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This moderate hike explores the lush valleys, woodlands and ruins of the western and lower parts of the Ma On Shan Country Park.

Setting out from the delightfully named Hang On Estate in the giant new dormitory town of Ma On Shan, we traverse immaculate sports
grounds and parks to reach the gently climbing quiet road that will take us through nurseries to the original Ma On Shan village.

Few traces of its golden days remain, but we will wander around this locally important old mining town before continuing uphill towards the
country park. The paved road ends just beyond Ma On Shan village as we reach the dirt and boulder paths of the park.

We are still going up, but soon we arrive at the lush, peaceful and butterfly filled Ngong Ping plateau – a place you wouldn’t think existed in
Hong Kong: Soft rolling green hills of grass, shrubs and young trees...

But wait – there’s more: The eastern edge of the plateau offers a truly spectacular panoramic view over Port Shelter and the many islands off
Sai Kung. Better still: After an extended snack break at a look-out point, we will be able to savour this wonderful view for a mile or so before
we dip back into the bird-song filled woodlands and onto ancient moss-covered village paths.

Descending gradually westwards, the stone paths lead us along small streams and through a number of decaying old villages. Some of
which might just hide a surprise or two... Just as civilization beckons- at the village of Mui Tsz Lam - we turn back into the country park for
one last short climb to reach the gardens and orchards of Fa Sam Hang, yet another little oasis of tranquility.

The descent from Fa Sam Hang village to Sha Tin does involve a fair number of steps, but soon we will be walking along the broad level
footpaths along some of the tributaries to the Shing Mun River.  

The hike ends officially near the railway station and bus terminus at City One in Sha Tin, but we could also go for a (late) dim sum lunch at Sha
Tin’s floating restaurant a stone's throw away….
Hike Summary
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16 km
6 out of 10
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: 650 metres
Loss: 655 metres
Highest Point:
415 metres
Time Spent on Trail:
5 hours
Walking: 4.25 hours + Breaks: 0.75 hour
Meeting Time & Place:
9:00 am
at Heng On Railway Station
Finishing Time & Place:
2:00 pm
near City One, Shatin
Price for this hike as a Private Event on request
  or 2:45 pm  
in Kowloon / on Hong Kong Island, if not staying for lunch.
Food & Drink:
Multiple snack breaks en route.
Optional shared (late) lunch at Chinese (Dim Sum) restaurant in Sha Tin at end of hike -
not included.
Ngong Ping Plateau & Ma on Shan Tsuen Church
View over Port Shelter & Paragliders on Ngong Ping Plateau
Ma On Shan Country Park boulder path and village ruins
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