Section Six, the shortest section along the Trail,
runs through some steep hills between the Kowloon
reservoirs and Shing Mun Reservoir. Here, in
Kam Shan Country Park (337 hectares), the landscape
is much altered by man.
The route begins by the old Tai
Po Road, then winds amongst the Kowloon reservoirs
and through nearby hills. Beyond Golden Hill the
Trail heads north-west, following the valley that
lies below Smugglers' Ridge. Farther on, across
the ridge, Section Six descends along a steep path
past wartime defences -- to end at the south end
of Shing Mun Reservoir.
This section, lower than most, begins
near the Kowloon reservoirs -- which were built
during the 1920s. Along here are communities of
rhesus macaques, Hong Kong's indigenous monkey.
Rhesus macaques had almost disappeared from Hong
Kong by early this century, because of hunting
and forest habitat loss -- and those seen today
are descended from macaques brought here by man.
Feeding the macaques is not permitted, and may
The final few kilometres along
Smuggler's Ridg pass major wartime ruins -- Gin
Drinkers Line and the Shing Mun Redoubt. Built
during the 1930s, Gin Drinkers Line was a string
of trenches, pill-boxes and bunkers stretching
across the New Territories. Also built then, the
massive Shing Mun Redoubt (or underground fortress)
was the strongpoint of Gin Drinkers Line. Today
the redoubt's ghostly tunnel entrances protrude
from the gravelly hills, looking over Shing Mun
valley towards Lead Mine Pass and Tai Mo Shan.
To get to the starting point of Tai Po Road,
from MTR Prince Edward or Shum Shui Po Stations
take Bus 81.
A public toilet is at Tai Po Road
just beneath the footbridge.