TAI LAM COUNTRY PARK
Only in Hong Kong could a countryside excursion start with a mile-long walk through a covered air-conditioned footbridge,
but that is exactly how we begin this hike traversing the large, lush natural lung that is the Tai Lam Country Park....
It is thus in comfort that we head west out of Tsuen Wan MTR station. What's more, the first steps we encounter have been
substituted by a descending escalator.... The gentle warm-up continues as we slowly gain altitude by climbing a suburban
road to reach a hidden series of small waterfalls on the edge of the city.
Up until this point, it has all been a bit of a stroll, but this changes when we get to the 356 steps and the very basic dirt path
leading us to the nice level Tai Lam Chung Catchwater Jogging Trail.... We shall, briefly, follow this trail, but then the ascent
starts in earnest as we climb past the small orchards and more-or-less abandoned vegetable farms of Ha Shan. Beyond Ha
Shan, the walk along the exposed and boulder strewn southern slope of Shek Lung Kung is steep, sweat-inducing and
heartbeat-raising but it lasts for a mile only and the views over the Rambler Channel, Tsing Yi and the Tsing Ma & Ting Kau
bridges are phenomenal and worth the elevated heart beat. On really clear days On really clear days Hong Kong Island and,
even, Lamma Island can be seen.
At the top of the hill, we turn our back on the big city below and descend into the lush woodlands of the Tai Lam Country
Park. Soon, the sounds of jackhammers, fire trucks and bus brakes are replaced by bird song and the throaty quack of frogs.
Butterflies are everywhere and we might well bump into the odd herd of feral cattle as well....
We pass the virtually forgotten hamlet of Sheung Tong - a well-protected clearing deep in the woods - then cross a narrow
but deep unnamed valley that seems almost too remote to be in Hong Kong.
Having climbed out of this green gorge, we begin the gentle descent along well-shaded dirt and boulder paths towards the
serene Ho Pui Reservoir, where we make a brief stop before ending our walk at one of Ho Pui’s stores. There should be time
for a quick refreshment before we make our way back to the city by minibus and train.
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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.