Hong Kong Hiking Challenge: From September to December 2022, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department organizes the Hong Kong Hiking Challenge to encourage nature lovers and hikers to set off for the countryside and take on the challenge! There are 25 checkpoints scattered in various scenic spots in the country parks, featuring a variety of picturesque views unique to Hong Kong’s countryside. The top of Hong Kong – Tai Mo Shan, the breath-taking sunset view at Mount High West, the enchanting historic Hakka village of Lai Chi Wo, the thousand islands reflection of the Tai Lam Chung Reservoir, and many more!
Participants can plan their own routes to visit these checkpoints based on their interest, physical fitness and hiking experience. Use a smartphone to check-in at the checkpoints to collect the unique local flora and fauna badges made for each checkpoint. You will also learn about the amazing biodiversity of Hong Kong! Collect a certain number of badges and you will get different rewards! Let the challenge begins!
Area: Tai Mo Shan Country Park
Distance: One way 2 kilometers
Climb altitude: 220 meters
Time required: 40 minutes (One-way)
Background: Tai Mo Shan Country Park Viewing Park: With an altitude of 957m, Tai Mo Shan stands right in the middle of New Territories. Known as the highest peak in Hong Kong, Tai Mo Shan also features a different seasonal specials: in summer, the setting sun falls over Kam Tin plain at Pat Heung, colouring the distant Lau Fau Shan orange; in autumn, the golden silvergrass offers an outstanding view that is unique to the season; whereas the sunset during winter that faces the Lantau Island presents a sparkling sea view.
Transportation, bus schedule and costs:
- Start from the Tsuen Wan MTR station (The bus station is on top of the bridge, which is a little bit difficult to find)
- If you are not planning to start at Tsuen Wan, you can also start from Tsuen Wan West station (The bus station is at Nina Mall) Take Bus 51 from Nina Tower Bus Terminus to “Tai Mo Shan Country Park (The bus station on the ground floor, which should be easier to find compare to the Tsuen Wan station)
- The bus arrives every hour during weekdays, and 15-60 minutes during the weekends. It costs $9.4 for each ride. (Highly recommend to download the KMB app to check on the bus schedule, which include real-time bus arrival time)
- Take the bus and get off at “Tai Mo Shan Country Park”, walk back and you will see the bus station at the opposite side which heads back to Tsuen Wan (Also the bus station you will be taking when you leave)
- Walk pass the bus station and continue to walk straight, you will see a huge “Tai Mo Shan Country Park” sign (Make sure to take a selfie here), then turn left into Tai Mo Shan road.
- Starting to walk uphill. After a short two minutes walk, there will be car park, a small food stall, and restroom on the right side.
- Continue to walk uphill, there will be a fork road. The left side will be our exit and way back home, let’s head to the right side.
- Uphill….Uphill….Continue to follow the road, there is one huge road in front of you. Yep…still uphill….
- Fun fact: You will be able to see cows enjoying their lunches/breakfasts on the right hand side (Let’s not disturb them)
- Continue to walk uphill (YEP, that’s right), you will be able to another folk road.
- Follow the stone road
- The viewing point will be right in front of you! (There will be silver grass in Autumn – Very popular place)
- Don’t forget to join the Hong Kong Hiking Challenge!
- On our way back home, you will be able to see a small food stall and tourist center on the right side of the fork road. Take a rest if you need (They have fishballs and soft drinks)!
- After taking a short break, there is a short cut that leads to the main road.
- Follow the stone path and walk downstairs, follow the road sign and turn right.
- There will be another fork road, just turn left (obviously) to the main road.
- At the main road, you should be able to see a huge red sign (A map)
- Walk straight for one minute and the bus station will take you back to Tsuen Wan.
Little feedback: We went to the MacLehose Trial 9 during our last visit, this viewing point located at a higher altitude (offering a much better view). Although it costs a little bit more efforts, but the view is definitely worth visiting. The night view and sunset here at the Tai Mo Shan is also a popular location for wedding photos (That’s just how pretty this viewing point is). If you want to expereince the romantic part of Hong Kong, this will be the place.
Since the Tsuen Wan station has a bridge that is well-known as the bridge that can leads to everywhere, including different shopping mall. This location is perfect for a one-day trip, starting with a small hike, then coming back to Tsuen Wan and have a small shopping/dinner break, including a huge Ikea, street foods in Lo Tak Court, or even the artistic The Mills for a local beer.
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