PRISONS, RESERVOIRS & FRESH MILK

It is long – but very scenic. It is a little steep – but only in the very beginning. And you will even go to jail – well, through one anyway. Yes, this
walk in the central part of the New Territories has something for everyone….

Getting off the bus at Castle Peak Road, we get a chance to see inmates going about their daily routine as we walk straight through one of Tai
Lam’s correctional institutions. It might be an unusual start to a hike, but it will undoubtedly make us appreciate even more the wide open
spaces we will soon encounter.  

We will have to work a little for it, though, as we follow the restricted road up to and above the rim of the Tai Lam Chung Reservoir. However,
once we have passed the dam, there will be nothing but birds, cicadas and frogs to disturb the peace as we follow the contours of this
reservoir, the largest and last of Hong Kong’s valley reservoirs.

As the valley narrows, we follow the Tai Lam stream and suddenly find ourselves looking down at the tracks of the West Rail line as they
emerge from a tunnel to enter the Pat Heung plain. From this point onwards, there is just one short hill to negotiate, before we reach the
second reservoir of the day, Ho Pui, where we will rest to empty our lunch box while taking in the beauty of the place.

Afterwards we follow a winding catchwater looking across the sprawling villages of Kam Tin and Shek Kong towards the volcanic reaches of
the Lam Tsuen Country Park. One of Hong Kong’s more beautiful sceneries awaits us as we cross the dam of the very quiet upper Tsing Tam
Reservoir.  Just before the end of today’s walk, we pass a small independent dairy, where we will stop long enough for those who so desire
to sample their delicious mango pudding or a glass of very fresh milk….

The walk might end at the PLA barracks just outside Shek Kong village, but the adventure is not over yet. The bus ride along Route Twisk to
the MTR station in Tsuen Wan is as much a feature in this outing as the prisons were at the beginning.

At almost 18 km this hike is a little longer than most, but it is also relatively flat. There are only 3 real hills to overcome and the highest point
of the day is a mere 170 metres above sea level.  Furthermore the path is well shaded and all on asphalt or concrete.  Better still, there is not
a single step to negotiate….
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Wildlife comes in all sizes in the Tai Lam Country Park...
Wildlife comes in all sizes in the Tai Lam Country Park...
Tai Lam Country Park, Central New Territories, Hong Kong
Hike Summary
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Distance:
17.5 km
 
Difficulty:
5 out of 10 (due to length)
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: 425 metres
Loss: 330 metres
Price:
HK$250
 
Highest Point:
170 metres
     
Time Spent on Trail:
5.5 hours
Walking: 4.75 hours + Breaks: 0.75 hour
     
Meeting Time & Place:
8:35 am
at Tsuen Wan West Railway Station
     
Finishing Time & Place:
3:30 pm
at Tsuen Wan West Railway Station
Price for this hike as a Private Event on request
  or 4:00 pm  
on Hong Kong Island.
     
 
Food & Drink:
Snack break at Chat To River (6 km).
Lunch stop at Ho Pui Village (10.5 km) or Ho Pui Reservoir (12 km) -
bring lunch box.
Dessert stop at Shek Kong (17.5 km - week-ends only)
not included.
 
Note:
Should the situation so require, then it is possible to cut short the walk at Ho Pui from where minibuses connect
you with the MTR West Rail or the Tai Lam Tunnel Bus Interchange.
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Forest track through Tai Lam Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
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