SOUTHERN TAI LAM COUNTRY PARK
This hike through the lush green oasis of the Tai Lam Country Park in the central part of the New Territories should have a little something for
everyone: A reasonable but not-too-tough work-out; great views over an impressive valley reservoir; tranquil butterfly-filled woodlands;
twisting shady dirt trails and a gem of a hidden watering hole.
Oh, and you will even go to jail – well, through one, anyway….
After a 25-minute bus ride along the busy waters of the Rambler and Ma Wan Channels, we get to stretch our legs as we walk along the
lower end of the Tai Lam Chung Stream, before we check out what the inmates are up to as we walk straight through some 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 climb the restricted road up to and above the rim of the Tai Lam Chung Reservoir. However,
once we have reached the dam, there will be nothing but birds, cicadas and frogs to disturb the peace as we walk along the nicely paved
“stepless” forest track following the contours of the reservoir; the largest and last of Hong Kong’s valley reservoirs.
Just as the trail gets really easy, we divert onto a series of undulating dirt, stone and boulder paths taking us on a round-about journey
through the densely wooded Tai Lam Country Park. While the second half of the route will be well sheltered, there will be occasional
panoramic views to enjoy.
Towards the end, we pause at an old farm house for refreshments. Located in a well-protected large clearing full of flowers and fruit trees,
the farm hosts an amazing assortment of butterflies and dragonflies, though the cool weather might influence their numbers. Herds of feral
cattle are also frequent visitors....
After an apéritif or two, we will then follow the contours of a couple of spectacular gorges on our way down to Sham Tseng, where a table
has been reserved at one of the famous “roasted goose” restaurants.
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and for any claims, injuries or damages arising thereof.
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|Due to work commitments, holidays and other personal matters,
Hansen's Hikes & Rides has decided to SUSPEND all operations until further notice.
Apologizing for any inconvenience caused,
we hope to partially resume our outings towards the end of the year.