MacLehose Trail (Section 6)Tai Po Road to Shing Mun
MacLehose Trail

Trail Summary

4.6 km
1.5 hours
Central New Territories
Overall Difficulty (2-Star Moderate)

Length (Rating 2-Star)

Duration (Rating 2-Star)

Gradient (Rating 2-Star)

Surface (Rating 2-Star)

Shading Level
(3 green leaves represent high shading level)

  • (Low)

Overall Rating (5 hearts is the highest)

(Rating 2-Heart)

The sixth section is the shortest and easiest section of the MacLehose Trail.  It is, therefore, quite popular among novice hikers. Leaving from Tai Po Road for Shing Mun Reservoir via Kowloon Reservoir, you will see Macaques roaming in groups on the way. The Macaques we can see now are the descendants of the ones previously introduced in Hong Kong with a view to ensuring the safety of fresh water by having them eat poisonous plants, the strychnos plants. Kowloon Reservoir was built in the 1920s, and the cluster of reservoirs comprises Kowloon Reservoir, Kowloon Byewash Reservoir, Kowloon Reception Reservoir and Shek Lei Pui Reservoir. The main dam, valve house, spillway dam, spillway dam recorder house and another recorder house are all declared monuments in Hong Kong. The magnificent dam and energetic Macaques make this section particularly bubbly compared with other sections. Make your way along Smuggler's Ridge to learn about the history of Battle of Hong Kong from Shing Mun Redoubt, Shaftesbury Avenue, and Regent Street and overlook Tsuen Wan and Kwai Chung there, which are bustling with life, prompting us to not only appreciate the value of the local hiking trails but also treasure their proximity to the city.

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Transportation Information

Start Point
Take public transport to "Shek Lei Pui Reservoir" bus stop.

Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) route -  72 and 81

End Point
Take the Green Minibus route no. 82 at Pineapple Dam of Shing Mun Reservoir to Tsuen Wan, or continue the walk for 20 minutes to "Ho Fung College" Bus Stop at Wo Yi Hop Road and take public transport to leave.

KMB - 32, 36, 40X, 46P, 46X, 47X, 48X, 73X, 278X, N36, 40P, 46P, 47A, 234C, 273C, 273P, 278P
Green Minibus - 94, 312, 403, 403A, 403X, 94S (94S only runs on Sundays and public holidays)

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

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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