Tai To Yan, Lam Tsuen Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
Tai To Yan, Lam Tsuen Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
TAI TO YAN
大刀屻

The trails along the two volcanic ridges of Lam Tsuen Country Park are among the least hiked in Hong Kong. Yet, rising
sharply from the plains and valleys below, both ridges offer truly spectacular views on a clear day.

The trail along the eastern ridge, crossing Tai To Yan (Big Knife Cliff, 566 m.), begins just outside Fan Ling railway station.
Skirting a Taoist temple, the first part of the walk up Stables Hill is popular with morning walkers and passes through a
number of gardens and shelters "illegally" dug out by locals but the ridge itself is usually deserted.

The absence of fellow hikers can only be due to the amazing number of steps we have to climb to get to the top, because the
views from the top are nothing less than spectacular: To the north, we look towards the plains and urban sprawl of Shenzhen
in China. To the northwest, Cockscomb Ridge only partly blocks the view of the Mai Po wetlands. To the southeast, you look
across the Lam Tsuen valley to Tai Po and Cloudy Hill, and rising to the south is Hong Kong’s highest point,
Tai Mo Shan.

While the ridge isn't all level, the ups and downs are fairly gradual and relatively short, so there is little to stop you from
enjoying the views and the large number of butter- and dragonflies we see along the trail.

Care and focus, however, are required at the end of the trail as we descend a very steep and rather long flight of boulder
steps to reach Lam Kam Road near the entrance to the
Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden. At this point, you have a choice of
joining the group for lunch at a local village restaurant nearby or simply to return home….
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Distance:
10 km
 
Difficulty:
8 out of 10
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: 855 metres
Loss: 705 metres
Price:
HK$250
 
Highest Point:
566 metres (Tai To Yan)
     
Time Spent on Trail:
4.5 hours
Walking: 4 hours + Breaks: 0.5 hour
     
Meeting Time & Place:
9:00 am
at Fan Ling Railway Station
     
Finishing Time & Place:
1:30 pm
by Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden
Price for this hike as a Private Event on request
  or 2:45 pm  
in Kowloon / on Hong Kong Island, if not staying for lunch.
 
Food & Drink:
Snack breaks en route.
Optional shared lunch at a village restaurant in Kam Tin after the hike -
not included.
 
Note 1:
An honest word of warning: If you don't like using the stair-master at the gym, then this is not a hike for you.
 
Note 2:
Due to the narrowness of the path and the rather precipitous slopes at certain points, this hike might not be
suitable for those suffering from vertigo.
 
Note 3:
Note:  As the hike ends right outside Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, it is possible to combine the walk with a
visit to Hong Kong’s premier nature conservation centre. Check their
website and let us know if you are
interested and we will extend the day.
Typical scenes from the trail along Tai To Yan
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