TAI LAM COUNTRY PARK
大欖郊野公園
(Southwards)

None of the hills have a name and with the highest peaking at just 290 metres, we won’t set any altitude records, but the
sheer number of ups and downs makes this hike through Tai Lam Country Park quite a physical challenge all the same.

It is a short flat stroll from the bus stop to the trail head, but we should enjoy it as the climbing starts almost immediately we
get into the country park.  The reward for the efforts put into this initial climb and the walk along the ridge is spectacular
views over Kam Tin, Pat Heung and the Yuen Long basin.  If the weather is clear, the Mai Po wetlands, Shenzhen and
Tai
Mo Shan are also visible.  This part of the country park still bears the scars of the heavy deforestation that Hong Kong
suffered in the first half of the 20th century, but work is in progress to resolve the problem.

From the day’s highest point, we then descend along an undulating forest trail until we reach the Chat To river at the Tai
Lam Chung Reservoir. Soon, however, we will be back into the woodlands with its birds, butterflies and – maybe –
reptiles.

After a couple of kilometres through densely wooded valleys, we reach a well-maintained forest track.  We will follow this for
a few hundred metres only before reaching the turn-off for a small hidden valley - home to a gem of a watering hole.

Though it is the kind of place that you would prefer to keep to yourself, we will stop for an apéritif or two before following the
contours of a couple of spectacular gorges on our way down to Sham Tseng, where tables have been reserved at one of the
famous “roasted goose” restaurants.
Tai Lam Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
Tai Lam Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
Tai Lam Country Park wildlife
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Distance:
12.5 km
 
Difficulty:
7 out of 10
 
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: 645 metres
Loss: 665 metres
Price:
HK$250
 
Highest Point:
290 metres
     
Time Spent on Trail:
5 hours
Walking: 4.25 hours + Breaks: 0.75 hour
     
Meeting Time & Place:
8:30 am
in Central
     
Finishing Time & Place:
2:00 pm
in Sham Tseng
Price for this hike as a Private Event on request
  or 2:45 pm  
on Hong Kong Island, if not staying for lunch.
     
 
Food & Drink:
Snack break near Tai Lam Chung Reservoir (5.5 km).
Refreshment stop at Tsing Fai Tong (10 km) -
not included.
We propose to finish with a late lunch at a restaurant in Sham Tseng -
not included.
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