Robin’s Nest, or Hung Fa Leng in Chinese, is a 13-km hike that offers magnificent city views, a peak into an old mine, lots of old and current forts, and a peek at a cave along the Hong Kong-Shenzhen border. The trail runs along an area in the northeast corner of Hong Kong in the New Territories, which used to be a forbidden zone and is now partially open to hikers.
Its two long climbs are tough but full of interesting spots. Offering a challenging and rewarding journey that entwines verdant woods, serene creeks, and awe-inspiring vistas, it presents a stark contrast to bustling urban life.
Soaring to an impressive 495 meters, the peak of Robin’s Nest is not only a natural paradise, but it also boasts a panoramic view of Shenzhen across the border in the Chinese Mainland. The trek to the top serves as a stunning reminder of the intricate balance between man-made marvels and mother nature.
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Get to the start: Take the Shau Tau Kok minibus from Sheung Shui or Tai Po and get off at Tim Tao Ha village.
- Follow the road up towards the mountain till it’s end then look for the path that continues up the steep climb to Ma Tseuk Long.
- Continue up the second peak and then drop down on the back side following ribbons down and then along till you reach the old mine.
- This part is tricky so suggest you use our google map to continue onto the cave, before moving onto Macintosh Fort.
Get home: Head up the path to Robin’s Nest and then down to the track which will take you back to the main road.