Tai Mo Shan & Shing Mun Country Parks, Central New Territories, Hong Kong
ROUGH TRAILS, RESERVOIRS & RENDANG
(includes the Lung Mun Country Trail)

Traversing the lower slopes of Hong Kong’s highest peak, Tai Mo Shan, and following the contours of the Shing Mun Reservoirs, this hike
ends at the railway station in Tai Wai.

Just a short minibus ride from the crowds of Tsuen Wan we enter a different world. Once Chuen Lung was famous for its tea plantations and
orchards, but though a number of the old tea houses are still open for business, the dominant source of revenue these days seems to be the
car repair shops….

Soon, though, we are onto a gently undulating rough dirt trail. Our path tracks the contours of the Tai Mo Shan foothills crossing numerous
streams and offering stunning views: To your left, the towering Tai Mo Shan. To your right, the Hong Kong cityscape. Dipping in and out of
scrubland, we are likely to encounter the odd herd of feral cattle and spot a fair number of interesting birds.

Just as Lion Rock and Needle Hill come into view, we descend into the thick woods of the Shing Mun valley. Here monkeys roam free and
compete for your attention with a large number of colourful butterflies. While the macaques do put on a nice show, we will hopefully find a
simian-free picnic spot on the edge of the Shing Mun Reservoir to enjoy an extended snack break.

Though it is generally gently downhill, the hardest part of this walk is tackled after the snack break, when we follow the contours of the
Lower Shing Mun Reservoir. Along the upper reservoir, our route follows either a paved forest track or a wide level dirt track, but along the
lower reservoir the path is quite narrow and rather worn. Additionally, the drop to your left is occasionally steep – especially at the point
where we walk above the Shing Mun - Sha Tin Highway. Apart from a rather spectacular hike, your reward for being brave is the knowledge
that you would have gone where few others have been….

We suggest finishing the hike with a meal at a popular Indonesian restaurant on the outskirts of Tai Wai, before getting on the train back to
the city….
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Tai Mo Shan & Shing Mun Country Parks, Central New Territories, Hong Kong
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Distance:
16 km
 
Difficulty:
5 out of 10
 
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: xxx metres
Loss: xxx metres
Price:
HK$250
 
Highest Point:
xxx metres
     
Time Spent on Trail:
5 hours
Walking: 4.5 hours + Breaks: 0.5 hour
     
Meeting Time & Place:
8:30 am
at Tsuen Wan Railway Station
     
Finishing Time & Place:
2:00 pm
in Tai Wai
Price for this hike as a Private Event on request
  or 2:30 pm  
on Hong Kong Island, if not staying for lunch.
 
Food & Drink:
There are NO stores along this route, so please bring snacks and plenty of water.
We suggest ending the hike with lunch at an Indonesian restaurant near Tai Wai -
not included.
 
Note:
Check Rough Trails, Reservoirs & Railways for the afternoon version of this hike.
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