Tai Po Kau Nature Reserve
Five separate trails weave their way through this replanted forest. Visitors short on time can follow the nature trail, benefiting from signposted information for insight into the park’s flora, or amble along the blue or red routes, passing through dense vegetation that’s ideal for wildlife-watching. Take a rest at one of the few picnic sites to enjoy a packed lunch in tranquil surroundings, or relish the challenge of an uphill climb on a yellow or brown route.
Things to Know Before You Go
Tai Po Kau is a must for walkers, hikers, and wildlife enthusiasts.
Good walking shoes are a must; it can be very muddy, especially during rainy season, so don’t wear your best sneakers.
The shortest route is 1.8 miles (3 kilometers) and the longest, which climbs to an elevation of 984 feet (300 meters), is 6.2 miles (10 kilometers); choose a route that suits your ability.
Pack your own lunch and water—there are no cafes or shops in the reserve.
How to Get There
Take KMB bus number 72, 72A, 73A, or 74A to nearby Chung Tsai Yuen bus stop, which is just a minutes’ walk from the park entrance. Green Minibus number 28K also stops here. There is also a limited parking available just outside the park grounds.
When to Get There
Visit around sunset between March and October to glimpse majestic fireflies hovering around the water and hear the dusktime chorus from the park’s numerous birds and insects. Some tours visit in the evening and focus on the reserve’s nocturnal residents, including scorpions.
Explore Tai Po
The green district of Tai Po is one of the least populated in Hong Kong, yet the traditional market region still boasts an eclectic mix of culture and cuisine. After exploring the reserve, head into town to unwind in one of its many restaurants or bars, or continue your adventure at the district’s markets, temples, and museums.