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Devil's Peak, also named Pau Tai Shan, linking with Black Hill and Mau Wu Shan, lies at the east of Kowloon. Along the ridges, you could visit the ruins of forts.

Devil's Peak | Mau Wu Lookout - A trail for hiking in Hong Kong

Devil's Peak
Distance: 7.0 Km
Duration: 3.0 hours
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2.5

Scn.:

3.0

Start: MTR at Yiu Tong station. Bus 14, 14B, 216M, 603 get off at Ko Yee Estate

End: Minibus 107 to Po Lam railway station

When heading to O King Road, you could follow O King Road to the left, then trace Pik Wan Road to the right leading to Kwong Tin Estate.

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Yiu Tong

The trail starts by following Cha Kwo Ling Road to the left from Exit A2 of Yiu Tong railway station. At the junction of Ko Chiu Road, turn left and go ahead along it gently up keeping to the right side. Pass through the entrance of the car park of Lei Yue Mun Estate, not far ahead, it joins the road on the right to Chinese Permanent Cemetery. Along the road, it winds up. Through the several turns, the trail follows Wilson Trail on the left by ascending the short flight of steps. Afterward, head the concrete path to the left gently up. Along the way, a distance view over Yiu Tong, Hong Kong Island and the east of Victoria Harbour could be seen. Further ahead, it traces the right fork up to the ruin of the three of Devil's Peak Fortification. After visiting around there, retrace the way to the main path and then continue on along it to the right.

Branch: If you start from the bus stop of Ko Yee Estate, follow Ko Chiu Road keeping on the left toward Lei Yue Mun Estate. It soon comes to the road on the left to Chinese Permanent Cemetery.

Along Ko Chiu Road

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The ruin of the fortification

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Devil's Peak (Pau Tai Shan)

Along the concrete path, the trail soon follow the left path at the next junction. It winds up along the hillside with the distance view over Mount Parker towering in Hong Kong Island and Sai Wan Ho. Further up, it leads to another ruin of the fortresses. Overlooking around, the board views could be seen eastward to High Junk Peak and southward to Lei Yue Mun and Chai Wan. Afterward, head the trail. It ascends the flight of concrete steps along the ridge up to the ruin which is the largest scale from them around the hilltop. In contrast to Fan Lau Fort at the west end of Lantau Island, Devil's Peak is located at its opposite - the east end of Kowloon, which forts are mainly for the defence in the east channel of Victoria Harbour such as, Lei Yue Mun, Nam Tong Channel and Fat Tong Mun. Look far to the west from there, it offers a panoramic view over the east of Kowloon and the north of Hong Kong Island. Afterward, alongside the right edge of the ruin roughly toward the cemetery on the hillside and the opposite High Junk Peak, there is a downhill muddy path. Down the path, it soon joins the concrete path of Wilson Trail and then follow it to the left.

The leaves on the wall

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Overlook High Junk Peak and the east channel

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Like a city wall

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Black Hill

Head the Wilson Trail, it winds through the woods and then descends to O King Road. Follow O King Road to the right and keep to its left side. Not far ahead, according to the signpost the trail starts the concrete steps on the left along Wilson Trail. It undulates up along the hillside of Black Hill. On the way, you could overlook Nam Tin and look back far to the rolling hills of Devil's Peak, to the other side, Tiu Keng Leng and Tseung Kwan O. Up ahead, it leads to the range pole at the hilltop. Look far to the east from there, Tai Sheung Tok scraped almost a half and Kowloon Peak towering farther come into the view. Afterward, continue on along the trail ahead. Passing through the pavilion, it gently turns down.

The downhill path

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Black Hill

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Tai Sheung Tok and Kowloon Peak

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Mau Wu Shan

Along Wilson Trail downhill, it comes to the junction then follow the right side-path (left to Po Lam Road and Tseng Lan Shue along Wilson Trail). Through the woods, it gently descends to the junction of the three paths and then follow the path ahead. Cutting through the grove, it leads to the pavilion at the top of Mau Wu Shan. Afterward, descend the path at the left front of the pavilion (roughtly toward the southeast). Along the way, the bulidings in high density in Tseung Kwan O could be seen. Down to the mid-level, it comes to the ruin of the castle of Mau Wu Shan on the left, said to be a lookout tower to monitor around the channel of Fat Tong Mun in the past. It was included in the list of Grade 1 historic buildings in Hong Kong. The cylindrical tower built with stones in european style is quite rare. Afterward, continue to descend the steps along the trail which is steep in part, it then joins Po Lam Road South and follow the road to the left to Haven of Hope Hospital.

Branch: If it is out of the service time of the minibus, you could follow Po Lam Road South to the left from the downhill path junction of Mau Wu Shan. When heading to a left turn of the road, then descend the several flights of concrete steps through the retaining walls that leads to Po Shun Road, afterward cross the road to the opposite Sheung Tak Estate. (Refer to the branch path from the map above)

Take the right fork

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The lookout on hillside toward High Junk Peak

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The arched windows

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Summary

By exploring the ruins of Devil's Peak, it is realized some history and the change of an epoch in Hong Kong. Moreover, the lookout tower of Mau Wu Shan is an unique architecture, we should protect and treasure it. In addition, among the concrete forest of Kowloon, the country park and the green terrain are barely the oasis.

Text : Horace

Last Update : 25.02.2016

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