Section Four includes dramatic mountain scenery --
and very strenuous climbs. Beginning at Kei Ling
Ha, the route winds through Ma On Shan Country
Park (2,880 hectares), then continues on towards
the Kowloon peaks.
The route climbs up the sheer
eastern face of Ma On Shan. It bypasses the 'horse
saddle' summit, 702 metres, then leads south along
the ridges. Here the Trail crosses a memorable
upland area, the undulating plateau south of Pyramid
Hill -- above Sai Kung. Section Four continues south
along impressive village boulder pathways, past
Buffalo Hill, and so on to Tate's Cairn.
The slopes of Ma On Shan have
a vegetation divide common in Hong Kong -- its
north-facing slopes have woodland but its south-facing
slopes support only grassland or shrubland. Throughout
the year, south-facing slopes receive more solar
radiation (or sunlight) -- and so remain drier.
South-facing slopes are also dried by the prevailing,
southerly winds, and they receive the full force
of typhoons. North-facing slopes, by contrast,
are cooler, damper and more sheltered -- and so
they can better support trees.
On Ma On Shan's eastern face woodland spreads around to the north slopes -- where there is rich woodland, including ashes, oaks, laurels, camellias and rhododendrons. Even higher up, Ma On Shan's northern ravines and gullies have a remarkable diversity of flora. But the southern slopes of Ma On Shan are almost entirely grassland, with only pockets of shrubs and woodland. As a result, this southerly plateau has an exhilarating, open feeling.
One popular route to get to Ngong Ping is by means of the Ma On Shan country trail via the disused mine and Ma On Sha Tsuen. Take bus or minibus and get off at Hang On Estate or Yiu On Estate, walk uphill along Ma On Shan Tsuen Road (near the roundabout of Ma On Shan Road) for 30 minutes to reach the entrance. Infrequent village bus (NR84) operates from Ma On Shan Station (Sunshine City Plaza) to Ma On Shan Tsuen.
43X Tsuen Wan West Station - Yiu On Bus Terminus
81C Tsim Sha Tsui East (Mody Road) - Yiu On Bus Terminus
85K Shatin Station - Heng On Bus Terminus
85S Hung Hom Ferry - Yiu On Bus Terminus (only runs during morning peak hours on Mondays to Saturdays, except public holidays)
87P Chung On Bus Terminus - Lee on Bus Terminus (only runs during morning peak hours on Mondays to Fridays, except public holidays)
89C Kwun Tong (Tsui Ping Road) - Heng On Bus Terminus
99 Sai Kung - Heng On Bus Terminus
281X Tsim Sha Tsui East (Mody Road) - Yiu On Bus Terminus (only runs during morning peak hours on Mondays to Saturdays, except public holidays)
681P Sheung Wan - Ma On Shan (Yiu On Estate) (Express) (only runs during morning peak hours on Mondays to Saturdays, except public holidays)
801 Fo Tan (Cheung Lek Mei Street) - Yiu On Estate
808P Prince of Wales Hospital - Heng On Estate (Morning Service) (only runs during morning peak hours on Mondays to Saturdays, except public holidays)
811S Sui Wo Court - Yiu On Estate (Morning Service)
NR84 Ma On Shan Station - Ma On Shan Tsuen
There is a flushing toilet at Shui Long Wo, the start point of section 4.