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Tai Mo Shan Trail

Usually hot and humid, Hong Kong is the kind of place where people will make special trips to mountaintops to look at icicles during cold spells. Tai Mo Shan is the place to check out the frost on those rare winter days when the peak drops to below zero temperatures. Hong Kong's highest mountain, Tai Mo Shan reaches 957 meters. The peak and its surrounding country park record the highest rainfall and the coldest temperatures in the territory.

It is also home to Hong Kong's highest waterfall, the 35-meter Long Falls. Being the tallest peak in Hong Kong's New Territories, the views are splendid. On a clear day, much of Kowloon, Victoria Harbour and even Hong Kong Island can be seen. The park is home to more than 100 species of birds and butterflies. But it's also got tons of snakes, including the bamboo snake, which you will spot alongside hiking trails if you're lucky.

On this occasion we trekked Maclehose Stage 8, Grassy Hill Loop and Shin Mun Reservoir East Bank. That's about 19 KM, 7 seven hours, all in a mist.
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