Wanderlust Hiking Guide: Lau Shui Heung Country Trail and Cloudy Hill


11th March 2020 – (Hong Kong) Lau Shui Heung Country Trail is a supposedly scenic reservoir where you can see many butterflies along the route. However, the reservoir water has dried up this season and you can only see the swamp now. Surrounded by thick forests, its glassy surface when the reservoir is full of water is especially stunning on a clear, windless day. Visit during the colder months to enjoy colourful autumn foliage as the cypress leaves transition from yellow to burnt orange. Continue towards Cloudy Hill to enjoy the fantastic panorama views over Tai Mo Shan, Tolo Harbour, Fanling, Sheung Shui towards China.

Lau Shui Heung Country Trail

Distance: 10km from Lau Shui Heung Country Trail to Cloudy Hill.

Duration : 3.5 hours

Difficulty: 5.5/10


From MTR Fanling Station Exit C, take green minibus 52B. Get off at the roundabout on Lau Shui Heung Road. Follow Lau Shui Heung Road till you pass the reservoir. The trail begins and ends at the reservoir but it is not a circular route around the small reservoir. Walk past a BBQ area and a bridge before you continue on a concrete trail. After you reach an intersection and a pavilion. Follow the sign pointing to Cloudy Hill.

Entrance to Lau Shui Heung reservoir.

Be prepared to clamber as the slope is pretty steep. The ascent to Cloudy Hill (440m) starts immediately and covers about 2000 steps. You need around 2 1/2 hours before you reach the summit which is located at the Pat Sin Leng Country Park. Follow the trail before you reach Cloudy Hill and you can then enjoy the spectacular view. You can return to Lau Shui Heung Road or go down via Wilson Trail or head towards Tai Po Road.

Cloudy Hill.
View from the top of Cloudy Hill.
You will see the sign if you continue to walk towards Wilson Trail after Cloudy Hill.

Take green minibus 20P to the Tai Po Market stop for the MTR. You can also take green minibus 20M to the Tai Po Central Bus Terminus.

You can follow the Tai Po Road sign to go downhill.