|... exploring Hong Kong's other side...
SERENITY, SIMIANS & SINGHAS
(includes MacLehose Trail Stage 6 & Wilson Trail Stage 7)
Just 15 minutes from the bustling, noisy crowds of the market streets of Mong Kok lies a serene green oasis. Wedged in between Hong
Kong's highest mountain, Tai Mo Shan, and the appropriately named Needle and Grassy Hills, the Shing Mun Reservoir and surrounding
country park constitute a haven of oxygen and tranquility....
This is a place where you are pretty much guaranteed to encounter families of hustling monkeys, herds of feral cattle and an extensive
selection of Hong Kong's 240 species of butterflies. Yet, there are many other animals waiting to be spotted in the dense woodlands and over
the water. Tall trees line most of the walk but we will, occasionally, emerge into the open to enjoy great panoramas, most of which will be
devoid of buildings. Indeed, there will be times when you could be forgiven for believing that you had been secretly transported to another
country. Only the odd group of merry septuagenarian hikers with ill-tuned transistor radios might remind you of where you really are....
Using a combination of gently climbing paved roads, rough hiking trails and level gravel jogging paths, we pass families of the aforementioned
macaques as we link the Kowloon and Shing Mun Reservoirs and the tranquil woodlands of the country parks with the dormitory town of Tai
Po, where we suggest ending the hike with a well-deserved Thai lunch.
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have agreed to have entered into a disclaimer which exonerates the outing leaders and the organizers from any personal or public responsibility whatsoever
and for any claims, injuries or damages arising thereof.