Section Seven, the Trail's second shortest section,
is memorable for its ridgetop views. Set in Shing
Mun Country Park (1,400 hectares), the Trail
looks over Sha Tin valley -- and over the reservoir-filled
bowl of the Shing Mun valley.
The route starts at the impressive
main dam of Shing Mun Reservoir. From there it
ascends some rough, gravelly slopes leading up
to Needle Hill, before making a steep descent down
the other side. The route, now a road, continues
on to Grassy Hill, 647 metres -- with superb panoramas.
Finally, after a gradual descent by road from Grassy
Hill, Section Seven ends at Lead Mine Pass.
The Trail looks over Shing Mun
Reservoir, completed in 1937 and then one of the
world's largest water storages. Seventy hectares
of fields and eight Hakka villages were submerged
under the reservoir, and villagers had to be
re-settled elsewhere. Two high dams enclose Shing
Mun Reservoir, which can hold up to 13.3 million m3 of water.
At the reservoir's south end is
an excellent Country Parks visitors centre, with
displays showing both natural and human heritage
-- and the Shing Mun vegetation. The valley highlights
the benefits of widespread, extremely effective
government reforestation. Photos show that in the
post-war years Shing Mun valley was almost devoid
of trees -- but today woodland spreads far up the
slopes of Tai Mo Shan. Much of this woodland results
from plantations of introduced species, but it
is now helped by natural propogation from old feng
shui woodland -- enriching the valley with native
Visitors can take the green minibus route no. 82 at Tsuen Wan Shiu Wo Street to Shing Mun Reservoir, then walk along 1 km to the starting point of this section. There is a flushing toilet and a camp site at Lead Mine Pass.
A food kiosk is located just next to the minibus station.
82 Tsuen Wan (Siu Wo Street) - Shing Mun Reservoir