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Section 1 Stanley to Wong Nai Chung Section 6 Tai Po Road to Shing Mun Reservoir
Section 2 Wong Nai Chung to Yau Tong Section 7 Shing Mun Reservoir to Yuen Tun Ha
Section 3 Yau Tong to Chan Lan Shui Section 8 Yuen Tun Ha to Kowloon Hang Shan
Section 4 Tseng Lan Shui to Sha Tin Au Section 9 Kowloon Hang Shan to Pat Sin Leng
Section 5 Sha Tin Au to Tai Po Road Section 10 Pat Sin Leng to Nam Chung
   
Starting Point: Cloudy Hill
Finishing Point: Pat Sin Leng
Length: 10.6 kilometres
Time: 4.5 hours
Difficulty: Very Difficult
   

Introduction:
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.

Transport Access:
Take the MTR to Tai Po Market MTR Station. From there take a taxi to Tai Po Tau Drive.

Taxi Distance and Time Kowloon Star Ferry to Tai Po Tau Drive – 24 km, about 40 minutes.

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.

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.

 

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