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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
Diff.:

4.0

Scn.:

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 on the right and 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 on the dam, it skirts the reservoir. With the soft and warm sunshine, the tender trees lined on the both side, the newly-grown green and the loud song of cicadas, it seems 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 soak in the emerald water surface with their inverted images.

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

Heading the path beyond the pavilion, it runs along the Hok Tau Country Trail on the right. Passing through the barbecue site, it joins to a long flight of uphill steps on the left with a roadsign to Pak Sin Leng. The trail climbs up steeply and steadily along the west slope of Ping Fung Shan with less shade of trees at the mid-level. Up ahead, you could look back the grand view over Hok Tau Reservoir in the sylvan valley and northwards farther to Shenzhen. After the ascent to the smooth terrain of high ravine, go ahead then Nam Chung and Sha Tau Kok at the northwest could be overlooked.

The uphill steps

The uphill steps

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Wong Leng

Afterward, the trail winds up slowly, and roughly contours the undulated high ridges towards the east. You could feel the grand aura from the long ridgeline of the rolling peaks stretching to Wong Leng. Beyond several massifs, it comes to the recess of Wong Leng. Take a short side path there behind the roadsign that leads you up to its highest chest. At the hilltop, it gives spendid views in full over Ma Shi Chau, Tolo Harbour and farther southwards to Ma On Shan. It is comfortable that makes your spirit pleased for breathing deeply there.

Overlook Nam Chung

Overlook Nam Chung

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

Toward Pat Sin Leng

Toward Pat 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, then follow it on the right to Tai Mei Tuk that winds down slowly along the hillside through a sylvan terrain. Beyond the lookout pavilion, it comes to Plover Cove Country Park Vistor Centre. Afterward, follow Ting Kok Road to the right, it leads to Tai Mei Tuk bus terminal.

Summary

Climbing up the hills, it is impressive for the rugged contour and the long sprawling ridgeline of the range from Ping Fung Shan, Wong Leng to Pat Sin Leng. From Plover Cove Reservior to farther Ma On Shan are within the sight, therefore it is a physically demanding trail with sublime scenery.

Text : Horace

Last Update : 31.01.2015

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