Mo Shan, the highest mountain in the territory, rises in the central of New Territories at an altitude of 957 meters. San On Yuen Chi, the district gazetteer written in 1820, records that the Tai Mo Shan resembles a big hat in the distance, with stone tower and tea plantation on the mountain[1]. The gazetteer does not elaborate whether the stone tower was artificial or natural in nature, however, lots of magnificent rocks indeed scatter over the mountain. Traces of tea terraces can also be found on its northern slope.

The Tai Mo Shan area offers numerous hiking trails. Apart from Tai Mo Shan Road, the main passage to the signal station on top, there are many other lesser known but scenic routes available, including those starts at Tsuen Kam Au, Shing Mun Reservoir, Chuen Lung, Lung Mun Country Trail, Yuen Tun Ha, Ng Tung Chai and Kwun Yam Shan (Kadoorie Farm).

Tsuen Kam AuTai Mo ShanLead Mine PassShing Mun Raod
Set out at Tsuen Kam Au. Follow the Tai Mo Shan Road (MacLehose Trail Stage 8 in reverse direction) and walk uphill. At the crossing, turn left and continue going up for a short distance (the road to the right leads to Youth Hostel). From there, leave the road, take the small path on the left and climb up to the signal station. Turn right and skirt around the station by the wire fence. Then join a downhill path to the right and follow a small catchwater. Climb down the paved slope and get back to Tai Mo Shan Road, joining the MacLehose Trail.

After passing by the main gate of the signal station, the road dips down to a pavilion (the path behind leads down to Ng Tung Chai), where it joins a muddy path.

Vantage point
Ascending Tai Mo Shan Road
Climbing over the smog
Sunny day
Pieces of cotton
The trail later leads you down to Lead Mine Pass where you can take a rest at the pavilion.
Tai To Yan
Approaching the summit
A giant rock at the middle slope
大帽山Signal station standing on the top
Magnificient rock
Floating clouds
Good visibility
Heading to Lead Mine Pass
Going down
Colors of dusk
Grassy Hill in the distance
From there, turn right (the path to the left goes down to San Uk Ka, Tai Po) and follow along the serviced road around Shing Mun Reservoir. Keep to the right athe the crossings and proceed to Shing Mun Road via Pineapple Dam.
Starting Point Route Duration Fare & Operating Hours
Bus No. 51 Tsuen Wan West Railway Station - Sheung Tsuen (Circular)
(Get Off : Country Park)
30 min Details
Finishing Point Route Duration Fare & Operating Hours
Minibus No. 82 Shing Mun Reservoir - Tsuen Wan (Shiu Wo Street)
(Get On : Shing Mun Road)
20 min Details
Route Tsuen Kam Au Tai Mo Shan Lead Mine Pass
Time   2. hrs   2 hrs 15 min  
  Shing Mun Raod      
  1 hr 15 min        
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 14.5 km
Supply None
  • At Lead Mine Pass, turn left and descent to San Uk Ka.
  • After going down from the signal station, there is a pavilion on the left. Take the path behind the pavilion and drop to Ng Tung Chai.
  • The last section of uphill path is rough and steep.
  • The descent from the signal station to Tai Mo Shan Road requires some clambering.
SummaryThe first part of the trail follows along the surfaced Tai Mo Shan Road while the last section climbing up to the signal station is strenuous. You may stay on the Tai Mo Shan Road to reach the summit instead. As you approach the top, Tai To Yan, Kai Kung Leng to the north and Grassy Hill to the east all come into view.
後感The city is haunted by smog in Winter as the northeast monsoon brings in continental pollutants. It’s better to go higher up to the mountain for a clearer visibility. Instead of following the lengthy road all the way up, we took a path we’ never tried. On our way to the signal station, it was so windy that we must halt and crouch for many times to avoid the sudden gusts of wind.
參考[1] 劉智鵬‧劉蜀永:「新安縣志」香港史料選‧和平圖書有限公司‧2007 (Reference material in Chinese)
Revision Hiking : 6 Jan 2007
Revised : 25 Nov 2014