Lau Shui Heung Reservoir & Sha Lo Tung Valley, New Territories, Hong Kong

It takes less than 20 minutes to get from the busy new town of Fan Ling to the tranquility and beauty of the Lau Shui Heung reservoir. Once
there, we embark on a pleasant walk through beautiful woodlands filled with singing birds and fluttering butterflies. Who knows we might
even spot a deer or a wild pig….

Following a circuitous undulating route through woods and across open ridges – with plenty of look-out points along the way – we eventually
reach the Sha Lo Tung valley. The valley was originally excluded from Pat Sin Leng Country Park out of respect for the farmers in the village.
It has now been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest that is rich in biodiversity and historical value. Some of the dragonfly and
butterfly species that can be seen at Sha Lo Tung were first recorded in Hong Kong. Two amphibian species, the Roman Tree Frog and the
Hong Kong Newt, are local species that so far has been found in Hong Kong only.

Conditions permitting, we will visit Cheung Uk, an almost abandoned village on the perimeter of the valley. While slowly crumbling, the
exteriors of the houses 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 a great place 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.

Note: Rather than going straight back to the MTR, it would be possible to end the outing by walking a part of the Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail. The Tangs have lived
in Lung Yeuk Tau since the Southern Song dynasty and the Trail links a number of historical buildings, structures and sites that reflect their history....
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Exterior detail from walls of the Tang clan's ancestral hall...
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Hike Summary
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11 km
4 out of 10
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: xxx metres
Loss: xxx metres
Highest Point:
xxx metres
Time Spent on Trail:
4 hours
Walking: 3.25 hours + Breaks: 0.75 hour
Meeting Time & Place:
8:45 am
at Fan Ling Railway Station
Finishing Time & Place:
2:00 pm
at Fan Ling Railway Station
Price for this hike as a Private Event on request
  or 3:00 pm  
on Hong Kong Island, if not visiting Lung Yeuk Tau.
Food & Drink:
Picnic at Sha Lo Tung - bring a lunch box or enjoy rice and noodle dishes from the little store....
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Cheung Uk, Sha Lo Tung Valley, New Territories, Hong Kong
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