Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Lam Hang Shan

I normally recommend heading to Lau Fau Shan and Pak Nai for a sunset view of Deep Bay and China on the other side. But unknown until recently is Lam Hang Shan, a community hangout point with a short climb from Tin Shui Wai offering similar views but at a higher elevation.

I was surprised to find a lot of people climbing up during the late afternoon even though this is not a frequently-mentioned trail even amongst locals, but the hills are vast so there is enough space to manage a large crowd.

From Tin Chak Shopping Centre at the northwestern edge of Tin Shui Wai, cross the pedestrian bridge to the empty side of Tin Shui Wai on the other side of the river. Cross the street and turn left to find this rather low-profile entrance.

It opens up to a wide space where some enthusiasts were flying their model airplanes and helicopters. This isn't a paved trail but more an informal dirt path weaved out by scores of people interested in finding adventure.

While the government says Hong Kong has a land shortage problem, just across the river from an ultra-dense suburb is vast amounts of emptiness.

The dirt path enters the forest and the climb begins. After a mangeable steep section, I came across an intersection where I took a right turn and followed the dirt path around the hill. There are actually 2 hills here, although the views are the same so I just picked the right side one because it seems a little easier and shorter.

I was surprised to see people farming along some of these hillsides.

There are quite a lot of side tracks along here, so do rememeber your way up as it is the same route back down. After another slightly slippery steep climb due to many loose small rocks, I arrived at the top with a very decent view of Nanshan, the western part of Shenzhen.

But the view is much wider than that, sweeping across to Futian, Shenzhen's main financial district. On the Hong Kong side, there is a lot of flat land that could be transformed into new suburbs but now sit idle.

Tin Shui Wai's residential towers are not that far behind me.

The whole roundtrip took about an hour, including time to take photos at the top. Although parts of the dirt path are a little slippery, it is a fairly easy hike with more than enough lovely views to make the effort worthwhile. Returning back to Tin Chak Shopping Centre, there is a bus terminus across from it with express route K76 heading to Tin Shui Wai Station.

Hong Kong's Scenic Hikes