Continuing down the northern slopes of Cloudy Hill,
the Wilson Trail descends through attractive
uplands. Section 9 looks across to still grander
country, where the Trail later winds up into
the Pat Sin range and along its serrated ridgeline.
Undulating heathland begins the descent. Gaps
between the hills reveal the far north New Territories,
with its narrow plains before the Shenzhen River.
Ahead and to the right the magnificent bulk of
Pat Sin Leng draws steadily closer.
Lower down, now close above the ox-bow waters
of tiny Hok Tau Reservoir, is one of the most delightful
settings in Hong Kong. Surrounded by slopes of
pink flowering melastoma and other shrubs, armies
of frogs croaking below, one overlooks a secluded
valley. Farther off ridges recede into the background,
each framing another still higher one – right back
to Ma On Shan, some 12 kilometres distant.
Down at Hok Tau, the path skirts
the reservoir with its fringe of lush growth. Then
it leads up through a pine forest, before turning
straight uphill to begin the ascent to Pat Sin
Leng. Up and up – a rocky trail and stone steps
push to the top. Pausing for breath the views are
majestic. Pat Sin Leng sweeps up, slopes rising
towards a cliff edge escarpment. Down in the valley
a stream meanders through woodland.
Higher still the entire region
reveals itself. Beyond an intervening saddle the
villages of Sha Lo Tung appear, abandoned and overgrown.
Across the farther ridgeline the tips of Tai Po’s
buildings come into view, with Ma On Shan rising
across Tolo Channel. Beyond a ravine, wild and
inhospitable, stand the Shenzhen skyscrapers –
supremely surreal seen from here.
Take the MTR to Tai Po Market MTR Station. From there take a taxi
to Tai Po Tau Drive.
Taxi Distance and Time
Star Ferry to Tai Po Tau Drive – 24 km, about 40
Section Start Point
Section 9 starts on the summit of Cloudy Hill. The shortest way there is from Tai Po Tau Drive, as for the northern part of Section 8. To shorten the hike distance, you can begin at Hok Tau Reservoir. To reach there, take the MTR to Fanling station and take the Hok Tau minibus. Provisions are available at Tai Po and Fanling.
52B Fanling Station - Hok Tau
Section End Point
Hsien Ku Fung, the easternmost Pat Sin summit. To begin Section 10, continue on downhill. To return home, a short way downhill turn right onto the Tai Mei Tuk trail. From Tai Mei Tuk Bus 75K or 275R (Sundays and public holidays) runs to Tai Po Market MTR Station.
75K Tai Mei Tuk Bus Terminus - Tai Po Market Station
275R Brides Pool - Tai Po Market Station (only runs on Sundays and public holidays)