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[Challenging!] Hiking Routes Recommendations (Difficulty: 4 to 5 stars ★★★★★)

It’s time for a hike as autumn approaches! For hikers who are seeking further challenges, you may visit the “4-star to 5-star” hiking routes recommended by the dedicated website “Enjoy Hiking” of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and “Difficult” routes recommended by “Hiking Scheme” website of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Choose your preferred route and plan a hike with friends and family members! (★=Easy | ★★=Moderate | ★★★=Demanding | ★★★★=Difficult | ★★★★★=Very Difficult)     *Please choose>>> Hong Kong Island North New Territories West New Territories Central New Territories Sai Kung Lantau Jardine’s Lookout - Quarry Bay(Difficulty: ★★★★)Start at Mount Butler Road, walk along Sir Cecil’s Ride and proceed to Tai Tam Reservoir Road, Jardine’s Lookout and Siu Ma Shan. Continue along Quarry Bay Tree Walk to Greig Road, Quarry Bay. This route largely follows Section 2 of the Wilson Trail⋯⋯Read moreTo Tei Wan - Big Wave Bay (Difficulty: ★★★★)Start at To Tei Wan, Shek O Road, and walk uphill to Shek O Peak.  Then walk along the ridge between the peak and Wan Cham Shan, which resembles the back of a dragon and is well known as Dragon’s Back (Lung Chek).  Though a bit steep on both sides, the ridge offers stunning sea views on the east and west coasts and magnificent scenery along the path⋯⋯Read more (Back to Top) Wilson Trail (Section 8) Yuen Tun Ha to Cloudy Hill (Difficulty: ★★★★)Section 8 does not fall within the area of country parks and it starts at Sheung Wun Yiu, San Uk Ka. From there to King Law Ka Shuk, Tai Po Tau Tsuen, it is a cultural tour – as early as the Ming dynasty, the hills were once a kiln site because of its abundant water resources from Tai Mo Shan and rich deposits of porcelain clay in the soil⋯⋯Read more Wilson Trail (Section 9) Cloudy Hill to Pat Sin Leng (Difficulty: ★★★★)Section 9 starts from the summit of Cloudy Hill and ends at Hsien Ku Fung, traversing Hok Tau Reservoir, Ping Fung Shan, and Pat Sin Leng. Immersed in the peace and tranquility of the landscape at Hok Tau Reservoir before you take the footpath at the junction⋯⋯Read more Wilson Trail (Section 10) Pat Sin Leng to Nam Chung (Difficulty: ★★★★)The last section is a scenic route as well as an easy hike. After descending from Hsien Ku Fung, the stone stairs lead down to Pat Sin Leng Nature Trail. Along the trail, you will wend your way through the deserted ancient village of Wang Shan Keuk Ha Tsuen⋯⋯Read more Ma Mei Ha - Luk Keng (Difficulty: ★★★★)Ascend Ping Teng Au from Tan Chuk Hang, walk along Nam Chung Country Trail and head toward Nam Chung via Lo Lung Tin.  Take in the views of the north-eastern part of the New Territories and the boundary at Sha Tau Kok along the way⋯⋯Read more Wu Kau Tang - Luk Keng (Difficulty: ★★★★)Enter the ancient footpath of Lai Tau Shek from Wu Kau Tang and proceed to Lai Chi Wo.  On the way, visit the ancient temple and the Hakka village.  Take a close look of the old banyan, white-flowered derris, hollow tree, mangroves and the buttress roots of looking glass trees⋯⋯Read more Wu Tip Shan - Lam Tsuen (Difficulty: ★★★★)Start from the entrance to the cement-paved Wu Tip Shan Path and walk uphill. The route involves mainly uphill sections with hillside steps and downhill footpaths, so make sure you are physically fit for it. There is a viewing platform in the section between Wu Tip Shan and Kei Lak Tsai, where you can enjoy the magnificent scenery of New Territories North⋯⋯Read more Plover Cove Reservoir Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★★★★)Completed in 1968, Plover Cove Reservoir is the second largest reservoir in Hong Kong in terms of the area it covers.  The many undulating slopes and the lack of supplies on this long hiking trail that skirts around the reservoir make it a test of experience and fitness⋯⋯Read more (Back to Top) MacLehose Trail (Section 10) Tin Fu Tsai to Tuen Mun (Difficulty: ★★★★)The last section of the MacLehose Trail is the lengthiest one, crossing almost half of Tai Lam Country Park and extending to Tuen Mun Town. Kat Hing Bridge is at the intersection of streams and was once the main access connecting Yuen Long to Tsuen Wan. There used to be seven small crossing bridges⋯⋯Read moreYuen Tsuen Ancient Trail Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★★★)Ancient trails used to be a key route for villagers to communicate and do trade with the outside world in the old days.  Many of them, including Nam Hang Pai Ancient Trail, Kap Lung Ancient Trail, and Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail, lie inside Tai Lam Country Park, which also has the greatest number of country trails.  Linking Yuen Long with Tsuen Wan⋯⋯Read more Tsuen King Circuit - Sham Tseng (Difficulty: ★★★★)Enter the Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail from Pun Shan Tsuen in Chai Wan Kok and follow the path around Shek Lung Kung.  Cross Tin Tsing Bridge and walk past Tin Fu Tsai Campsite to reach Tsing Fai Tong.  Walk westward for about 1 km to a junction and continue down the path heading south to Sham Tseng Settlement Basin⋯⋯Read more Chuen Lung - Shing Mun Reservoir (Difficulty: ★★★★)Start at Chuen Lung minibus station at Route Twist. Upon reaching Choi Lung Restaurant, follow the driveway leading to Chuen Lung Management Centre. Continue along the Lung Mun Country Trail and proceed to the Shing Mun Forest Track (Reservoir Section). Take the path on the right leading to Pineapple Dam, where you may visit the Butterfly Paradise on the way. The trip ends at Shing Mun Road⋯⋯Read more Wong Nai Tun - Tai Tong (Difficulty: ★★★★)Visit Yeung Ka Tsuen Old House in Tai Tong, and the three ancient temples around Pak Fu Au.  Get spectacular views of the “Thousand-lsland Lake” in Tai Lam Chung Reservoir while walking along the MacLehose Trail in the reverse direction and enjoying the beautiful scenery on the way⋯⋯Read more (Back to Top) MacLehose Trail (Section 8) Lead Mine Pass to Route Twisk (Difficulty: ★★★★)Hong Kong used to have many mine sites, one of which was Lead Mine Pass. There were mining activities in the east of the present day Shing Mun Country Park in as early as the 1930s. The mine sites have gone derelict since the 1960s as a result of the emergence of a large number of overseas large-scale mine sites and the plummeting price of ore⋯⋯Read more (Back to Top) MacLehose Trail (Section 2) Long Ke to Pak Tam Au (Difficulty: ★★★★)MacLehose Trail Section 2 is one of the phenomenally popular hiking trails, and this is the best section for you to feel the beauty of the coast of Hong Kong.  At the start of MacLehose Trail Section 2 is the steep, 314-metre Sai Wan Shan; only after descending from this mountain can you reach Sai Wan beach, otherwise known as “the Maldives of Hong Kong”⋯⋯Read moreMacLehose Trail (Section 3) Pak Tam Au to Kei Ling Ha (Difficulty: ★★★★)Featuring undulating mountains with a steep gradient, the third section of the MacLehose Trail is definitely one of the top three in terms of difficulty. With the trail traversing Ngam Tau Shan, Wa Mei Shan, Lui Ta Shek and Kai Kun Shan, their dazzling heights at around 400 metres above sea level can offer you distinct appearances of the rolling mountains from different angles⋯⋯⋯Read moreMacLehose Trail (Section 4) Kei Ling Ha to Tate's Cairn (Difficulty: ★★★★)The fourth section of the MacLehose Trail is another gateway to even more breath-taking scenery, as the saying “Perfection knows no limits” goes. Go through Wong Chuk Yeung Village from Shui Long Wo, and then climb up to the 555-metre high Ma On Shan ridge. Although by no means an easy section, it commands Yim Tin Tsai and Kau Sai Chau from a height – the higher you are, the farther you can see⋯⋯Read moreTai Long Wan Hiking Trail (Difficulty: ★★★★)Starting at Sai Wan Pavilion, this immensely popular hiking trail first traverses Sai Wan and then Ham Tin Wan, both of which face the Pacific Ocean. It never ceases to amaze visitors with such landforms as streams and estuaries as well as turquoise water and fine sand⋯⋯⋯Read moreLau Shui Heung - Tai Po Tau (Difficulty: ★★★★)Start at Lau Shui Heung Reservoir and take the country trail on the right.  After passing Lau Shui Bridge, cross Lung Shan Bridge and walk through Kat Tsai Shan Au.  Walk slowly up Cloudy Hill (Kau Lung Hang Shan) located on the western boundary of Pat Sin Leng Country Park and enjoy a spectacular view of Tolo Harbour and Tai Po lying at the foot of the mountains in the north-eastern part of New Territories.  Continue along Section 8 of the Wilson Trail in the reverse direction to reach Tai Po Tau, where dining and entertainment options are conveniently available⋯⋯Read moreTai Au Mun - Hang Hau (Difficulty: ★★★★)Start at Tai Au Mun, walk slowly up the south-facing slope of High Junk Peak (Tiu Yue Yung), which is one of the three steepest climbs in Sai Kung with an elevation of 344 metres.  Carry on along the north side of the ridge toward Sheung Yeung Shan.  Visit Mang Kung Uk by the hillside and walk down the slope to Hang Hau, Tseung Kwan O through Wo Tong Gong⋯⋯Read moreUk Tau - Wong Shek - Hoi Ha (Difficulty: ★★★★)Visit the coastal mangroves at Uk Tau, Sai Kung before taking the Wong Shek Family Walk to Tai Tan.  Enter the Tai Tan Country Trail and enjoy the magnificent scenery of Tap Mun and Ko Lau Wan.  Follow the path around Lan Lo Au until you reach Hoi Ha Wan, visit the “Drumming Rock” and enjoy a spectacular view of Hoi Ha Wan⋯⋯⋯Read moreHau Tong Kai - Pak Tam Au (Difficulty: ★★★★)Walk into the tranquil woods from Hau Tong Kai, Sai Kung.  Climb slowly up the path leading to the mountain village Cheung Sheung and proceed to Au Mun to explore the views of Jacob’s Ladder, Yung Shue O Village and Kei Ling Ha Hoi.  In the afternoon, climb Ngau Yee Shek Shan (440m) and walk along Section 3 of the MacLehose Trail down to Pak Tam Au⋯⋯⋯Read moreChui Tung Au – Pak Tam Au (Difficulty: ★★★★)Start at Sai Wan Pavilion to Chui Tung Au and walk downhill to Sai Wan and Ham Tin Wan, where you can explore the beautiful beaches with powdery sand and clear water. Walk up to Tai Long Au and head toward Pak Tam Au via Chek Keng on the return leg. This is a rather long route with uphill and downhill sections offering splendid scenery but no breakaway points⋯⋯Read morePak Sha O - Shui Long Wo(Difficulty: ★★★★)Enter a concrete path after reaching the road sign for Pak Sha O on Hoi Ha Road. Walk to She Shek Au via Ha Yeung and Nam Shan Tung.  Go downhill, walk past an old church and proceed to Sham Chung, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of a vast area of grassland.  Walk along the coastal path which leads to Yung Shue O through an area of mangroves.  Then walk along the catchwatch to Shui Long Wo while taking in the wonderful sunset views over Three Fathoms Cove⋯⋯Read more Devil's Peak - Tseng Lan Shue (Difficulty: ★★★★)Start at W020 of Wilson Trail and walk slowly up to the relics on Devil’s Peak (Pau Toi Shan) (Note: the path leading to the wartime ruins is rather rugged).  Get a panoramic view of the eastern part of Hong Kong Island and Yau Tong.  Continue up the path to a morning walker garden on Black Hill (304m) and have a bird’s eye view of the much changed Tseung Kwan O⋯⋯⋯Read more (Back to Top) Chi Ma Wan Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★★★)Chi Ma Wan Country Trail, with a total length of 18.5 kilometres, starts and ends at Shap Long Campsite.  The trail almost circumnavigates Chi Ma Wan Peninsula, offering hikers vistas of Pui O Bay, Ham Tin Village and Cheung Sha⋯⋯Read more Lantau Trail (Section 2) Nam Shan to Pak Kung Au (Difficulty: ★★★★)Adorned with a seemingly limitless sea of silvergrass at an elevation of 869 metres and 749 metres respectively, Sunset Peak and Yi Tung Shan have not only been a paradise for hiking enthusiasts, but also a magnet for photography aficionados.  You can reach them by walking along the stone steps from the barbecue site at Nam Shan Au, the start point of Section Two of the Lantau Trail⋯⋯Read more Lantau Trail (Section 3) Pak Kung Au to Ngong Ping (Difficulty: ★★★★)Before Hong Kong became a city and a trading port, Lantau Peak had always been referred to as ‘Lan Tau’, which is the romanisation of the words ‘broken head’ in Chinese, by local villagers because the outline of its summit looks broken apart.  In the 19th century when the British came to Hong Kong, the whole island was called the same name; this is how Lantau Island got its name⋯⋯Read more (Back to Top) (The information are provided by Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and Leisure and Cultural Services Department)

[Intermediate!] Hiking Routes Recommendations (Difficulty: 2 to 3 stars ★★★)

It’s time for a hike as autumn approaches! For intermediary level hikers, you may visit the “2-star to 3-star” hiking routes recommended by the dedicated website “Enjoy Hiking” of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and “Moderate” routes recommended by the “Hiking Scheme” website of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Choose your preferred route and plan a hike with friends and family members! (★=Easy | ★★=Moderate | ★★★=Demanding | ★★★★=Difficult | ★★★★★=Very Difficult)     *Please choose>>> Hong Kong Island North New Territories West New Territories Central New Territories Sai Kung Lantau Hong Kong Trail (Section 1) The Peak to Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road (Difficulty: ★★)The bird’s eye view of Victoria Harbour from Victoria Peak is unquestionably Hong Kong’s most iconic view.  Apart from the pavilion scene often featured on postcards, an even more sweeping vista is offered⋯⋯Read moreHong Kong Trail (Section 2) Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road to Peel Rise (Difficulty: ★★)The second leg of the Hong Kong Trail starts at Pok Fu Lam Reservoir, the first reservoir in Hong Kong, which was completed in 1863 and extended in 1877 to meet the needs of the residents on Hong Kong Island⋯⋯Read more Hong Kong Trail (Section 3) Peel Rise to Wan Chai Gap (Difficulty: ★★)Street names in Hong Kong provide a window into the history of our city.  One such example is Peel Rise, which was named after the 18th Governor of Hong Kong.  Section 3 of the Hong Kong Trail starts here and begins with a brief ascent⋯⋯Read moreHong Kong Trail (Section 4) Wan Chai Gap to Wong Nai Chung Gap (Difficulty: ★★)If there is a place to learn all about the flora and the history of Hong Kong, it has to be its countryside.  Section 4 of the Hong Kong Trail starts at Lady Clementi’s Ride, which was named after the wife of the 17th Governor of Hong Kong Sir Cecil Clementi⋯⋯Read moreHong Kong Trail (Section 6) Mount Parker Road to Tai Tam Road (Difficulty: ★★)Section 6 of the Hong Kong Trail starts at Quarry Gap at an elevation of over 300 metres.  The towering trees by the sides of Mount Parker Road form a canopy of leaves that spreads all the way to the road⋯⋯Read moreHong Kong Trail (Section 7) Tai Tam Road to To Tei Wan (Difficulty: ★★)Section 7 is one of the easiest sections of the entire Hong Kong Trail.  The beginning part of the trail is surrounded with trees, but further down the trail the vista is gradually less unobstructed.  Follow the Tai Tam East catchwater at the start point and you will be greeted with the delightful scenery of Tai Tam Bay and Red Hill Peninsula⋯⋯Read moreHong Pak Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★)Situated around Quarry Bay and Tai Koo Shing, Hong Pak Country Trail brings you not only green vistas of the surrounding mountain ranges and scenes of birds chirping and flowers blooming, but also interesting looking rocks scattering along the path⋯⋯Read morePeak Trail (High West Section) (Difficulty: ★★)Legend has it that early inhabitants of Hong Kong Island found a red incense burner that drifted ashore, believing that it was a gift from Tin Hau and the highest summit on the island ‘Lo Fung’⋯⋯Read morePeak Trail (Pinewood Battery Section) (Difficulty: ★★)Legend has it that early inhabitants of Hong Kong Island found a red incense burner that drifted ashore, believing that it was a gift from Tin Hau and the highest summit on the island ‘Lo Fung’⋯⋯Read morePottinger Peak Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★)If you are looking for a level route that can be accessed easily, there is no better place than Pottinger Peak Country Trail, the starting point of which is very close to the heart of Chai Wan.  Embarking at Ma Tong Au of Shek O, you will be greeted with broad views when you go past the catchment⋯⋯Read more Shek O - Siu Sai Wan (Difficulty: ★★★)Walk up Tai Tau Chau from Shek O Headland to watch the waves.  Cross the Lover’s Bridge and then return to Shek O Country Club and Golf Course.  Continue along the driveway leading to Big Wave Bay and pay a visit to the Ancient Rock Carving.  Then walk up Pottinger Peak and cross Cape Collinson Road on the way down to Siu Sai Wan Promenade⋯⋯Read more Jardine’s Lookout - Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir (Difficulty: ★★★)Follow Sir Cecil’s Ride until you arrive at Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park.  Then enter Tze Lo Lan Shan Path, which leads to Tsin Shui Wan Au, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay on the way.  Proceed to Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir via a meandering path and visit the century-old British style masonry bridges⋯⋯Read more Wan Chai Gap - Aberdeen Reservoirs (Difficulty: ★★★)The Southern District on Hong Kong Island offers splendid natural scenery, especially the areas in the vicinity of Aberdeen Upper and Lower Reservoirs.  Meandering between the two reservoirs is Lady Clementi’s Ride, which was an important military post during the Second World War.  Follow the catchwater and the footpath on the hillside, walk past the reservoirs and proceed to Reel Rise along the footpath⋯⋯Read more Wan Chai Gap - Jardine’s Lookout (Difficulty: ★★★)Start at Wan Chai Gap, walk along Middle Gap Road and then take the footpath at the end of the road to Middle Gap.  Head east along Black’s Link to Wong Nai Chung Gap.  Take Sir Cecil’s Ride, walk past Sir Cecil’s Garden and proceed to Mount Butler Road⋯⋯Read more Braemar Hill - Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir (Difficulty: ★★★)Start at Braemar Hill Road Playground and proceed to Sir Cecil’s Ride and Tai Fung Au via a footpath behind the stairs on the left side of St. Joan of Arc Secondary School. Then visit Tai Lam Reservoirs and enjoy the scenery along the way with a stopover at the century-old British style masonry arch bridge⋯⋯Read more Hong Kong Trail (Section 5) Wong Nai Chung Gap to Mount Parker Road (Difficulty: ★★★)Section 5 of the trail begins at Wong Nai Chung Reservoir.  The construction of the reservoir was one of the measures to improve water supply resources in the wake of the outbreak of plague in 1894. Completed in 1899, the reservoir was originally an ancillary water source to the Tai Tam Group of Reservoirs⋯⋯Read more Hong Kong Trail (Section 8) To Tei Wan to Tai Long Wan (Difficulty: ★★★)Hong Kong Island is surrounded by sea, so stretches of coastline come into full view when you gaze in the distance from high ground.  The last as well as the longest section of the Hong Kong Trail is popular among hikers as it spans Dragon’s Back, which was hailed by international magazines as Asia’s best urban hike⋯⋯Read more Tai Tam Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★★)Not only does Tai Tam Country Trail offer a getaway from the hustle and bustle, it is also a place to learn about the history of Hong Kong⋯⋯Read more Wilson Trail (Section 1) Stanley Gap Road to Wong Nai Chung Reservoir (Difficulty: ★★★)The uphill slopes on the Wilson Trail are too many to count, making it a trail to be reckoned with. Soon after the first section of the trail starts, hikers have to climb over a thousand stone steps to scale the South Twins, which is 386 metres above sea level, and the North Twins, which is 363 metres above sea level.⋯⋯Read more Wilson Trail (Section 2) Wong Nai Chung Reservoir to Lam Tin (Difficulty: ★★★)The hiking trail starts from Hong Kong Parkview and is next to Wong Nai Chung Reservoir, which was completed in 1899 and is one of the six reservoirs built before the war. You can then amble away from the serenity of the Southern District into the mountains of the Eastern District. We, when in Wan Chai and Causeway Bay, may not be aware that the city is surrounded by mountains⋯⋯Read more (Back to Top) Ping Chau Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★)Situated at the northeasternmost side of Hong Kong, Ping Chau is composed of sedimentary rocks.  The island generously showcases the ancient skeleton of the Earth in a way that it serves like a geological museum⋯⋯Read moreTai Po Kau Nature Trail (Difficulty: ★★)If you want to explore the rich biodiversity of forests, there is no better place than Tai Po Kau Nature Trail. Located inside Tai Po Kau Nature Reserve, the trail is a home to more than a hundred species of trees⋯⋯Read moreWu Kau Tang Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★)Feng Shui and numerology play an important part in Chinese culture.  Legend has it that Wu Kau Tang, initially named ‘Wu Kwai Tin’, which literally means ‘Tortoise Field’, was renamed so because of the negative connotation attached to tortoises; villagers in the New Territories replaced ‘Kwai’ with ‘Kau’, taking the auspicious meaning of the dragon and phoenix⋯⋯Read morePat Sin Leng Nature Trail (Difficulty: ★★)Pat Sin Leng, an important mountain range in North East New Territories, is a popular destination for hikers because of its history and scenery⋯⋯Read moreKat O Nature Trail (Difficulty: ★★)Kat O was formed as a result of violent volcanic eruptions. In the region there are also other spectacular geological landforms, like Monk Viewing the Sea, which was formed by weathering, and Kai Kung Tau⋯⋯Read moreHok Tau Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★)Offering a rare but pastoral scene with many farmhouses and farms that produce a type of local cabbages, Hok Tau is a great place for family weekend trips.  The entrance of Hok Tau Country Trail is an area of neatly arranged area of plantations⋯⋯Read more Wu Kau Tang - Wu Kau Tang (Difficulty: ★★★)Visit the villages in Wu Kau Tang in the northeastern part of the New Territories and get a good view of Tiu Tang Lung.  Walk down the ancient footpath of Lai Tau Shek to explore the magnificent scenery of Sam A Wan and Sam A Chung.  Taste some Hakka snacks at Sam A Tsuen, visit Miu Sam Stream and walk along the ancient stone path of Miu Sam before heading back to Wu Kau Tang⋯⋯Read more Fu Tei Au - Wo Keng Shan (Difficulty: ★★★)Start at Fu Tei Au, Sheung Shui and proceed to Wa Shan, which resembles the Great Wall.  Walk up to Tai Ling Stele and take a look at the stone tablet erected during the Daoguang reign of Qing Dynasty.  Get a view of San Wai/Tai Ling Firing Range from afar and continue along the ridge.  The trip ends when you arrive at a rock nicknamed “Ta Tung Tung Shek” in Wo Keng Shan⋯⋯Read more Hok Tau - Fung Yuen (Difficulty: ★★★)Follow Hok Tau Road and walk past Hok Tau Campsite to reach Hok Tau Reservoir.  Proceed to Cheung Uk via the ancient path and visit Sha Lo Tung Valley before walking downhill to Ting Kok Road through a vehicular access or via Fung Yuen.  The route covers ancient stone paths, hillside footpaths and vehicular access⋯⋯Read more Double Haven Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★★)Some people say the history of Hong Kong is all about migration; in particular, Hakka culture plays a major role in it.  Located on the northeastern shore of Plover Cove Country Park, Lai Chi Wo is home to a well-preserved Hakka walled village with a history of more than 400 years⋯⋯Read more Lau Shui Heung Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★★)Lau Shui Heung, a feast for the eyes and ears, certainly lives up to its name. The start point Lau Shui Heung Reservoir, which is called ‘the Mirror of the Sky in the Forest’ among hikers, is a fairyland – in the morning it is cloaked in mist⋯⋯Read more Nam Chung Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★★)Situated close to the north eastern border, Nam Chung does not have precipitous cliffs or turbulent streams. But what it does have among the abandoned fishponds and fields is the nostalgic scenery of rural Hong Kong, with natural landscape of mangroves, freshwater marshes⋯⋯Read more (Back to Top) MacLehose Trail (Section 9)Route Twisk to Tin Fu Tsai (Difficulty: ★★)There is an observation deck soon after the trail starts. To the south, Tsuen Wan and Stonecutters Bridge are in view, while to the north is Ho Pui Irrigation Reservoir, which is encircled by forests⋯⋯Read moreFu Tei Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★)For the many places whose historical side has been swallowed up by towering skyscrapers, names are all that is left.  One such example is Fu Tei, Tuen Mun, where, according to legend, tigers could be spotted.  The pity of it is that the truth of it will always remain a mystery⋯⋯Read more Kap Lung Ancient Trail Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★)With its name originating from Kap Lung Village, Kap Lung Ancient Trail is one of those old trails with a long history. Kap Lung Village, which is only home to 2 households currently, has a span of history of more than 2 centuries. Bridging Kap Lung and Tsuen Kam Au⋯⋯Read moreTai Tong Nature Trail (Difficulty: ★★)It would be no exaggeration to say that Tai Tong Sweet Gum Woods is where Hong Kong people’s craze for sweet gum trees started. In winter, the leaves of sweet gum trees turn red and can be seen in the nearby Tai Tong Nature Trail, which is not lined with sweet gum trees though⋯⋯Read more Tsuen Kam Au - Fu Yung Shan (Difficulty: ★★★)Walk along the Hiking Practice Trail in Tai Mo Shan before entering the Rotary Park Nature Trail.  Walk down the trail until you reach the watercress fields at Chuen Lung Village.  Then take the tranquil path in the south of Tai Mo Shan and visit the 4-faced Buddha statue at Chuk Lam Sim Yuen, Fu Yung Shan, before proceeding to Tsuen Wan⋯⋯Read more Ma On Kong - Tsing Lung Tau (Difficulty: ★★★)Tai Lam Country Park is a popular outing destination renowned for its beautiful forest plantation and the picturesque Tai Lam Reservoir.   Tai Lam Country Park has a well-developed network of footpaths with 12 named hiking routes, ranking first among country parks in Hong Kong in terms of the number of routes⋯⋯Read more Tai Tong - Ho Pui (Difficulty: ★★★)Visit the sweet gum woods in Tai Tong and stroll along the tree-lined path, which gives you a feeling of walking in a European-style garden. In winter, the woods become a popular attraction in Hong Kong when the leaves of the sweet gum trees turn red. Visit Kat Hing Bridge, take the forest track and the footpath on the right leading to Ho Pui Reservoir⋯⋯Read more Lung Mun Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★★)Every hike at Lung Mun Country Trail starts with "eating", as Yum Cha in the morning in Chuen Lung has been seen as "the launching ceremony" here.  Situated around the mid slope of Tai Mo Shan, this Hakka village⋯⋯Read more Tai Lam Chung Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★★)To enjoy the scenic beauty of Yuen Long, the best way is to walk in the mountains.  Tai Lam Chung Country Trail begins at Ma On Kong Warden Post, which is in close vicinity of Tai Lam Tunnel⋯⋯Read more Tai Lam Nature Trail (Difficulty: ★★★)Having the longest span among all other nature trails in country parks in Hong Kong and featuring many undulating sections, Tai Lam Nature Trail is only suitable for the fit and experienced⋯⋯Read more Yuen Tun Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★★)The Hakka form an integral part of indigenous residents of Hong Kong.  Nowadays, if you like to have a taste of the culture, Yuen Tun Country Trail is definitely the right place for you⋯⋯Read more (Back to Top) Ma On Shan Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★)With rich deposits of magnetite and haematite in the granite of Ma On Shan, mining activities were recorded between 1906 and 1976 and ores can still be found with a magnet today⋯⋯Read more MacLehose Trail (Section 6) Tai Po Road to Shing Mun (Difficulty: ★★)The sixth section is the shortest and easiest section of the MacLehose Trail.  It is, therefore, quite popular among novice hikers. Leaving from Tai Po Road for Shing Mun Reservoir via Kowloon Reservoir⋯⋯Read more Wilson Trail (Section 5) Sha Tin Pass to Tai Po Road (Difficulty: ★★)If you are a rookie hiker or looking for a family-friendly hike, this section, which enjoys views of much of Sha Tin, Tai Wai, Tolo Harbour, and as far as Ma On Shan, has you covered⋯⋯Read moreWilson Trail (Section 6) Tai Po Road to Shing Mun Reservoir (Difficulty: ★★)Traversing Kowloon Reservoir and Shing Mun Reservoir, Section 6 of the Wilson Trail offers a stunning spectacle not to be missed, with azure blue water and luxuriant trees complementing each other⋯⋯Read more Shing Mun Reservoir - Pai Tau Village (Difficulty: ★★★)Shing Mun Country Park, located south east of Tai Mo Shan, is full of intersecting footpaths and lyrical scenery.  The Shing Mun Reservoir lying amid lush hills, reservoir walks, Tai Shing Stream, woodlands of paperbark trees and the arboretum are the major attractions.  Walk along the woodland paths around the reservoir and head for Sha Tin via To Fung Shan after crossing the pass between Grassy and Needle Hills⋯⋯Read more Ma On Shan - Ngong Ping - Tai Shui Hang (Difficulty: ★★★)Start at Ma On Shan Country Park Management Centre and walk along the Ma On Shan Country Trail to the viewing platform at Ngong Ping Campsite.  Then, walk downhill via Mau Ping to Chevalier Garden.  This route comprises an uphill section and a downhill section with easy footpaths and vehicular access⋯⋯Read more Wong Nai Tau - Pak Sha Wan (Difficulty: ★★★)Start at Wong Nai Tau, Sha Tin, walk slowly up Shek Nga Pui, and take the path around West Buffalo Hill and Buffalo Hill.  Then cross Buffalo Pass (Ta She Yau Au) to reach Pak Sha Wan.  The route is slightly rugged with uphill and downhill sections⋯⋯Read more Tai Mei Tuk - Luk Keng (Difficulty: ★★★)Walk to Spring Breeze Pavilion from the Plover Cove Country Park Tai Mei Tuk Management Centre under Monkey Cliff and Hsien Ku Fung.  Carry on along the Pat Sin Leng Nature Trail and enjoy the views of Plover Cove Reservoir from afar.  Pass through Wang Shan Keuk Ha Tsuen and Sheung Tsuen to reach the rolling hillside⋯⋯Read more Wong Nai Tau - Pak Kong (Difficulty: ★★★)Start at Wong Nai Tau, Sha Tin, pass Nui Po Au and follow the ancient path to Mui Tsz Lam Village.  Continue along the ancient stone-paved footpath to Mau Ping. The pavilion at the lush lawn is the former site of a village school.  Walk down the ancient path leading to Pak Kong, Sai Kung to end the trip⋯⋯Read more Tsung Tsai Yuen - Wun Yiu (Difficulty: ★★★)Start at Tsung Tsai Yuen and walk past the Tai Po Kau Nature Reserve to Lead Mine Pass.  Continue along the tranquil downhill path to Wun Yiu and visit the historical Fan Sin Temple.  The route is quite long and comprises mainly restricted  access⋯⋯Read more Shui Chuen O - Monkey Hill (Difficulty: ★★★)Take the path between Girl Guides Association Pok Hong Campsite and Shui Chuen O Estate, Sha Tin to Sha Tin Pass.  Continue along Unicorn Ridge and the path on the north side of the Lion Rock.  Proceed to Kowloon Pass and Beacon Hill before arriving at Tai Po Road via the Eagle’s Nest Nature Trail⋯⋯Read more Monkey Hill - Shing Mun Reservoir (Difficulty: ★★★)Start at Kowloon Reservoir and walk northward along Golden Hill Road.  Follow the sign and continue along Section 6 of the MacLehose Trail. Climb the steps on the right and enter a gentle uphill footpath, which offers close-up views of the buildings at the bottom of the slope and distant views of Tai Mo Shan and the neighbouring ridges⋯⋯Read more Kong Ha Au - Luk Keng (Difficulty: ★★★)Start at Kong Ha Au on Bride’s Pool Road, proceed to A Ma Wat and take a look at the stele in Fan Shui Au.  Walk downhill along an ancient path to get a view of the old banyan tree at Kuk Po.  Walk toward Luk Keng via Kai Kuk Shue Ha and enjoy the coastal scenery on the way⋯⋯Read more MacLehose Trail (Section 5) Tate's Cairn to Tai Po Road (Difficulty: ★★★)The MacLehose Trail spreads over many mountains, with its fifth section being the closest to the urban ares and a relatively easier section. You might come across a lot of relics of World War II, such as grounds holes and trenches⋯⋯Read more MacLehose Trail (Section 7) Shing Mun to Lead Mine Pass (Difficulty: ★★★)Shing Mun Reservoir was built in 1937. Its main dam, steel bridge, valve tower and bellmouth overflow have been graded as Grade I historic buildings, making the reservoir one of the most popular hiking spots among Hong Kong people⋯⋯Read more War Relics Trail (Lion Rock and Ma On Shan) (Difficulty: ★★★)Some 80 years ago, Hong Kong witnessed the Battle of Hong Kong. In the 1930s, before the outbreak of the Second World War, the British military authorities constructed a defence line known as ‘the Gin Drinker’s Line’ along with such military installations⋯⋯Read more Wilson Trail (Section 4) Tseng Lan Shue to Sha Tin Pass (Difficulty: ★★★)Victoria Peak is known as one of the best spots to enjoy the Hong Kong cityscape at night. However, not many people know Section 4 of the Wilson Trail offers comparable views, as you can watch the sun bid the city good evening and illuminate the entire Kowloon East from Tung Shan Pavilion⋯⋯Read more Wilson Trail (Section 7) Shing Mun Reservoir to Yuen Tun Ha (Difficulty: ★★★)Boasting majestic mountain scenery paired with magnificent reservoir views while being safe from the threat of tidal waves, reservoirs in Hong Kong have always been ideal for locals who want a weekend getaway⋯⋯Read more (Back to Top) Cheung Sheung Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★)Cheung Sheung, surrounded by steep spurs, is one of those rare marshes situated on a plateau.  The word ‘Cheung’ and the uniquely magnificent views stem from the surrounding layers of mountains⋯⋯Read moreHigh Island Geo Trail (Difficulty: ★★)Geological wonders are not necessarily situated on remote outlying islands. Some world-class landforms lie at the High Island Reservoir east dam, which is just a 40-minute drive from Sai Kung town centre⋯⋯Read moreLung Ha Wan Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★)Lung Ha Wan Country Trail is well equipped with recreational facilities such as a barbecue site and a refreshment kiosk at the start point Tai Hang Tun Park as well as a kite-flying site not far from the entrance.  With a lot to offer, the route is easy to plan and very suitable for citizens with a hectic urban life and hiking beginners⋯⋯Read moreSheung Yiu Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★)Merging with Pak Tam Chung Nature Trail, Sheung Yiu Country Trail has its starting point situated near Sheung Yiu Folk Museum, which is reconstructed from a 100-year-old Hakka village, and a lime kiln, which was the site for producing lime from coral skeletons.  Through visiting the museum and lime kiln, hikers will get a glimpse of the life of indigenous residents of Sai Kung⋯⋯Read moreTai Tan Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★)Hong Kong, surrounded by water on three sides, possesses clear and beautiful coastlines.  Offering unique and varying vistas of the coasts in Sai Kung, the rocky Tai Tan Country Trail consists of shady hiking trail, footpaths near streams, and gravel paths⋯⋯Read more Shui Long Wo – Pak Tam Chung (Difficulty: ★★★)Starting from Shui Long Wo, the walk takes you along the coast and catchwater before continuing to Yung Shue O, giving you unparalleled vistas of Three Fathoms Cove (Kei Ling Ha Hoi). Then walk up to Pak Tam along the path via Yung Pak Corridor and pass through the farmland and villages of the Christian New Being Fellowship before ending the walk at Pak Tam Chung⋯⋯Read more Pak Tam Chung - Tai Mong Tsai (Difficulty: ★★★)Walk along Pak Tam Chung Family Walk and proceed to Pak Tam.  Continue along Yung Pak Corridor before entering Section 3 of the MacLehose Trail.  Then head for Tai Mong Tsai via Lui Ta Shek and Shek Hang.  This tranquil route is well-shaded by trees with sound of chirping birds and buzzing insects along the way.   You can enjoy a close-up view of Kai Kung Shan and Lui Ta Shek after passing through the forest, and a panoramic view of Plover Cove Reservoir and Pat Sin Leng is visible from a distance⋯⋯Read more Tai Au Mun - Tai Hang Tun (Difficulty: ★★★)Walk toward Cham Shan Monastery along Lung Ha Wan Road and visit the ancient rock carving at Lung Ha Wan.  Ascend Tai Leng Tung (291 m) to get a bird’s eye view of “East Sea” (i.e. Sai Kung Hoi).  Then walk down to the popular outing spot in Tai Hang Tun and watch the colourful kites flying in the sky⋯⋯Read more Tai Au Mun - Tai Miu Au (Difficulty: ★★★)Walk slowly up High Junk Peak from Tai Au Mun and proceed to Tin Ha Shan (273 m).  Get a good view of Tai Miu Wan (Fat Tong Mun) and the ancient landscape of Tung Lung Chau.  Visit the Tin Hau Temple (Tai Miu) and rock carving at Tai Miu Wan⋯⋯Read more High Junk Peak Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★★)Soaring at an altitude of 344 metres with pointed edges, High Junk Peak, the highest summit in Clearwater Bay Peninsula, is crowned the title of one of the three steepest climbs in Sai Kung along with Sharp Peak and Tai Yue Ngam Teng in Sai Kung East Country Park⋯⋯Read more Luk Wu Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★★)It is not uncommon to think of trails near the water during summer. Along Luk Wu Country Trail, hiking enthusiasts can enjoy extensive views of High Island Reservoir on the south and Tai Long Wan on the east. Also, they can have the chance to walk past Sheung Luk Stream, which is hailed as one of the nine famous streams locally, and receive a cool break for their eyes⋯⋯Read more MacLehose Trail (Section 1)Pak Tam Chung to Long Ke (Difficulty: ★★★)Many people are envious of the beaches overseas, which are as crystal-clear as glass. Sai Kung, in fact, also has a glassy reservoir awaiting your visit. The section between Pak Tam Chung and Long Ke, albeit quite long, has a gentle slope and is therefore a somewhat comfortable start to a hike⋯⋯Read more Pak Tam Chung to Biu Tsim Kok Hiking Trail (Difficulty: ★★★)The section between Pak Tam Chung and the East Dam at High Island Reservoir, albeit quite long, has a gentle slope and is therefore a somewhat comfortable start to a hike. Commanding the best view in this section is unequivocally the clear and blue High Island Reservoir⋯⋯Read more Wilson Trail (Section 3) Lam Tin to Tseng Lan Shue (Difficulty: ★★★)The Wilson Trail spans Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories, with the second section and the third being separated by Victoria Harbour. As the start point of Kowloon sections, the third section guides you through several war relics⋯⋯Read more (Back to Top) Lantau Trail (Section 4) Ngong Ping to Sham Wat Road (Difficulty: ★★)Section 4 begins at Ngong Ping, where the Wisdom Path, a landscaped installation of 38 massive wooden pillars arranged in the pattern of the infinity symbol, is seen not far away.  The wooden pillars, inscribed with the original calligraphy by the world-renowned sinologist Professor Jao Tsung-I featuring the Heart Sutra⋯⋯Read moreLantau Trail (Section 6) Man Cheung Po to Tai O (Difficulty: ★★)Hailed as the Venice of Hong Kong, Tai O is a fishing port situated at the Pearl River Estuary.  According to the inscriptions in Kwan Tai Temple, many years ago there used to be three types of fishing vessels⋯⋯Read moreLantau Trail (Section 8) Kau Ling Chung to Shek Pik (Difficulty: ★★)The picturesque Kau Ling Chung Campsite marks the start point of this section.  Kau Ling Chung features a viewing point up on a hilltop at the east overlooking the most southwesterly waters of Hong Kong and the century-old South Lantau Obelisk⋯⋯Read moreLantau Trail (Section 9) Shek Pik to Shui Hau (Difficulty: ★★)The local countryside is defined by a mixture of half artificially built and the other half naturally formed reservoirs. As the main source of fresh water supply, they can be found along many footpaths. Section 9 starts at the dam of Shek Pik Reservoir⋯⋯Read moreLantau Trail (Section 10) Shui Hau to Old Tung Chung Road (Difficulty: ★★)If you are like any city dwellers who always want a weekend getaway from the concrete jungle, then Section Ten is the place. A number of bays can be seen, this section, full of holiday-makers at weekends⋯⋯Read moreLantau Trail (Section 11) Old Tung Chung Road to Pui O (Difficulty: ★★)As the easiest section of the Lantau Trail, Section 11 begins at a vehicular road that leads to the shaded footpath. Beyond the shaded path is a wide view of the bay⋯⋯Read moreLo Fu Tau Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★)‘Get rid of fleas on a tiger’s head’ is a Cantonese proverb that means provoking somebody cruel or powerful.  Hikers that opt for Lo Fu Tau Country Trail totally take the bull by the horns despite challenges of getting to the top of the mountain⋯⋯Read moreNei Lak Shan Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★)Nei Lak Shan Country Trail, a level circular path, starts at the entrance of Dong Shan Fa Mun.  In contrast with the breathtaking Lantau Peak, the is like a flat path surrounding the tummy of Maitreya Buddha⋯⋯Read more Tung Chung - Tai O (Difficulty: ★★★)Start at MTR Tung Chung Station, take the concrete path along Tung Chung Bay and head toward Hau Wong Temple to get a distant view of the Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok.  Pass through Sha Lo Wan San Tsuen and Sham Shek Tsuen to reach Sham Wat, where you can enjoy the picturesque vista of Sham Wat Wan.  Continue along the path to find the North Lantau Stone Obelisk and proceed to Po Chue Tam.  The sight of Yeung Hau Temple marks your arrival at Tai O⋯⋯Read more Keung Shan Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★★)Keung Shan Country Trail starts at Kau Ling Chung Catchwater and goes down south at Fan Shui Au .  The entire footpath, paved with mountain rocks, is full of natural characteristics⋯⋯Read more Lantau Trail (Section 5) Sham Wat Road to Man Cheung Po (Difficulty: ★★★)Start your hike at the trail behind the pavilion at the junction of Sham Wat Road and Keung Shan Road.  Follow the signs and pay a visit to ‘Knee-cap Peak’ (Kwun Yam Shan), whose outline resembles the shape of a knee for a sweeping panoramic view of the Shek Pik Reservoir⋯⋯Read more Lantau Trail (Section 7) Tai O to Kau Ling Chung (Difficulty: ★★★)The longest of all of the Lantau Trail, this section begins at Nam Chung Village after leading out of the mountains of the Lantau Country Parks.  As it passes through the most southwesterly waters of Hong Kong, it marks the start of the second half of the Lantau Trail⋯⋯Read more Lantau Trail (Section 12) Pui O to Mui Wo (Difficulty: ★★★)The end of the trip to the seaside from Section 7 to Section 11 marks the beginning of the last leg of the Lantau Trail.  It takes you through the jungle and up the mountain to admire the beauty of the bay of Lantau Island from another angle⋯⋯Read more Shek Pik Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★★)The country trail begins at Wisdom Path, Ngong Ping, a landscaped installation of 38 massive wooden pillars inscribed with world-renowned sinologist Professor Jao Tsung-I’s Heart Sutra⋯⋯Read more South Lantau Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★★)South Lantau Country Trail begins in Nam Shan and its hillside commands the full vista of the south part of Lantau Island.  The well-shaded and scenic path is a popular destination in summer⋯⋯Read more Wong Lung Hang Country Trail (Difficulty: ★★★)To embark on the journey, hikers set off in Tung Chung and pass through Chek Lap Kok New Village.  The village and Tin Hau Temple, which was built in the third year of Daoguang in the Qing Dynasty (i.e. AD 1822), were relocated to the current location following the construction work of the Hong Kong International Airport in Chek Lap Kok.  The statues, doors, and incense burners, made of granite⋯⋯Read more (Back to Top) (The information are provided by Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and Leisure and Cultural Services Department)

[Starters] Hiking Routes Recommendations (Difficulty: 1 star★)

It’s time for a hike as autumn approaches! For elementary level hikers, you may visit the “1-star” hiking routes recommended by the dedicated website “Enjoy Hiking” of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and “easy” routes recommended by the “Hiking Scheme” website of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Choose your preferred route and plan a hike with friends and family members! (★=Easy | ★★=Moderate | ★★★=Demanding | ★★★★=Difficult | ★★★★★=Very Difficult)     *Please choose>>> Hong Kong Island North New Territories West New Territories Central New Territories Sai Kung Lantau Aberdeen Nature Trail (Difficulty: ★)The first leg of Aberdeen Nature Trail skirts along Lower Aberdeen Reservoir on a level path. Once privately owned by a papermill, the reservoir was surrendered to the government⋯⋯Read moreAberdeen Tree Walk (Difficulty: ★)Aberdeen Tree Walk lies near the urban area and takes about 10 minutes' walk from Aberdeen's downtown area. To nearby residents, the green haven is a cherished “Backyard Garden of Hong Kong Island⋯⋯Read more Pinewood Battery Heritage Trail (Difficulty: ★)Located inside Lung Fu Shan Country Park, the Pinewood Battery Heritage Trail features some batteries that have been standing for as many as a hundred years within a span of 400 metres⋯⋯Read morePok Fu Lam Family Walk (Difficulty: ★)How far is the countryside from the city? In the case of Pok Fu Lam Family Walk, the only family walk on Hong Kong Island, it is only a 5-minute walk away. Although undulating⋯⋯Read morePok Fu Lam Tree Walk (Difficulty: ★)Pok Fu Lam Tree Walk is the first Hong Kong tree walk featuring native plant species. This route winds along Lugard Road by the Peak Galleria. While admiring the beauty of nature⋯⋯Read moreQuarry Bay Tree Walk (Difficulty: ★)Quarry Bay Tree Walk is a comfortable and peaceful route, connecting Mount Parker Road and Kornhill Garden. It also overlaps with Stage 2 of Wilson Trail and part of the Eastern Na⋯⋯Read more Wong Nai Chung Tree Walk (Difficulty: ★)Wong Nai Chung Tree Walk is in essence the sections of Sir Cecil’s Ride between Wong Nai Chung Gap Road and Mount Butler. The Tree Walk is 2.2km in length, flat and smooth, and it takes about one hour to complete⋯⋯Read more Tai Tam Family Walk (Difficulty: ★)Hiking trails in Hong Kong are oases of serenity in the urban jungle. Among them is Tai Tam Family Walk, one of the best places to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The family walk is easily accessible by public transport⋯⋯Read moreTai Tam Tree Walk (Difficulty: ★)Tai Tam Tree Walk, about 70m in length, is the shortest tree walk in Hong Kong’s country parks. With 12 information plates installed along the Tree Walk introducing trees including⋯⋯Read more Pok Fu Lam Reservoir - Hong Kong University (Difficulty: ★)Start at Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road and walk along the Peak Trail in a reverse direction.  Enter Lugard Road at the Peak to take in the spectacular views of Victoria Harbour on the path skirting around the Peak⋯⋯Read more (Back to Top) Ap Chau Geosite (Difficulty: ★)Located to the east of Sha Tau Kok, Ap Chau, which literally means ‘duck island’, got its name because it looks like a duck on water. Composed of red breccia, which is rare in Hong Kong⋯⋯Read moreBride's Pool Nature Trail (Difficulty: ★)Located at the northwestern corner of Plover Cove Country Park, Bride’s Pool Nature Trail meanders along the valley and skirts along cascades. The trail is easy to walk⋯⋯Read more Chung Pui Tree Walk (Difficulty: ★)Chung Pui Tree Walk is a circular route 0.25km in length, spanning along Brides’ Pool Road. Fourteen species of trees are introduced along the Tree Walk⋯⋯Read more Fung Hang Family Walk (Difficulty: ★)Visitors are a rarity in many border regions, but it is these areas that provide a habitat for a wealth of wildlife. The same is true of Hong Kong. During spring and summer, Sha Tau Kok Hoi, in which the famous egretry in A Chau is situated⋯⋯Read more Hok Tau Reservoir Family Walk (Difficulty: ★)Located inside Pat Sin Leng Country Park, Hok Tau Reservoir was once an area of streams and marshes with abundant water supply. Therefore an irrigation reservoir was built there in 1968⋯⋯Read more Lai Chi Wo Nature Trail (Difficulty: ★)Located in the Double Haven Geo-Area, Lai Chi Wo Nature Trail passes through an old Hakka village. It is the best place to get close to wildlife in Lai Chi Wo, and explore Hakka culture and history⋯⋯Read more Tai Mei Tuk Family Walk (Difficulty: ★)Tai Mei Tuk is located on a promontory of Plover Cove, which is encircled on three sides by mountains. In the 1960s the then Director of Water Supplies Department T.O. Morgan proposed linking Pak Sha Tau and Tai Mei Tuk with a 2-kilometre dam to cut off the cove from the sea⋯⋯Read more Ma Shi Chau Nature Trail (Difficulty: ★)Ma Shi Chau Nature Trail is located in the Ma Shi Chau Special Area, which is fairly close to Yim Tin Tsai. Formed as a result of deposition of fine particles that gradually turn into sandspits, a tombolo emerges⋯⋯Read more Lok Ma Chau - Ho Sheung Heung (Difficulty: ★)Start at Lok Ma Chau Path and proceed to Lok Ma Chau Garden.  There is a viewing platform in the garden, where you can overlook the vast area of fish ponds near Shenzhen River.  Then take the concrete path leading to the villages which have been excluded from the closed area since 2013⋯⋯Read more (Back to Top) Chuen Lung Family Walk (Difficulty: ★)Situated on a hill in Tsuen Wan, Chuen Lung is an ancient Hakka village, as well as a resting place for hikers to enjoy Dim Sum⋯⋯Read more Ho Pui Reservoir Family Walk (Difficulty: ★)Located inside Tai Lam Country Park, Ho Pui Reservoir is an irrigation reservoir in Pat Heung, Yuen Long that feeds the fields in northwest New Territories. Compared to other large reservoirs, Ho Pui Reservoir bears a closer resemblance to a small lake in the woods⋯⋯Read more Rotary Park Nature Trail (Difficulty: ★)The Rotary Park Nature Trail is the perfect place for children to get close to nature. With barbecue sites at the start point, the trail is easily accessible and suitable for families⋯⋯Read more Tai Tong Tree Walk (Difficulty: ★)Adjacent to Tai Tong BBQ Site No.1 in Tai Lam Country Park, Tai Tong Tree Walk is only 650m in length with 9 information plates erected⋯⋯Read more Twisk Nature Trail (Difficulty: ★)If you look at photos taken in the 19th century, you will discover that mountains in Hong Kong were not covered in the lush green vegetation we see today. In fact, the government started large scale afforestation work only after the Second World War⋯⋯Read more Tai Mo Shan Family Walk (Difficulty: ★)Located inside Rotary Park, Tai Mo Shan Family Walk is a circular walk that skirts along a forest. The stone-paved path is easy and short, taking no more than half an hour to finish⋯⋯Read more Tuen Mun-Lam Tei Reservoir - Miu Fat Buddhist Monastery (Difficulty: ★)Start at Wah Fat Playground, climb up the stone steps and continue along Tuen Mun Fitness Trail (Section 10 of the MacLehose Trail).  Then make a turn to Tuen Mun Trail. Proceed to Lam Tei Reservoir via Fu Tei.  This gentle half earth half concrete path offers an open view⋯⋯Read more (Back to Top) Eagle's Nest Nature Trail (Difficulty: ★)Eagle’s Nest, also known as Tsim Shan, is located inside Lion Rock Country Park and is near Shek Lei Pui Reservoir. On Eagle’s Nest, black kites, raptors commonly seen⋯⋯Read more Hung Mui Kuk Nature Trail (Difficulty: ★)Between spring and summer, visitors to Hung Mui Kuk are bound to fall into a fanciful reverie when strawberry trees scatter all over the mountain and the valley. This is how Hung Mui Kuk got its name⋯⋯Read moreKam Shan Family Walk (Difficulty: ★)Monkeys in Hong Kong do not live in Water Curtain Cave as depicted in fairy tales; most of them are found in Kam Shan, or commonly known as Monkey Hill. Starting at Kowloon Reservoir and Shek Lei Pui Reservoir, Kam Shan Family Walk is⋯⋯ Read moreKam Shan Tree Walk (Difficulty: ★)Kam Shan Tree Walk is located in Kam Shan Country Park, with the entrance set at Kowloon Reservoir. The Tree Walk links to Stage 6 of MacLehose Trail at Golden Hill Road. The adjoining Kowloon Byewash Reservoir greets visitors with a beautiful scenery⋯⋯Read more Ma On Shan Family Walk (Difficulty: ★)Ma On Shan Family Walk is located on the hillside of Ma On Shan, Hong Kong’s fourth tallest peak at an elevation of 702 metres. The family walk starts and ends inside large barbecue sites, making it an ideal place to have a barbecue, relax and exercise⋯⋯Read moreNai Chung Tree Walk (Difficulty: ★)Nai Chung Tree Walk is located in the Nai Chung Barbecue Site of Ma On Shan Country Park. Despite a length of only 270m, the Tree Walk enables people to learn more about trees while strolling along it⋯⋯Read more Pineapple Dam Nature Trail (Difficulty: ★)Hong Kong’s iconic delicacy pineapple bun contains no pineapples, but Pineapple Dam Nature Trail definitely has an intimate relationship with pineapples⋯⋯Read more War Relics Trail (Shing Mun) (Difficulty: ★)Many military relics of the Second World War in Hong Kong have survived into the present. The 250-metre war relics trail located on the slope of Smuggler’s Ridge of Shing Mun and Kam Shan Country Parks⋯⋯Read more (Back to Top) Clear Water Bay Tree Walk (Difficulty: ★)Clear Water Bay Tree Walk is cutting across dense woodlands in the mid slopes of Tai Hang Tun in Clear Water Bay Country Park. There is a viewing platform and a visitor centre at the start of the Tree Walk. Looking southeast from the platform, you will see the magnificent scene of waves patting Tsing Chau and Nine Pin Group⋯⋯Read moreKei Ling Ha Tree Walk (Difficulty: ★)Kei Ling Ha Tree Walk is located in Ma On Shan Country Park and starts at Shui Long Wo, Sai Sha Road. This tree walk is 0.65km in length⋯⋯Read moreLai Chi Chong Geosite (Difficulty: ★)Roaming the countryside has become an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city for many city-dwellers. Lai Chi Chong, located on the southeastern shore of Tolo Channel, is an arcadia popular among hikers⋯⋯Read morePak Tam Chung Family Walk (Difficulty: ★)Located at the entrance of Sai Kung Country Park, Pak Tam Chung easily evokes the childhood memories of many Hong Kong people, as it is a popular site for school picnics in spring and autumn⋯⋯Read morePak Tam Chung Nature Trail (Difficulty: ★)Pak Tam Chung Nature Trail is built along the river, offering the scenery of fresh and sea water converging to create unique habitats. At low tide, fiddler crabs and mudskippers appear on the muddy surface of mangroves⋯⋯Read morePak Tam Chung Tree Walk (Difficulty: ★)Located in Sai Kung West Country Park, Pak Tam Chung Tree Walk is 580m in length and a part of it overlaps Pak Tam Chung Hiking Practice Trail⋯⋯Read morePak Tam Country Trail (Difficulty: ★)Started as an ancient village path connecting Pak Tam Au and Pak Tam Chung in the past, Pak Tam Country Trail is an easy route with muddy paths and stone trails through weeds, exuding a sense of antique elegance⋯⋯Read moreSharp Island Geo Trail (Difficulty: ★)Located in Port Shelter, Sai Kung, Sharp Island is connected with a small island called Kiu Tau by a tombolo, which is accessible when the tide is low. Remember to check tidal information before crossing the tombolo⋯⋯Read moreSheung Yiu Family Walk (Difficulty: ★)Sheung Yiu Family Walk is an attractive place where everything is packed into one – here visitors can have a barbecue, go on a hike, and learn about natural habitats and Hong Kong folklore⋯⋯Read moreTai Tan Tree Walk (Difficulty: ★)Tai Tan Tree Walk is a circular route with a length of 230m. It starts from Pak Tam Road and is adjacent to Wong Shek Tree Walk. The Tree Walk encircles a barbecue site and an outing site, with a campsite nearby⋯⋯Read more Tsiu Hang Nature Trail (Difficulty: ★)Located inside the AFCD Lions Nature Education Centre, Tsiu Hang Nature Trail is an easy walk. You will be fascinated by the natural habitats comprising mosses, fungi (e.g. mushrooms), and the decomposing logs by the roadside⋯⋯Read moreWong Shek Family Walk (Difficulty: ★)Hailed as the ‘backyard of Hong Kong’, Sai Kung is a place of scenic beauty that can be fully appreciated along Wong Shek Family Walk. Located next to Wong Shek Pier, the family walk is gently undulating with long benches along the way and thus not physically demanding at all⋯⋯Read more Wong Shek Tree Walk (Difficulty: ★)Wong Shek Tree Walk is located in Sai Kung East Country Park, with a full length of 410m. It joins Wong Shek Family Walk and Pak Tam Road and is adjacent to Tai Tan Tree Walk⋯⋯Read more (Back to Top) Tei Tong Tsai Country Trail (Difficulty: ★)Has the question of the location of the lesser-known Po Lam Monastery ever come to your lips? Po Lam Monastery, situated at the ending point of Tei Tong Tsai Country Trail, is not accessible by vehicles.  Visitors can only get a view of the hidden and tranquil monastery after completing the trail on foot⋯⋯Read more Fan Lau Country Trail (Difficulty: ★)The multicultural facet of Hong Kong could be manifested in Fan Lau Country Trail. Situated in the southernmost area of Lantau Island, Fan Lau Country Trail exhibits a blend of historical characteristics⋯⋯Read more Lantau Trail (Section 1) Mui Wo to Nam Shan (Difficulty: ★)The first leg of the Lantau Trail runs parallel to South Lantau Road.  Along the way, the footpath overlooks several villages, namely Luk Tei Tong Village, Tai Tei Tong, Pak Ngan Heung, Mui Wo Kau Tsuen, and Chung Hau⋯⋯Read more Nam Shan Tree Walk (Difficulty: ★)Nam Shan Tree Walk is 440m in length, passing through the Section 2 of Lantau Trail, with one end joining South Lantau Road. Nam Shan Tree Walk is a wooded path⋯⋯Read moreNgong Ping Tree Walk (Difficulty: ★)Ngong Ping Plateau is humid and foggy all year round. Its fertile soil nourishes a great variety of wild plants. There are 15 information plates installed along Ngong Ping Tree Walk to showcase native plants⋯⋯Read more Shek Mun Kap - Ngong Ping (Difficulty: ★)Start at Shek Mun Kap and walk up to Ngong Ping via Tei Tong Tsai.  This section comprises mainly uphill paths and steps.  There are a number of old temples along the way.  After going through Dongshan Famen, you may visit Wisdom Path, Po Lin Monastery, Tian Tan Buddha Statue and Ngong Ping Village⋯⋯Read more (Back to Top) (The information are provided by Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and Leisure and Cultural Services Department)

[Tips from Water Save Dave] Treasure our water while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the countryside

Can you feel the cool autumn breeze? It is the season for hiking and picnic! Known for the scenic environments, the impounding reservoirs and Water Gathering Grounds (WGGs) in Hong Kong have become popular spots for countryside lovers.  While enjoying the scenic views and environments, are you also protecting our precious water resources? Tips from Water Save Dave Some tips on visiting reservoirs and WGGs are given by Water Save Dave of the Water Supplies Department (WSD) in the below videos: Want to know more about the water resources in Hong Kong? Apart from watching videos online, you can also learn the historical background and significance of various waterworks facilities by joining the "Excursion with Water Save Dave" Visiting Programme organised by WSD. The H2OPE Centre is also a place worth visiting. Through the interactive exhibits in this public education centre, visitors can gain a thorough understanding of various issues related to water resources in Hong Kong. Please refer to WSD's related websites for more information.

Ten spectacular scenic spots on the Wilson Trail

The Wilson Trail is built for experienced hikers. The trail, which is about 78 km long, crosses the territory from Stanley in the south to Nam Chung in the north.  It is divided into 10 sections, each has its unique natural beauty awaiting to be discovered. How many of the 10 scenic spots below could you recognise?   [ Scenic Spot 1: Ma Kong Shan View Compass ]Photo Spot: 376 metres in elevation on Ma Kong Shan (The Twins)Section passed by: Wilson Trail (Section 1) Stanley Gap Road to Wong Nai Chung Reservoir (Length: 4.8km | Duration: 3 hrs | Region: HK Island | Difficulty: ★★★ | Shading Level: Low) [ Scenic Spot 2: Overlooking Kowloon East ]Photo Spot: 354 metres in elevation on Siu Ma ShanSection passed by: Wilson Trail (Section 2)Wong Nai Chung Reservoir to Lam Tin (Length: 6.6km | Duration: 2.5 hrs | Region: HK Island | Difficulty: ★★★ | Shading Level: Medium) [ Scenic Spot 3: Overlooking Tung Lung Chau ] Photo Spot: 180 metres in elevation on Devil's PeakSection passed by: Wilson Trail (Section 3) Lam Tin to Tseng Lan Shue (Length: 9.3km | Duration: 4hrs | Region: Sai Kung | Difficulty: ★★★ | Shading Level: Low) [ Scenic Spot 4: Overlooking Kowloon Peninsula ]Photo Spot: Jat's Incline Parking ViewpointSection passed by: Wilson Trail (Section 4) Tseng Lan Shue to Sha Tin Pass (Length: 8km | Duration: 3hrs | Region: Central New Territories | Difficulty: ★★★ | Shading Level: Low) [ Scenic Spot 5: Entrance of Catchwater ]Photo Spot: Tai Po Road near the Kowloon ReservoirSection passed by: Wilson Trail (Section 5) Sha Tin Pass to Tai Po Road (Length: 7.4km | Duration: 2.5hrs | Region: Central New Territories | Difficulty: ★★ | Shading Level: Medium) [ Scenic Spot 6: Artificial Waterfall under Shing Mun Reservoir Main Dam ]Photo Spot: Near the Shing Mun Reservoir Main Dam (*The waterfall as shown in the photo could only be seen after heavy rainfall in summer)Section passed by: Wilson Trail (Section 6) Tai Po Road to Shing Mun Reservoir (Length: 5.3km | Duration: 2hrs | Region: Central New Territories | Difficulty: ★★ | Shading Level: High) [ Scenic Spot 7: Paper-bark Trees Woodland ]Photo Spot: Near the Shing Mun ReservoirSection passed by: Wilson Trail (Section 7) Shing Mun Reservoir to Yuen Tun Ha (Length: 10.2km | Duration: 4hrs | Region: Central New Territories | Difficulty: ★★★ | Shading Level: Medium) [ Scenic Spot 8: Lam Tsuen River ]Photo Spot: Lam Tsuen River, near Parc VersaillesSection passed by: Wilson Trail (Section 8) Yuen Tun Ha to Cloudy Hill (Length: 9km | Duration: 4hrs | Region: North New Territories | Difficulty: ★★★★ | Shading Level: Low) [ Scenic Spot 9: Overlooking Plover Cove ]Photo Spot: 511 metres in elevation on Hsien Ku FungSection passed by: Wilson Trail (Section 9) Cloudy Hill to Pat Sin Leng (Length: 10.6km | Duration: 4.5hrs | Region: North New Territories | Difficulty: ★★★★ | Shading Level: Low) [ Scenic Spot 10: Deserted Village ]Photo Spot: Near Upper Wang Shan Keuk VillageThe section passed by: Wilson Trail (Section 10) Pat Sin Leng to Nam Chung (Length: 6.8km | Duration: 2.5hrs | Region: North New Territories | Difficulty: ★★★★ | Shading Level: High) *For more about the Wilson Trail, please visit the "Enjoy Hiking" website. (The images and the information are provided by Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department)

FIVE must-go spots on Hong Kong Trail

The Hong Kong Trail (50 km) traverses all the five country parks on Hong Kong Island. It is divided into 8 sections, each with plenty of stunning views. Below are five scenic spots you should not miss!    Scenic Spot 1: Pinewood Battery Section passed by: Hong Kong Trail (Section 1)The Peak to Pok Fu Lam Reservoir RoadTransportation: Take public transport to Kotewall Road bus terminus. Then walk uphill along Hatton Road to Picnic Area Site No.1 in Lung Fu Shan Country Park. The Pinewood Battery is next to the picnic area. Pinewood Battery - Historical RelicsLocated in Lung Fu Shan Country Park, Pinewood Battery was an important point of coastal defence because it is situated at an area of elevated terrain looking out on the western mouth of Victoria Harbour.  Construction of the battery started in the late 19th century and was completed in 1905 as part of the British colonial government’s plan to strengthen the defence of the western part of Hong Kong Island. With the rise of airpower on the verge of the Second World War, Pinewood Battery became an anti-aircraft battery with facilities like barracks to defend against the Japanese Army, instead of the French or Russian forces.  It was later abandoned in 1941 when it was heavily shelled by Japanese artillery fire. Surprisingly, its command post, lookouts, magazines, and even the lavatory remain in good conditions, allowing visitors to learn about the wartime history along the 400-metre Pinewood Battery Heritage Trail...Read more    Scenic Spot 2: Lugard RoadSection passed by: Hong Kong Trail (Section 1)The Peak to Pok Fu Lam Reservoir RoadTransportation: Walk along Peak Road towards Peak Tower after arriving at the Peak. The start point is the entrance of Lugard Road. Lugard Road - Hong Kong’s most iconic view of Victoria HarbourThe bird’s eye view of Victoria Harbour from Victoria Peak is unquestionably Hong Kong’s most iconic view.  Apart from the pavilion scene often featured on postcards, an even more sweeping vista is offered at the start point of the Hong Kong Trail, Lugard Road.  Built between 1913 and 1914 with some narrow, cliff-side paths called plank roads, the hundred-year-old trail is named after the 14th Governor of Hong Kong, Sir Frederick Lugard. Not only is it a great spot to admire sunset and night views, but it is also where you can witness the extraordinary scene of our city enveloped in mist in spring. The Peak Trail is surrounded by lush forestry and moss-covered rocks, dotted with a variety of flora species throughout the year – between April and May pink flowers of the Lance-leaved Sterculia, come into bloom; from July to October white flowers of the Turn-in-the-wind, embellish the trail.  Together with antique stone benches and streetlights, it exudes an air of ancient elegance. Continue on to Harlech Road, which is to the southwest of Victoria Peak, and then stroll along the shaded tree-lined trail at Pok Fu Lam Reservoir.  It will instantly connect you from the bustling financial centre to a rural idyll on the western part of Hong Kong Island, which is yet another way to tell the stories of Hong Kong.Read more    Scenic Spot 3: Sunset View from High West Section passed by: Hong Kong Trail (Section 1)The Peak to Pok Fu Lam Reservoir RoadTransportation: Take public transport to the Peak and alight at the Peak terminus. Walk along Harlech Road for 30 minutes to reach High West picnic area. Then take the path next to the picnic site and walk uphill to High West. High West Viewing Point - Sunrise and SunsetTowering at an elevation of 494 metres as the fourth tallest mountain on Hong Kong Island, High West divides the prosperous Central and Western District from the tranquil Southern District.  Its summit, which can be reached by climbing a long flight of 600 steps, offers unobstructed views of the West Lamma Channel stretching to the horizon.  It also looks out on Lamma Island in the south and as far as the Lema Islands outside the territory.  As dusk approaches, the sun dips gently among the hills of Lantau Island, giving off a beautiful red sunset over the sky and the sea.  As you are busy taking photos of the scene in front of you, Victoria Harbour is also bathed in the glow of the setting sun, with skyscrapers on the waterfront sparkling before being lit at night...Read more    Scenic Spot 4: Stunning ReservoirSection passed by: Hong Kong Trail (Section 6) Mount Parker Road to Tai Tam RoadTransportation: Take public transport and alight at "Tai Tam Country Park" bus stop. Go to the opposite side where the entrance of Tai Tam Country Park is located. Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir Masonry Bridge - Hipster HitsThe architectural artistry during Hong Kong’s colonial era is best manifested in the Tai Tam Group of Reservoirs, which is one of the six prewar reservoirs in Hong Kong. Completed between 1888 and 1917, it consists of Tai Tam Upper Reservoir, Tai Tam Byewash Reservoir, Tai Tam Intermediate Reservoir, and Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir, featuring 22 century-old declared monuments.  In particular, the four masonry arch bridges that appear in the woods of Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir, alongside their reflections in the lake, are the most breathtaking.  These four bridges were built in the Victorian style and have been classified as Grade I historic buildings.  In fact, if you want to visit all the masonry bridges, Tai Tam Waterworks Heritage Trail is the place.  Located to the west of Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir, the trail lets you admire its own unique beauty.  Other highlights include the masonry aqueduct, the valve house and the dam, which are all worth a visit...Read more    Scenic Spot 5: Viewing the sea on Dragon's BackSection pass 5ed by: Hong Kong Trail (Section 8)To Tei Wan to Tai Long WanTransportation: Take public transport to "To Tei Wan" bus stop on Shek O Road to the entrance of Hong Kong Trail Section 8. Walk uphill along Hong Kong Trail Section 8. Shek O Peak - Viewing PointsAlthough Shek O Peak sits at Shek O Country Park at an altitude of only 284 metres, its footpath leads to D’Aguilar Peninsula, where turquoise waters in the surroundings that stretch to the horizon come into full view.  It belongs to Section 8 of the Hong Kong Trail, connecting with Wan Cham Shan along the ridgeline of the world-renowned Dragon’s Back . It got this name because of the resemblance of its meandering and undulating hills to the shape of the back ridge of a dragon.  The footpath also overlooks Big Wave Bay and Shek O, commands views of Tung Lung Island and Hong Kong’s southernmost island Po Toi Island in the distance, and offers vistas of the boundless South China Sea.  To enhance the public’s understanding of the nearby mountains and islands, there are information boards at the Dragon’s Back Viewing Point...Read more *Click for more information about the Hong Kong Trail, or visit the "Enjoy Hiking" website. (The images and the information are provided by Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department)

Equipment list before planning a hike

If you are planning a hike, it is important to have the proper hiking gear. Take equipment according to your personal need and the nature of the activity. The checklist below is provided for reference. 1. Backpack - Place light items at the bottom, heavier items in the middle, and the heaviest ones on the top. Put less frequently used items first and frequently used ones on the sides. Be sure weight is equally balanced on each side.- It should not exceed one third of your body weight. The maximum weight is 40lb.   2. Hiking shoes - ide toe box hiking shoes with deep and thick lugs on outsole are preferable. 3. Socks 4. Shirt - Wear sun protective/moisture-wicking/breathable long-sleeved shirt with collar to avoid sunburn on your arms and the back of your neck. 5. Trousers - Sun protective/moisture-wicking/breathable loose-fitting trousers are preferable. 6. Towel/cooling towel/arm sleeves 7. Outer garments & windproof jacket/rain jacket 8. Hat, sunglasses, umbrella, gloves 9. Spare clothing 10. Hiking stick 11. Compass & map (countryside series published by the Lands Department)  12. Illumination device 13. Whistle 14. Food & emergency food: Bring portable and conveniently packaged food with high calories, e.g. glucose, raisins, and other high energy food. 15. Water bottle & water (drinking water refilling stations in Country Parks) 16. Personal drugs & first aid supplies 17. Sunscreen and mosquito repellent  18. Mobile phone & battery/charger & charging cable (Mobile Network Services in Country Parks) 18. Watch 20. Hong Kong Hiking Trail Weather Service For more details, please refer to the AFCD Enjoy Hiking website

Stargazing facility in Sai Wan, Sai Kung

Sai Kung has always been a hot spot for the public to stargaze. The Government has constructed a stargazing facility on an abandoned campsite located between Sai Wan and Ham Tin Wan in Sai Kung for visitors to enjoy stargazing by lying down leisurely and comfortably. (Other Astronomical Observation Hot Spots/Weather Information) The stargazing facility is situated on a small knoll. Walking along the MacLehose Trail Section 2 from Sai Wan Beach uphill for about 10 minutes, you will see the “Sai Wan Stargazing Site” sign. Reconstructed from a campsite The newly constructed stargazing facility is a curved ring-form bench composed of glass reinforced resin panels, which are hard, durable and suitable for outdoor use. The bench, which is built with great respect for the surrounding tree line, beautifully blends the streamlined design into nature. Architect of the ArchSD, Mr LO Yee-cheung, Adrian, says the location was originally an abandoned campsite with a piece of spacious flat land. The reconstruction works did not involve tree felling, which minimised ecological and visual impacts. The bench with ergonomic design Adrian shares that the AFCD, Hong Kong Space Museum and ArchSD joined hands to explore the design of the stargazing facility and the construction commenced in October 2018. The most prominent feature of the project is the curved ring-form bench which allows 360-degree stargazing. People can view the starry sky no matter where they sit. The bench is ergonomically-designed so that people can enjoy stargazing by sitting in the most comfortable position at 135 degrees, which is more comfortable than lying on the ground. With its light timber colour as well as reflective coating on its top and bottom tips, the bench enables visitors to see it clearly even without artificial illumination so as to ensure safety. Adopting green and environmentally-friendly design Moreover, the central part of the stargazing facility is a hard-paved flat area for stargazers to set up their tripods and telescopes. Metal coordinate indicators are embedded in the ground to facilitate visitors to orient themselves and to appreciate the starry sky in different directions. Meanwhile, the project has adopted green and environmentally-friendly design to conserve the natural environment of the countryside. For example, pebbles are placed under the back of the bench to facilitate natural drainage without the need to lay any drains, and grasses fit for wild cows’ consumption are grown without the need to carry out grass cutting work manually or mechanically; as a result, symbiosis of human, nature and architecture can be achieved. (For more details, please click here to read the article in Development Bureau website)

Ten landscapes and Ten characters – the fantastic MacLehose Trail

Ten landscapes and Ten characters – the fantastic MacLehose Trail This year is the 40th anniversary of the MacLehose Trail. Rated by the National Geographic as one of the top 20 dream trails in the world, the MacLehose Trail definitely worth a visit, at least a section, by every Hong Konger.This 100-kilometre trail is divided into ten sections, traversing the New Territories from East to West through eight country parks namely Sai Kung East, Sai Kung West, Ma On Shan, Lion Rock, Kam Shan, Shing Mun, Tai Mo Shan and Tai Lam. If you have ever visited any of one section, you would probably find it amazing with There are coastline, mountains, valleys and reservoirs. The trail offers hikers beautiful countryside scenery in New Territories as well as overlooking view of the cityscape of the Kowloon Peninsula. This famous trail has been named as one of the world's 20 dream trails by the National Geographic.Each of the ten sections is quite unique indeed. If you have geared up but are yet to decide which section to start for your journey, watch the ten videos below produced by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department now for more details of the landscapes and characters of the MacLehose Trail! "MacLehose Trail Section 1: Extraordinary Craftsmanship" Pak Tam Chung to Long KeStarting Point: Pak Tam ChungFinishing Point: Long KeLength: 10.6 kilometresClick here for detail map "MacLehose Trail Section 2: Boundless Nature" Long Ke to Pak Tam AuStarting Point: Long KeFinishing Point: Pak Tam AuLength: 13.5 kilometresClick here for detail map "MacLehose Trail Section 3: Unwind Yourself" Pak Tam Au to Kei Ling HaStarting Point: Pak Tam AuFinishing Point: Kei Ling HaLength: 10.2 kilometresClick here for detail map "MacLehose Trail Section 4: Continous Challenges" Kei Ling Ha - Tate's CairnStarting Point: Kei Ling HaFinishing Point: Tate's CairnLength: 12.7 kilometresClick here for detail map "MacLehose Trail Section 5: One Mountain One City" Tate's Cairn to Tai Po RoadStarting Point: Tate's CairnFinishing Point: Tai Po RoadLength: 10.6 kilometresClick here for detail map "MacLehose Trail Section 6: Respect Nature" Tai Po Road to Shing MunStarting Point: Tai Po RoadFinishing Point: Shing Mun ReservoirLength: 4.6 kilometresClick here for detail map "MacLehose Trail Section 7: Historical Traces" Shing Mun to Lead Mine PassStarting Point: Shing Mun ReservoirFinishing Point: Lead Mine PassLength: 6.2 kilometresClick here for detail map "MacLehose Trail Section 8:Top of Hong Kong " Lead Mine Pass to Route TwiskStarting Point: Lead Mine PassFinishing Point: Route TwiskLength: 9.7 kilometresClick here for detail map "MacLehose Trail Section 9: Enjoy the Serenity" Route Twisk to Tin Fu TsaiStarting Point: Route TwiskFinishing Point: Tin Fu TsaiLength: 6.3 kilometresClick here for detail map "MacLehose Trail Section 10: Picturesque Landscapes" Tin Fu Tsai to Tuen MunStarting Point: Tin Fu TsaiFinishing Point: Tuen MunLength: 15.6 kilometresClick here for detail map (Information provided by Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department)

Explore Kat O and Ap Chau

Ap Chau Geosite Visitors can see extraordinary red breccia at Ap Chau which is rare in Hong Kong, and appreciate a diverse range of striking wave erosion landforms at close range, such as a sea cliff, wave-cut platform, wave-cut notch, sea arch and sea stack, plus the famous ‘Duck’s Eye’. Ap Chau once had a thriving fishing community but only a few villagers continue to live on the island today. Its rustic bucolic charm is still inviting. How to get there Take the ferry operating between Ma Liu Shui to Kat O and Ap Chau on Saturdays, Sundays and Public holidays or join a local tour.To take the ferry, visitors can travel by MTR East Rail and get off at the University Station, Exit B, then walk for about 15 minutes to Ma Liu Shui Landing No.3 for the ferry service to Kat O and Ap Chau. The normal boat traveling time is about 2 hours. Visitors are advised to take the *ferry schedule into consideration in planning the trip.Service days: Saturdays, Sundays and Public HolidaysFare: $90 return ticket / $50 for single trip from Kat O to Ma Liu Shui onlyBooking & enquiries: 2555 9269 (Best Sonic Industrial Limited)(subject to operator’s announcement) *Ferry Schedule Route of ferry Departure Arrival Depart from Ma Liu Shui to Kat O 9:00 am   1st stop at Kat O   10:30 am  Depart from Kat O 10:45 am   2nd stop at Ap Chau   11:00 am  Depart from Ap Chau 12:30 nn   3rd stop at Kat O   12:45 pm Depart from Kat O 15:30 pm   Back to Ma Liu Shui   17:00 pm   (Information provided by Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department)

Fun in Countryside

Country parks If you are a nature lover, Hong Kong has lots to offer. In recent years, the Government has enhanced Hong Kong’s nature nursing and education, and has established many facilities for educating the public and protecting natural habitats. In addition to parks, zoos, gardens and country parks, the Hong Kong Wetland Park was established to demonstrate the diversity of our wetland ecosystem. The park has also become the home of Pui Pui – the alligator that has attained celebrity status in Hong Kong. Marine parks Along our seacoast, five marine parks and one marine reserve have been designated. Thanks to these marine parks, precious true mangroves have been preserved. Of the eight true mangroves recorded in Hong Kong, six are located in the Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park. Hiking trails If you like to walk, there are some walking routes that take you to different locations in the city. The ecotours[Chinese version only], hiking trails and family walks offer different hiking routes around Hong Kong. Bear Heritage Journey HKNature net If you look carefully, you may find many species of animals and plants on any of these routes. Make sure you check the information on the internet before you start your hike because you would not want to miss seeing any rare species of animals and plants. Local weather information It is also wise to check the weather forecast ahead of time and the latest weather in different parts of Hong Kong. Camping sites and mountain bike trails Other than these facilities and parks, there are camping sites and mountain bike trails across Hong Kong. Hiking safety When visiting the countryside, please remember to bring along your mobile phone. There is never 100% mobile network coverage in country parks, so it is a good idea to bring along countryside maps and find out more about staying in touch in country parks.