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Section 1: Pak Tam Chung to Long Ke Section 6: Tai Po Road to Shing Mun
Section 2: Long Ke to Pak Tam Au Section 7: Shing Mun to Lead Mine Pass
Section 3: Pak Tam Au to Kei Ling Ha Section 8: Lead Mine Pass to Route Twisk
Section 4: Kei Ling Ha to Tate's Cairn Section 9: Route Twisk to Tin Fu Tsai
Section 5: Tate's Cairn to Tai Po Road Section 10: Tin Fu Tsai to Tuen Mun
   
Starting Point: Shing Mun Reservoir
Finishing Point: Lead Mine Pass
Length: 6.2 kilometres
Time: 2.5 hours
Difficulty: Fairly Difficult
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Introduction:
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 plant species.

Transport Access:
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.

Green Minibus
82 Tsuen Wan (Siu Wo Street) - Shing Mun Reservoir

 

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