Hok Tau and Sha Lo Tung
Hidden in the north-east New Territories are two small irrigation reservoirs,
Hok Tau Reservoir and Lau Shui Heung Reservoir. With the demise of agriculture the
function of the reservoirs has been lost, but they're still being maintained and
are set in a really beautiful wooded area.
After visiting the reservoirs we walk to the swampy plateau of Sha Lo Tung, now
famous for the many dragonflies, and home to the historic Hakka village of the same
This route starts at Lau Shui Heung reservoir, from where we walk via the Fire
Lookout (map marker 2) to Hok Tau Reservoir.
After that we walk through the lush woods towards the wetlands of Sha Lo
Tung, an abandoned village in a very tranquil environment. This area is surrounded
by hills, allowing water to collect here. The buildings of the two main villages
here are rated grade II historical buildings, and the area is a major habitat of
dragonflies and damselflies. Explore the typical Hakka houses, and see
how the people there lived.
In Sha Lo Tung is a small restaurant service snacks including dou-fu-fa, the sweet
From there we walk down via Fung Yuen, where we may pay a visit to the
Butterfly Reserve, and take a bus or minibus to Tai Po Market MTR station.
- Meet 9:30 at Fanling MTR station, from there take taxi to Lau Shui Heung
- Walk up to the Fire Lookout to enjoy the views over the area
(map marker 1).
- Down the other side, and walk around Hok Tau reservoir (map marker 2).
- Follow the river on to Sha Lo Tung (map marker 3) to explore the old
- Down to Fung Yuen (map marker 4).
- Walk to Ting Kok Road to catch a minibus or taxi to Tai Po Market MTR
This is an easy going walk of about 8 km, with limited height differences.
After finishing the walk we may stop at Tai Po Hui Market for a simple lunch.
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Fee per person: HK$ 130, including transport from Fanling MTR to starting point and
a bowl of dou-fu-fa at Sha Lo Tung.