Ma On Shan Country Trail
Country Trail

Trail Summary

Length
4.5 km
Duration
2 hours
Region
Central New Territories
Overall Difficulty (2-Star Moderate)

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Gradient (Rating 3-Star)

Surface (Rating 2-Star)

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With rich deposits of magnetite and haematite in the granite of Ma On Shan, mining activities were recorded between 1906 and 1976 and ores can still be found with a magnet today.  Back then miners and their families settled around the mine and formed a village, now known as Ma On Shan Village.  After being shut down for a very long time, the school and the church in the village have been revitalised and turned into Grace Youth Camp, showcasing the mining history a century ago and allowing public visitors to explore the history of Ma On Shan.  The first part of the country trail, although characterised by a series of stone steps that wind up the slopes, is totally worth the trek, as it leads to the grassy plain of Ngong Ping, with a lookout on the hillside overlooking islands stretching from Sai Kung Town to Port Shelter, and High Island Reservoir in Sai Kung East Country Park in the distance.  The magnificent sunrise here has attracted many people to Ngong Ping Campsite, where paragliders jump off and fly freely in the valley at weekends.  In autumn, hikers may also hike Pyramid Hill, which extends as far south as a stone-built ancient trail through the golden grassland.  Along the way, there is a plantation of Taiwan Acacia, which can survive the toughest conditions – it can not only survive on barren land, but also tolerate fire and resprout after fire, making it an ideal firebreak to prevent the spread of hill fire.


Transportation Information

Start Point
Take public transport to Hang On Estate or Yiu On Estate. Then walk uphill along Ma On Shan Tsuen Road (near the roundabout of Ma On Shan Road) for 30 minutes to reach Ma On Shan Barbecue Site.

Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) routes - 40X, 43X, 85K, 85M, 86K, 87D, 87K, 89C and 99
Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) and New World First Bus (NWFB) Joint-Operated routes - 680 and 681
New World First Bus (NWFB) route - 682
Village minibus route - NR84 (MOSTown or Yiu On Estate in Ma On Shan to Ma On Shan Country Park Stop.)


End Point
Take a 10 minutes walk from Tai Shui Tseng, walk along Po Lo Che Road to reach Hiram's Highway for leaving.

Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) routes - 92 and 96R (96R only runs on Sundays and public holidays.)
New World First Bus (NWFB) routes - 792M
Green Minibus routes - 1, 1A, 12 , 101M and 3

The transportation information provided in this website is for reference only. Please check the updated transportation information from the websites of Transport Department and relevant transport utilities before setting off.

Hong Kong eTransport web page
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Route Map

The below map showing the route and the scenic spots along the hiking trail.
For details, please refer to the transportation information above and photos captions text below.

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