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Tai Mo Shan is the highest hill in HK at 957m, located in middle of New Territories north of Tsuen Wan. At the top in winter, the ground is sometimes frosted.

Tai Mo Shan - A trail for hiking in Hong Kong

Tai Mo Shan
Distance: 11.0 Km
Duration: 4.5 hours
Diff.:

4.0

Scn.:

4.0

Start: Bus 64K, minibus 25K, get off at Ng Tung Chai

End: Bus 51 to Tsuen Wan

It is quite physically demanding for the steep climbs up and down in a centain extent.

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From Ng Tung Chai to Man Tak Garden

From Ng Tung Chai bus stop, along Lam Kam Road go back a few steps, you could see the road at the junction on the right leading to Man Tak Garden. Follow it up, then turn right at the first junction. Afterward, take the right fork upward at the second junction. Along the way, Ng Tung Chai village is on your left and the hill of Tai To Yan is towering behind you. Beyond the sylvan path, you could listen the murmur of the brooks in the valley. In the quiet and secluded environment, the nature shows the vitality itself. Passing through the archway, it comes to Man Tak Garden. Continue to go ahead, it then follows the muddy path. Head to the junction beside the map board, ascend the flight of the steps on the right to climb Tai Mo Shan. (Going forward could go to the waterfalls of Ng Tung Chai)

Related trail: Ng Tung Chai Waterfall

Lam Kam Road

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The clear ridgeline

Tai Mo Shan

Along the trail uphill, it ascends the long flight of stone steps sometimes through the woods. After the steady and strenuous climb to the mid-level, it comes to the junction of Scatter Fall on the left. Still go ahead uphill not far, you could look back over the full view of Lam Tsuen, Cloudy Hill, Pat Sin Leng and even far to Shenzhen of China as a reward.

Head the trail, it becomes tame and slowly winds up. At the moment looking up around, it seems to be enclosed among the jade screens of the board hills. Gaze to some hillsides, the horizontal parallel lines contouring on the hillsides as formed from the stepped fields in the past, all became a record of history in contrast to the three big balls at the hilltop. Further up, it comes to the pavilion at the highland. If follow MacLehose Trail from the junction to the left, it could lead to Lead Mine Pass. Looking southward far, Lion Rock, Kowloon and Hong Kong Island could be seen.

A small waterfall

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Overlook Lam Tsuen and Pat Sin Leng

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The hill of Tai To Yan lying horizontally

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A special thank to Jack Shirley for sharing the drone video

Afterward, follow Maclehose Trail to the right along the concrete road up. Looking around at the altitude of 800 metres above, every hill such as Ma On Shan, Pat Sin Leng, Needle Hill and Tai To Yan, seems to become shorter. After winding along the road, it arrives at the hilltop with some transmitting stations. Standing at the crest of Hong Kong, it offers much sublime scenery and the full views almost over everywhere of Hong Kong from any direction in a clear day. Northwestward to Kam Tin and Yuen Long, eastward to Tai Po, Plover Cove Reservoir and Ma On Shan, southward to the peninsula of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island are all within the sight. Afterward, follow the concrete road (Tai Mo Shan Road) downhill.

Overlook HK Island, Kowloon and Lion Rock

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Tai Po, Pat Sin Leng and Plover Cove Reservoir

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Tsuen Kam Au

The road gently zigzags down at the beginning. Initially you could overlook Lantau Island and Tsing Ma Bridge. Passing through the gate and the carpark, turn right to still follow the road. Head it not far, according to the signpost, deviate from the concrete road and take the MacLehose Trail on the right downhill along the muddy path. (You could also still follow the concrete road downhill) Finially, it leads down to the bus stop at Route Twisk.

Along Tai Mo Shan Road down

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Tsing Ma Bridge and Lantau Island

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Summary

It is impressive for the full views from the hilltop of the highest hill in Hong Kong. At the top looking down, everything seems to become small, but you could see the whole more clearly.

Text : Horace

Last Update : 27.09.2018

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