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Pat Sin Leng, located at north of Tai Mei Tuk, is one of the rolling peaks at the northeast new territory. Its range links Lai Pek Shan, Wong Leng and Ping Fung Shan.

Pat Sin Leng - A trail for hiking in Hong Kong

Pat Sin Leng
Distance: 12.0 Km
Duration: 5.0 hours
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4.0

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4.0

Start: Mini bus 52B from Fanling Railway Station to Hok Tau

End: Bus 75K, minibus 20C to Tai Po Railway Station

It is slightly physically demanding as there are climbs up and down to a certain extent.

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Hok Tau Reservoir

The trail starts from the mini bus terminal of Hok Tau Wai by retracing the lane back to the junction of Hok Tau Road. Head it to the right then begin a slow ascent ahead. Beyond the gate and the entrance of camping site of Hok Tau, it winds up to the Hok Tau Reservoir. At the fork, join the Wilson Trail on the left. After passing through over the dam, it skirts the reservoir. In the soft and warm sunshine, the tender trees lined on the both side, the newly-grown green and the loud song of cicadas, all become the prologue of summer. Under the swinging trees in the breeze, it offers a picturesque jade screen from the leaves and the bent trunk of trees on the shore which branches are soaking in the emerald water surface with their inverted images. After heading to the end of the concrete road, follow the left path to continue on along Wilson Trail.

Along Hok Tau Road

Along Hok Tau Road

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Picturesque jade screen

Picturesque jade screen

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Ping Fung Shan

Along Wilson Trail through the pavilion, it then follows the Hok Tau Country Trail on the right. Passing through the barbecue site, it ascends the flight of uphill steps on the left. After the gentle ascent through the woods, the trail turns left at the junction according to the signpost to Pak Sin Leng to climb the hill of Ping Fung Shan by ascending the long flight of steep steps. As there is less shade trees along the way for the long climb, you should take some rests on your need. Up ahead to the mid-level, you could look back the grand view over Hok Tau Reservoir nestled in the sylvan valley and northwards farther to Shenzhen. It then leads up to the smooth terrain on the high ravine. Beyond the recess, Nam Chung and Sha Tau Kok at the northwest could be overlooked. Head the trail further, it comes near the cliff edge of Ping Fung Shan.

Hok Tau Country Trail

Hok Tau Country Trail

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Cloudy Hill and Tai Mo Shan

Cloudy Hill and Tai Mo Shan

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The cliffs of Ping Fung Shan

The cliffs of Ping Fung Shan

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Wong Leng

Head the trail, it winds up slowly and roughly contours the undulated ridges upwards to the east. You could feel the grand aura from the long ridgeline of the rolling hills stretching far to the peak of Wong Leng. Beyond the several massifs, it comes to the recess of Wong Leng. Take a short side path behind the signpost that leads you up to its highest chest. At the hilltop, it gives the spendid full view over Ma Shi Chau, Tolo Harbour and farther southwards to Ma On Shan. It is comfortable that it makes your spirit pleased by a deep breath over there.

Winding up

Winding up

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Tolo Harbour and Ma Shi Chau

Tolo Harbour and Ma Shi Chau

Pak Sin Leng

Retrace down to the main path (Wilson Trail), then continue on along it forward. Afterward, it undulately contours the ridges of Lai Pek Shan and then ascends through a flight of steps to the top of Shun Yeung Fung which is the highest crest of the range of Pak Sin Leng. Look back to Wong Leng from there, its broad and rugged ridge is like a very huge dinosaur lying prostrate.

Along the ridge through the other sprawling massifs of Pak Sin Leng, you could see each crest has its name that refers to the eight supernatural entities respectively from an ancient legend of chinese. Follow the trail till to the east Hsien Ku Fung. From there gazing down, the grand views could be seen over the whole of Plover Cove Reservior and Tai Mei Tuk. Towards the northeast, Wu Kau Tang and the hill range of Tiu Tang Lung are also within the sight.

Approach to Pat Sin Leng

Approach to Pat Sin Leng

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Toward Shun Yeung Fung of Pak Sin Leng

Toward Shun Yeung Fung of Pak Sin Leng

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Plover Cove Reservior

Plover Cove Reservior

Take the long flight of steps downhill on the left. It leads down steadily along the north slope. After joining the Pat Sin Leng Nature Trail, follow it to the right to Tai Mei Tuk. It winds down slowly along the hillside through the sylvan terrain. Beyond Spring Wind Pavilion, it comes to Plover Cove Country Park Vistor Centre. Finally, follow Ting Kok Road to the right leading to Tai Mei Tuk bus terminal.

Summary

Climbing the hills, it is impressive for the rugged contours and the long sprawling ridgelines of the range from Ping Fung Shan, Wong Leng to Pat Sin Leng. The views from Plover Cove Reservior to farther Ma On Shan are all within the sight, therefore it is a physically demanding trail but having much sublime scenery.

Text : Horace

Establish : 24.04.2012 / Last Update : 04.09.2018

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