Hong Kong has some spectacular nature. Every time I go hiking in Hong Kong it just takes my breath away. This one, Pat Sing Leng Country Park, north-east of Hong Kong’s New Territories, is one of the tougher ones I’ve done. Rated difficulty 4 and going for 12.5km across a range of mountain tops, I was struggling a bit. Of the 6 hours hike, I’d say more than 2 hours are spent hiking up and we’re not talking a minor decline.
Pat Sing Leng – or the 8 immortals (/Gods) – features 8 peaks each named after a different immortal, the highest one going as high as 600m, which is not bad if you consider the fact that you have to start off from almost ground zero. Shun Yeung Fung (純陽峰), was especially a naughty one. My body was aching, but it was worth it.
Take a look at the photos, you tell me what you think…
BTW – If you’re looking for something less challenging, the Pat Sing Leng Nature Trail is much shorter – 2 hours – and much easier to do, leading to Bride’s Pool.
More information can be found in the following links:
Take the MTR to Kowloon Tong station, then the KCR to Tai Po Market 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 KCR 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 the KCR Tai Po Market station.