Located between northwestern Kowloon and Sha Tin, Shing Mun Country Park is indeed synonymous for its populations of wild monkeys. However, the area has plenty of other attractions to offer folk from all walks of life. The area possesses an easy-going nature and family trail around Shing Mun Reservoir, showcasing the very best of the region’s scenery and the great diversity of HK’s wildlife. Then for the more intrepid, there are many options for more exciting hiking trails running up to Tai Mo Shan, including both the Wilson and Maclehose Trails.
- The simple way being to keep turning right from Pineapple Dam and follow the shoreline in a clockwise direction (Pineapple Dam Nature Trail > Shing Mun Jogging Trail). Going this way there are more points of interest early on and provides the option to turn back after some time if you prefer a short stroll rather than going all the way around the reservoir.
- For those that fancy more of a challenge, there are several routes to follow, primarily the Lung Mun Trail heading West, or both the Wilson and Maclehose Trails that can be done alone as a return hike, or combined to make a loop via Needle Hill. For the most courageous, try a river walk up the Tai Shing Stream!
Heading back to Tuen Wan from the country park is equally simple as finding your way in.
This discreetly tucked away corner of rural HK has an incredible amount on offer for those who enjoy venturing into the wild, escaping to Shing Mun provides a peaceful retreat at the doorstep of those wishing to find space for reflection or satisfy a burning urge of wanderlust.