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Hiking - Plover Cove Reservoir PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christ'l Truebenbach   
Monday, 15 January 2018 13:32

Plover Cove Reservoir

18,5 km – 6,5 hours - Level of difficulty: very difficult

Ascent: 913 m - Descent: 960 m - Highest Point: 311 m

This long hike is one of the most difficult hikes in Hong Kong but at the same time one of the best and most impressive. Just wonderful! It is suitable only for experienced and well-equipped hikers. Do not do it in bad weather. If you start this trail you have to finish it - there are no exits or short cuts!

Plover Cove Reservoir, Hong Kong's longest dam, in the northeastern New Territories, is the world's first "reservoir in the ocean". With Pat Sin Leng on the west, the scenery around the reservoir is fantastic.

Hiking - Plover Cove 1

Starting Point

Wu Kau Tang Parking Lot

•    KMB Bus No. 61M to Tai Wo Hau Station

•    KMB Bus No. 73X to Tai Po

•    KMB Bus No. 75K or Green Mini Bus No. 20C to Tai Mei Tuk

•    Taxi to Wu Kau Tang


•    Green Mini Bus No. 20R from Tai Po to Wu Kau Tang

Car parking is available.

 Hiking - Plover Cove 2

Hiking - Plover Cove 3


Plover Cove Reservoir Country Trail starts at Wu Kau Tang public car park. Cross the bridge and turn right. At the information board turn left and begin with the ascent to Ma Tau Fung (295m).

Past Ma Tau Fung, follow the 2 km ridgeline trail to Chek Ma Tau and then Wang Leng Au. Wang Leng (311m) is the highest peak on this trail. Downhill and up again to a small plateau. Past Hung Shek Mun Au, another leg of challenging walk begins. Make your way through Shek Nga Tau, the route winds steadily up the 280m Luk Wu Tung.

Continue south for half a kilometre to Ngor Kai Teng. From there the route heads for Cheung Pai Tun via Fu Tau Sha and Sam Mun Shan.

Continue and pass through the south dam, north dam and spillway of Plover Cove Reservoir; the last uphill path to Pak Sha Tau till you reach the eastern end of the main dam. Here the Country Trail ends. However, you have to continue the walk for another 2½ km above the main dam for Tai Mei Tuk terminus.

The hills are not high, but you have to manage a lot of ascents and descents on this long trail.

Refresh yourself in one of the nice restaurants in Tai Mei Tuk before heading home.

Hiking - Plover Cove 4

Finishing Point

Tai Mei Tuk

•    KMB Bus No. 75K or Green Mini Bus No. 20C to Tai Po

•    KMB Bus No. 73X to Tai Wo Hau Station

•    KMB Bus No. 61M home


Hiking - Plover Cove 6

Bring a fully charged mobile phone, shirt to change in to after the hike, plenty of water, a small towel, waterproof sun block, mosquito repellent, and a hat. 

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. Twenty years ago his job brought them to Hong Kong where they continued hiking together.

christ'l truebenbach

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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