Cycling Ma On Shan to Tai Mei Tuk
We’re kicking off our road trip with the easiest of all the rides, a 23-kilometer route along the New Territories Cycle Network.
It is within easy reach of the city, and bikes can be hired and dropped off at various points along the way. This family-friendly route makes for a great day out if you accompany children. Being a car-free environment, the cycle track makes for a very safe and relaxing experience, but it’s easy to forget the need to look out for other riders. So remember to look around before pulling out and overtaking others.
We’ll tour along Ma On Shan Promenade, where expansive views across Tolo Harbor will accompany you much of the way. There are places to stop and relax, including cafés at the Science Park.
The giant Guan Yin statue towering over the Tsz Shan Monastery is a great photo opportunity, as is the bustling activity around the so-called bike rental capital in Tei Mei Tuk Village.
The prize for completing this route is the ride across the Tei Mei Tuk Reservoir dam. Along its impressive stretch, you’ll find cyclists ambling from one side to the other. On one side of the crossing is a vast reservoir; on the other is Plover Clove and Tolo Harbor.
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- Beginning at Wu Ka Sha MTR station at Exit A1, cross the walkway, take the elevator down the road, turn left onto the cycle track, and follow signs to Ma On San Promenade.
- Reaching the promenade, the expansive views across Tolo Harbor will remain on your right for most of the journey.
- Reaching the end of the promenade, ride across a small bridge.
- At the second bridge on the right, cross over the Shing Mun River. From here, the cycle path heads inland.
- The Science Park is a great stop-off point for some refreshments.
- Cross the bridge over the Lam Tsen River to join the Yeun Shin Road, where you skirt around an industrial estate and on through a couple of underpasses.
- Exit the underpass, join Ting Kok Road, and coast out of Tai Po.
- Look out for the towering deity below the Tsz Shan Monastery.
- After passing through Tai Mei Tuk Village (Hong Kong’s bike rental capital), continue until you reach the entrance to Plover Country Park. Pass through the gate up the hill to find Tei Mei Tuk reservoir and its dam crossing.
- Return back along the dam into Tai Mei Tuk Village where you will find buses and other transport options