Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Thousand Islands - Tai Lam Chung Reservoir (大欖涌水塘)

(Updated 2020-11-30)


(3 kilometers)
2 hours

7/10. The last bit, which is the ascension to the top of the hill where you get the view is a steep dirt path that is quite slippery.
There is an easier way to get there, with steps to the viewpoint:
Cel phone coverage: Everywhere

Water needs: 0.5 liter

Appreciation: 7/10. I don't care all that much for hikes that are back and forth. There's the one view of the reservoir which is interesting but to me, there are much better trails around reservoirs in HK.

Transportation: Get to Tuen Mun MTR station. Take green minibus 43 in front of the market on Ho Pong Street. Get off at the end in So Kwun Wat Tsuen. Return via green minibus 43 to Tuen Mun MTR station.

Why it's worth it:


You can take exit C at Tuen Mun and try to take 43 at the minibus stop. However, that's pretty much the end point and the driver might not let you in. Instead...
... walk out and to Ho Pong street, the Green Minibus stop is in front of the market. Take it there.

Upon your arrival in So Kwun Wat Tsuen (that's the last stop before the bus loops back to the MTR), as you get off the minibus, the trail starts on the left of the temple. You will see a sign for Chan Uk Tsuen which shows the way.

About 300m into the hike, you'll get to an intersection at point #2, keep going straight

Another further 400-500m and you'll reach MacLehose section 10. Turn left.

You will only have about 100-150m to do on Mac 10 until you see a flight of stairs on your right, as well as a PCCW (I think?) sign on your left. That's the entry point to the dirt path that goes up the hill towards the various viewpoints
Right after the stairs, you'll see the dirt "path" on your left. It is not clearly marked but it should not be a problem to find your way up
The path is pretty much like this all the way up...

No rule here; just look back from time to time and once you are happy with the view, you have arrived! (I'd say about 20-30 minutes)
Just retrace your steps back to the minibus when done

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Please, don't litter!

Hiking is about communion with nature. So please pickup after yourself. There's no excuse to leave plastic bags, water bottles or any rubbish on or around the trails; if you managed to bring it, you can manage to bring it back!