Mirror Pool Falls, Plover Cove Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
PLOVER COVE COUNTRY PARK
船灣郊野公園

One of the best places in Hong Kong to feel that you have gotten away from it all is the Plover Cove Country Park in the northeastern New
Territories. This relatively easy walk will take you through mountain valleys, around old fields, along  rocky shores of small inlets and past
abandoned villages.  

And yet, one of the most spectacular sights of the day is just a few minutes walk from the bus stop:  We start the day by visiting Mirror Pool
Falls – one of Hong Kong’s more impressive waterfalls. Next, we skirt the village of Wu Kau Tang and the empty houses of Kau Tam Tso
before entering the country park proper. We make sure that we get the day’s climbing over and done with as soon as possible, before we
reach Sam A Tsuen at the western edge of the Yan Chau Tong Marine Park.

In Sam A Tsuen we benefit from the entrepreneurship of the Hong Kong people as we enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the
restaurants which
open on week-ends only to cater to passing hikers.  

Apart from the tasty food and cold drinks, we also savour the tranquility of this beautiful corner of Hong Kong. One of the few places where
jack hammers are unknown and mobile phones useless….

After lunch we follow the very colorful shoreline for a while, before heading back inland past the ruins of Ha Miu Tin and Sheung Miu Tin.

Our walk ends at the minibus stop in Wu Kau Tang. Consisting of a number of interconnected villages,
Wu Kau Tang, according to the Hong
Kong WWF, is one of the most species rich lowland forest sites in Hong Kong. A total of 164 tree species have been recorded in the Wu Kau
Tang fung shui wood of which several are rare.

We will have a look around this remote outpost of civilization before returning to the city using various means of public transport.
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Stepping stones over small stream in Plover Cove Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
Mangrove and feral cattle near Sam A village, Plover Cove Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
Sam A Wan and Sam A Tsuen (Sam A Bay and Village), Plover Cove Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
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Distance:
12 km
 
Difficulty:
3 out of 10
 
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: 265 metres
Loss: 250 metres
Price:
HK$250
 
Highest Point:
150 metres
     
Time Spent on Trail:
5.5 hours
Walking: 4.25 hours + Breaks: 1.25 hours
     
Meeting Time & Place:
8:55 am
at Tai Po Market Railway Station
     
Finishing Time & Place:
4:20 pm
in Tai Po
Price for this hike as a Private Event on request
  or 4:45 / 5:00 pm  
in Kowloon / on Hong Kong Island.
     
 
Food & Drink:
Lunch at restaurant at Sam A Tsuen (6.5 km) - not included.
 
Note 1:
While there are no beaches along this route, it would be possible to go for a refreshing swim off the secluded pier
in Sam A at the end of the walk, so consider bringing swimwear, reef shoes and a towel. Showers available at the
restaurant.  
 
Note 2:
Unless booked as a Private Event, this outing is possible only on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays
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