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Hiking - Pat Sin Leng PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christ'l Truebenbach   
Sunday, 04 January 2015 17:52


11,1 km – 4½ hours

Level of difficulty: difficult

 Pat Sin Leng 1

Starting Point

Hok Tau Wai


·         CTB No. 962B → Sam Shing Bus Terminus

·         KMB No. 261 → Sheung Shui MTR Station

·         MTR → Fanling

·         Green Mini Bus No. 52B → Hok Tau Wai

If you go by car (45 minutes) you can park your car on Hok Tau Road.

 Pat Sin Leng Map

Pat Sin Leng, the mountains of the Eight Immortals in Chinese mythology, are in the northeast New Territories. There are eight peaks along the mountain range, each named after a different Immortal.

Start at Hok Tau Wai and follow Hok Tau Road to the reservoir. It is one of Hong Kong's smallest water storages with the imposing mountain range rising steeply behind it.

The first climb up is about 500 metres and steep. Yes, the climb to the top is strenuous, but the views on fine days over Tolo Harbour and the mountains to the south as well as those across the country park and into China to the north are spectacular and truly worth the effort. There are more ups and downs to come to the main peak of the range, Shun Yeung Fung (591 m). Remember, you are hiking in the area of the Eight Immortals, and finally the trail descends for another long hour to Tai Mei Tuk at the Plover Cove Reservoir.

Pat Sin Leng with its frequent ascents and descents, ranks first among Hong Kong's mountains by level of difficulty.

There are not many places in the world where one can experience such contrasts of wild beauty and urban development.

  Pat Sin Leng - 2 Pat Sin Leng 3

Tai Mei Tuk translated means “at the very end”. It is a Chinese weekend destination for cycling. In the small village there are a lot of restaurants. My favorite one is the Café de Country Art.  

 Pat Sin Leng 4

Pat Sin Leng Profile

Finishing Point

Tai Mei Tuk


·         Bus No.75K or 275R (Sundays and public holidays) → Tai Po Market MTR Station

·         MTR → Sheung Shui

·         KMB No. 261 → Sam Shing Bus Terminus

·         CTB 962B → Gold Coast

Bring a shirt for change, small towel, waterproof sun block, mosquito repellent, hiking boots are recommended, a hat, and enough water. Don’t forget your mobile phone!

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.

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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 Monday, 05 January 2015 15:11
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