Kap Lung Ancient Trail
Ancient Trail Story
Kap Lung Ancient Trail is located in Tai Lam Country Park and was named after Kap Lung Village. This ancient trail was built by villagers. It was the main route taken by farmers in the vicinity of Pat Heung, Shek Kong and Lui Kung Tin, who climbed mountains and ridges for selling the produce they carried on their shoulders in the markets in Tsuen Wan. On one side of this stone paved ancient trail is Kap Lung Ancient Village, which has been around for more than 200 years. The ancestors of indigenous inhabitants were natives of Shandong’s “Longchuan”. One of their descendants’ families moved to Muk Min Ha in Tsuen Wan during the Ming dynasty. Because of serious pirate invasion, some moved to Chuen Lung in Tai Mo Shan while some others moved to Kap Lung. Indigenous Kap Lung inhabitants with the surname Tsang had moved out from the 1950s. The village is now the home to a few non- indigenous inhabitants.
Kap Lung Ancient Trail is densely lined with trees. With the natural canopy, a walk in summer does not feel as hot. The stone steps of the ancient trail are very sturdy as each is made of one to three large granite rock. There are crevices left between the rocks for draining rainwater. Ancient people were indeed very clever when they built the trail.
Walk downhill along the meandering rock-paved path, which crosses multiple times with streams; the sound of flowing water can be heard. Two stone tablets can be found in the jungle on the left of the later section of the ancient trail. These tablets were incised with “go west to Kam Tin Yuen Long, north to Toi Shan Shenzhen” and “go left to Toi Shan Shenzhen, right to Lam Tsuen Tai Po”. No fork is seen next to the stone tablet. Perhaps the old footpath has already vanished into the woods. The end section is a plantation of Brisbane Box and Gum Trees. The view is magnificent and compares to the popular photo spot in Shing Mun’s Paper-bark Tree forest!
The route on this website is introduced to be conveniently accessible by public transport, which may differ from the actual alignment of the ancient path.
Keep the noise down in the countryside
Respect villagers and their properties
Do not enter private places or architectures that might pose hazards of collapsing
Do not pick any farm produce
Do not climb on or take away any item in the village
Take your litter home
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Entrance of Kap Lung Ancient Trail
Stone tablet - West toward Yuen Long Kam Tin, North toward Shenzhen Toi Shan
Stone tablet - Left toward Shenzhen Toi Shan , Right toward Tai Po Lam Tsuen
Overlooking Tai To Yan