Ashort distance northwest of Sha Tin Pass, the Wilson
Trail offers the first glimpse of the northern
regions that it later crosses. Section 5 descends
some gravelly hills. Here, along a bracken path,
splendid vistas open up of the far northwest.
Pencil pines and thick stands of paperbarks, yellow-brown
bark peeling, spread over the hills, while in the
valley richer hues show native trees which have
propagated naturally. Beard-like orange mosses
and gray-green lichens edge the path. Dwarf bamboos and sedges hem in the small gully streams swinging out along the path, an opposite ridge closes in
the scene. Then, around a corner, the vistas suddenly
open up. Sha Tin’s tower blocks extend to the left
beneath the foothills – and far off the ramparts
of Pat Sin Leng rise up, 15 kilometres due north
but over twice that distance as reached along the
Farther on, by a distinctive pine
knoll, is a fine panorama of the southern New Territories.
Sha Tin is now in central view, cradled between
the Tai Mo Shan and Ma On Shan massifs. All the
region’s main summits are in sight: the great bulk
of Tai Mo Shan, the sharp profile of Needle Hill,
Grassy Hill’s rounded summit – and, to the right,
the magnificent uplands around Ma On Shan and The
Public Transport Take the MTR to Wong Tai Sin station,
then take a taxi to Sha Tin Pass. The start point
of Section 5 is 50 metres north of Sha Tin Pass,
as described below.
Taxi Distance and Time
Kowloon Star Ferry to Sha
Tin Pass – 8 km, about 25 minutes.
Section Start Point
is best hiked with Section 4, which ends at Sha
Tin Pass. To do Section 5 alone, from Chuk Yuen
North Estate, just north of the MTR Wong Tai Sin
station, go up Sha Tin Pass Road. At the Sha Tin
Pass food kiosk, walk north for 50 metres to the
Country Parks map (W047). Section 5 starts by continuing
out along the road. The food stall at Sha Tin Pass
sells drinks and cooked food.
Section End Point
To begin Section 6, cross Tai Po Road and walk right for 200 metres. To return home, take Bus 81 to the MTR Prince Edward or Sham Shui Po Station.