Lau Shui Heung and Hok Tau Reservoir: a Fanling easy day hike

Lau Shui Heung Reservoir and Hok Tau Reservoir are both in the Pak Sin Leng Country Park and makes for an easy day hike. Since going to just one is such a short affair, combining them together is perfect and you get both a good view of a reservoir on the ground and from above.

Note: remember that you cannot swim in ANY of the reservoirs in Hong Kong

Summary of Lau Shui Heung and Hok Tau Reservoir hike 

Hok Tau Reservoir viewed from above new territories hong kong - laugh travel eat

Time taken: 2-3 hours, depending on how long you spend taking photos

Difficulty: ⅖ – there are a fair amount of stairs from one reservoir to another

Pros: an easy hike with mountains and water

Cons: concrete trail in and out relatively boring 

Heading to Lau Shui Heung Reservoir

I highly recommend starting at Lau Shui Heung Reservoir, although you can do the route the other way around as well since it’s on the same minibus.

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Make your way to Fanling East Rail Station and take the exit A to the minibus station. The minibus 52B goes to Hok Tau and you can queue for it at the end of the second from the left station. It’s just next to the minibus stop to Luk Keng that goes towards the starting point of Ping Nam Stream.

Let the driver know that you’re getting off at the roundabout of Pak Sin Leng Country Park, where you can start the walk to Lau Shui Heung Reservoir.

Lau Shui Heung Reservoir

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The concrete road that the minibus passed by is the trail in. It is a relatively monotonous journey but it only takes around 20 minutes to reach the reservoir.

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You’ll find a public bathroom – the last one you’ll find on this hike – and you can get on the dam from the path behind it.

Lau Shui Heung Reservoir Dam

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The dam is a dead end, but it does give a splendid view of the whole reservoir. The terrain is relatively flat and when the water is still, it forms a perfect mirror surface.

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Once you’ve taken enough photos, head back up to the path that continues past the public bathroom. 

The trail transitions from concrete to a paved small path, taking you past the BBQ site and then to a junction.

From the dam you could see a line of trees, take the little bridge to cross the stream and the path will lead you there.

Line of Trees

The symmetry of the trees and the water is reminiscent of Nami Island near Seoul. It’s a great place to get some photos.

Again, this is also a dead end and you need to loop back to where the concrete road changes to a small paved trail to go to Hok Tau Reservoir.

Alternatively, you can also leave but then this would be a half-day hike only!

Lau Shui Heung Reservoir to Hok Tau Reservoir 

There’s a flight of stairs by the transition and it leads to the Hok Tau Reservoir. It’s a long climb but also the only true uphill stretch of the entire hike, so hang in there!

Once you get to the top, it’s a relatively flat trail with small flights of stairs here and there. We also caught a glimpse of Pak Sin Leng.

Lau Shui Heung Reservoir to hok tau reservoir new territories hong kong - laugh travel eat

Stick to the main trail and there shouldn’t be any problems.

Look out for a slope warning sign for a glimpse of the Hok Tau Reservoir from above.

Lau Shui Heung Reservoir to hok tau reservoir new territories hong kong - laugh travel eat

At the big junction there are signs pointing you to the correct path and for Hok Tau, it’s to the left and down.

It started with a small incline, then quickly became a series of stairs. The stairs feel longer here hence I recommend hiking in this direction.

Hok Tau Reservoir 

The stairs end at a sign and flat trail, which is on the perimeter of the Hok Tau Reservoir but higher in elevation. Go left and the glimpses of the reservoir here is better than the view from the bridge at the bottom.

This eventually leads you to a narrow and long flight of concrete stairs that takes you to the bridge/dam.

You can walk along it a little for a look around, but the view is limited since you’re almost on the water with a high fence.

Getting out of Hok Tau Reservoir 

The concrete way by the stairs and the bridge leads you out to Hok Tau – passing the campsite.

There’s a minibus stand at the end but this isn’t the end stop, you need to go left before it towards the village and wait there. Otherwise, it’s likely to be full and you won’t get on!

Written by Nam Cheah

Hi, my name is Nam. I am 24 and spent half my life in Hong Kong and the other half in UK. I believe there's endless experience and beauty in the world and this is me chronicling how to experience the best at the best price.

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