Hang a right and climb the stairs following signs for the ‘Hok Tau Family Walk’. One is quickly rewarded with stunning views across the lake below and mountains above. The well maintained dirt path then delves under the forest canopy, into a realm where light fights its way through the lush vegetation emerging in ethereal rays. Every now and then, a glimpse can be caught through the undergrowth of the surrounding hills. Keep an eye out for some of the delightful wildlife on offer in HK, especially on the quieter weekdays!
- There are a couple of ways to circumnavigate the reservoir, the simple way and the adventurous way. The simple way being to keep turning left and follow the well signposted Family Trail, taking just over an hour to complete.
- Or, follow the signs for ‘Sha Lo Tung’ to delve deeper into a genuinely remote portion of terrain. This route is can take up to three hours depending on your speed and navigation skills. The land flattens out as you pass by abandoned Hakka settlements, mountain vistas and multiple streams. But make sure to then take all left hand turns at junctions in the path if you wish to return towards Hok tau. There is the option to continue south over Cloudy Hill and back to Tai Po, but I recommend heading back to Hok Tau Reservior.
This far-flung corner of HK has an incredible amount on offer for those who enjoy venturing into the wild; a day trip here serves up an insight into Hong Kong’s past and the full scope of her landscape. Escaping to Hok Tau provides a peaceful retreat for those wishing to find space for reflection or satisfy a burning urge of wanderlust.