Hiking enthusiasts seek to conquer famous hilltops such as Sharp Peak in Sai Kung and Lantau Peak on Lantau Island.
However, the task would be a bit challenging for beginner hikers, who might want to first build up their strength and confidence before taking on those demanding peaks.
Going up Cloudy Hill (九龍坑山) starting from Lau Shui Heung Reservoir would be a good training for them.
Located on the northwest side of Lung Shan, Lau Shui Heung, which literally means sound of running water, is a freshwater pool that was once used to irrigate nearby agricultural fields.
While ascending the country trail, I could see Kwan Tei, Ping Che and even Shenzhen in the north.
Then, at the junction where there’s an information board and a pavilion, I switched to the Wilson Trail Section 9 for Cloudy Hill.
The 420-meter-tall hilltop was so named because legend has it that clouds were brought to the peak and settled there.
At the top, I could see Tai Po market and Tolo Harbor in miniature.
A swarm of butterflies accompanied me on the way back from the hilltop. I wondered if they came from Sha Lo Tung Valley on the eastern side of Cloudy Hill, which is a known hub of butterflies and dragonflies.
As the sound of running stream got louder, the reservoir came back to sight. The barbecue area is well equipped with pits, benches and tables, an ideal place to hang out with friends at daybreak.
To go to / return from Lau Shui Heung: Take the green minibus route 52B at Fanling MTR Station and get off at Hok Tau Wai.
Time: About 3.5 hours
Reference: Government website with map
This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Nov. 18, 2014.
Translation by Darlie Yiu with additional reporting
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