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Tai Lam Chung Reservoir lies within Tai Lam Country Park. It was built after World War II. There are some small islands in the reservoir, also named "Thousand Islands".

Tai Lam Chung | Wong Nai Tun Irrigation Reservoir - A trail for hiking in Hong Kong

Tai Lam Chung
Distance: 6.5 Km
Duration: 3.5 hours
Diff.:

4.0

Scn.:

4.0

Start: Minibus 43 from Ho Pong Street in Tuen Mun, get off at So Kwun Wat Tsuen

End: Bus K66 or red minibus to Yuen Long town

1.The uphill path is steep and full of loose gravel, it requires to clamber up!
2.During the uphill and downhill, there are some branches without signpost. Recommand to carry map.

It not climb up the hill, you could follow MacLehose Trail to the right at the junction with a map board. Near M183 signpost, take the left fork to Wong Nai Tun Reservoir.

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So Kwun Wat

The trail starts from the minibus terminal station at So Kwun Wat Tsuen by following the concrete path on the left. After the slow ascent, it comes to the junction with a map board of MacLehose Trail. Taking the left fork, it soon joins the obscure uphill side path on the right at the first right-turn. There are also some ribbons as marks for guidance. At the initial leg, it is quite steep and full of loose gravel that would require to clamber up. Moreover, it would be careful to look for the path because parts of the section are also not obvious.

Note: It is recommended to carry a map and a GPS device for reference and asistance, as there are some branch paths without any signpost.

Exit: If not climb up the hill, you could take the right path to follow MacLehose Trail at the junction with the map board. Heading to the signpost of M183 nearby, take the left fork to Wong Nai Tun Reservoir.

Along the path ahead

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Tai Lam Chung Reservoir

Up to a small flatland, the splendid view named "Thousand Islands" for Tai Lam Chung Reservoir could be overlooked. It seems that there are many small islands distributed in the lake. Peering at the sophisticated meandering coastline, it looks as if it fashioned a refined picture from the natural pattern. There is also a hot spot for photographers. Afterward, continue on along the trail uphill, its slope becomes gentle. Up ahead, the rugged hill range of Kau Keng Shan could be seen, like the basin of Castle Peak, where are the denuded landscape because the slopes are heavily eroded by the weathering, they are largely covered by loose, gravelly ground without little vegetation and therefore became badlands.

The badland

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Passing through the smooth leg on the ridge, take the right fork downhill (be careful to find it). Along the way, the reservoir could be seen on the right. Head it down, then take the right path at the junction around 50 metres apart from the front electroic tower (pay attention to it). Follow the path, there are some broken wood steps in the initial leg. It descends roughly along the east slope. After going down then cutting through the woods, it joins to the concrete path.

The Thousand Island

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The meandering coastline

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Wong Nai Tun Reservoir

Along the concrete path to the left, it could gradually hear the gurgling sound. Further ahead, it comes to Wong Nai Tun Reservoir. The reservoir is small, but its surrounding is tranquil and exhilarating with a view of emerald water surface. Afterward, head the trail, then take the right muddy path to Tai Tong at the junction on the dam. On the way, it offers a distance view over Tai Tong and the villages over there. After the downhill, it joins the concrete path. Passing through the village of Yeung Ka Tsuen, it arrives at the bus terminal of Tai Tong.

The yellow flower

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The leaves reflected by sun light

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Summary

It is impressive for the stunning view of "Thousand Island". The indented coastline, the emerald water and the green hills fashion the spectacular picture with the peculiar patterns. It is worth to climb up the steep hill slope for the stunning scenery.

Text : Horace

Last Update : 24.05.2015

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