoramas over
Tai Mo Shan and the Lam Tsuen
Valley to the east, the
Tolo Harbour to the south and over the flatlands around Fan Ling and Sheung Shui into China towards the north.

Descending from Cloudy Hill, we enter into woodlands and pay a visit to the Sha Lo Tung valley. The valley is ecologically valuable because it
is one of the few unpolluted upland valleys in Hong Kong, and for this reason is home to a good proportion of the species that are dependent
on fresh water to be found in the territory.

The head of the valley is an open area of disused rice fields with three almost abandoned villages on the perimeter. Our trail leads us past the
old schoolhouse and into Cheung Uk, which is the best preserved of the three. The exteriors of the houses here are mostly intact and no new
houses have been built for more than 30 years. The fung shui wood is growing healthily behind the village, making Cheung Uk one of the best
places to get an impression of what a Hakka village looked like 30-50 years ago.

From the village, we proceed into woodland and, making our way through fields and groves of with lychee trees, eventually reach the small
Hok Tau Reservoir, set deep in the valley with the
Pat Sin Leng range rising steeply upwards to the east. Following the contours of the
reservoir, we reach a small road and shortly afterwards the turn off to Hok Tau Wai village, where we catch a minibus back to Fan Ling.
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Lau Shui Heung Reservoir, New Territories, Hong Kong
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Distance:
12 km
 
Difficulty:
5 out of 10
 
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: xxx metres
Loss: xxx metres
Price:
HK$250
 
Highest Point:
440 metres (Cloudy Hill)
     
Time Spent on Trail:
4.25 hours
Walking: 3.75 hours + Breaks: 0.5 hour
     
Meeting Time & Place:
9:10 am
at Fan Ling Railway Station
     
Finishing Time & Place:
2:20 pm
at Fan Ling Railway Station
Price for this hike as a Private Event on request
  or 2:45 / 3:00 pm  
in Kowloon / on Hong Kong Island.
     
           
Food & Drink:
Picnic on the trail - bring lunch box.
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