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Hiking - Tai Lam Cheung Reservoir PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chirst'l Truebenbach   
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 10:36


This month’s trail will bring you to your neighbourhood, to Tai Lam Chung Reservoir. The reservoir inside Tai Lam Country Park was the first water storage facility built after the Second World War. This largely granite country park is the second largest in Hong Kong.

This hike offers beautiful scenery. It is a hot destination for hikers and picnickers and by now also for mountain bikers. There are a lot of barbecue areas along the way.

 Tai Lam Chung 1

 Tai Lam Chung Reservoir

Circular Route

4 ½ hours – 15 ½ km

Level of difficulty: moderate      

Actually this is an easy hike but of its length I prefer to call it a moderate one. It is suitable for hikers with reasonable experience and who are fit.

Bring a shirt for change, small towel, waterproof sun block, hiking boots are recommended, a hat, two litres of water and a lunch box if you want to make a break at the picnic site. Don’t forget your mobile phone!

Tai Lam Chung 2 

Starting and Finishing Point:

End of So Kwun Wat Tsuen Road

Take a taxi or drive by car.

At the information board follow the road uphill to a small dam. Here turn right and continue on the trail to the main dam.

 Tai Lam Chung Dam

The trail passes along the top of the Tai Lam Chung Dam

Tai Lam Chung Dam View

View from the top of Tai Lam Chung Dam looking down on the prison complex.

At the eastern side of the reservoir it changes into an expanded footpath, which joins the Tai Lam Nature Trail. This trail offers detailed descriptions on thinning, pruning, felling and foreign tree species.

After Kat Hing Bridge turn left. Here you can have a break at the nice picnic site.

At the information board turn left again into the old trail of MacLehose Stage 10, which is now a mountain bike trail. It leads you along the west bank of the reservoir. It is a lovely trail shaded by overhanging bamboo. Having arrived at the next information board at Pak Shek Hang walk downhill to your car or continue until you reach the small village of So Kwun Wat Tsuen. Here you can take Green Mini Bus No. 43S back to Gold Coast Piazza.

Tai Lam Chung 3

Tai Lam Chung 4

About Christ’l Truebenbach  

Christ'l is originally from Northern Germany and her Bavarian husband - from the beautiful German Alps in the South of the country - taught Christ'l to love hiking in the mountains. Seventeen years ago his job brought them to Hong Kong where they continued hiking together.

christ'l truebenbach

Christ'l always wanted to write a guide to hiking over the wonderful trails in Hong Kong. Over the years she has recorded distances, times, gradients, elevation profiles and information about public transportation. She constantly updates this information with the opening of the new MTR routes and the arrival of new hiking equipment such as Garmin Tools. Then with the launch of the new iPhone she realized it was no longer necessary to hike with a guidebook in her rucksack because everything could be stored on a mobile phone as an App.

Her app introduces the most common hikes on Hong Kong, country trails on Lantau Island, in the New Territories and on the Outlying Islands. For each hike you can find route locations, route maps and elevation profiles, and it allows you to search for different grades as well as for different regions.

You can download Christ'l's app here 

The Hiking in HK App describes every route, including its length, hiking time, level of difficulty and gives the emergency hot-lines of every country park. Detailed information of public transport from and to Central is given for every hike. A helpful detail - you do not need to be on-line during a hike! (But you can when using the Locate Me button to see where you are). 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 11:38
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