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17.5 km
4 out of 10
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: 290 metres
Loss: 385 metres
Highest Point:
170 metres
Time Spent on Trail:
5.5 hours
Walking: 4.75 hours + Breaks: 0.75 hour
Meeting Time & Place:
9:10 am
at Tsuen Wan West Railway Station
Finishing Time & Place:
3:30 pm
at Tai Lam Chung
Price for this hike as a Private Event on request
  or 4:15 pm  
on Hong Kong Island / in Kowloon.
Food & Drink:
Snack breaks en route. Refreshment stop at Ho Pui village (8 km) - not included.
Lunch stop at picnic site above Tai Lam Chung Reservoir (~13 km)
- bring lunch box.
Should the situation so require, then it is possible to cut short the walk at Ho Pui from where minibuses connect
you with the MTR West Rail or the Tai Lam Tunnel Bus Interchange.
Wildlife comes in all sizes in the Tai Lam Country Park...
Wildlife comes in all sizes in the Tai Lam Country Park...
A "stepless" hike

At almost 18 km this walk in the central part of the New Territories is a little longer than most, but it is also relatively flat.
There are only three real climbs to overcome and the highest point of the day is a mere 170 metres above sea level.
Furthermore the path is well shaded and fully paved....

After an exciting bus ride along the steep and twisting Route Twisk, we start our walk at the PLA barracks just outside Shek
Kong village. Following a winding catchwater we look across the sprawling villages of Kam Tin and Shek Kong towards the
volcanic ridges of the Lam Tsuen Country Park. Next, one of Hong Kong’s more beautiful sceneries awaits us as we cross
the dam of the very quiet Tsing Tam Reservoir.

Beyond the reservoir, the flat route continues along the edge of the Pat Heung plain until we dip down into the small village
of Ho Pui. After a brief stop, we then face the longest climb of the day as we follow a restricted access road around pig and
chicken farms up to the head of the Chat To River, where we enter the Tai Lam Country Park.

After a picnic lunch, we follow the contours of the Tai Lam Chung Reservoir, the largest and last of Hong Kong’s valley
reservoirs. For the next many kilometres, there will be nothing but birds, cicadas and frogs to disturb the peace.

Before ending our hike at the busy Castle Peak Road, we get a chance to see the inmates going about their daily routine as
we walk straight through one of Tai Lam’s correctional institutions. It might be an unusual way to finish a walk, but it will
undoubtedly make us appreciate even more the wide open spaces we have just encountered. We suggest making a final
refreshment stop at one of the stores in Tai Lam before the long bus ride back to Central.
Tai Lam Country Park, Central New Territories, Hong Kong
Michael Hansen, helping you explore Hong Kong's other side...
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Forest track through Tai Lam Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
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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.