Sha Tin to Tai Mei Tuk

Sha Tin to Tai Mei Tuk

‘Hong Kong’s Top 10 : Cycling Routes’ — Time Out Hong Kong

Sha Tin to Tai Mei Tuk mapThis is one of the best-known cycling routes in Hong Kong. From Sha Tin Park, speed up on the comfortable track along the Shing Mun River and continue along the coastline of Tolo Harbour, until you reach the majestic dam at Tai Mei Tuk. Take your time and soak up the beautiful scenery along the way.

Starting point — Shing Mun River
Shing Mun River

Originally a cove, the Shing Mun River was converted into a straight river channel for the development of Sha Tin as a suburb in the 1970s. Running mainly through residential areas, the river’s outlet is now at Tolo Harbour. Both banks of the river are recreational zones with jogging trails and cycling tracks. Exciting dragon boat races happen here during the Dragon Boat Festival. The section is straight-forward — just ride on and enjoy the breeze!

Hong Kong Science Park
Hong Kong Science Park

This cluster of state-of-the-art architecture is the research and business base for Hong Kong’s science and technology industries. In addition to offices and conference and exhibition venues, there are a number of food and beverage outlets, beautifully landscaped piazzas and a man-made lake within the park.

Pak Shek Kok Promenade
Pak Shek Kok Promenade

This waterfront promenade features a comfortable cycling trail connecting Sha Tin and Ma Liu Shui, a number of public seating areas, and viewing platforms for the panorama of Tolo Harbour. From this popular cycling track, you can also take in the mountain vista of Ma On Shan (a hill named after its saddle-shaped peak) on the opposite coast.

Tolo Harbour Cycling Track
Tolo Harbour Cycling Track

One of the most popular cycling tracks in Hong Kong with lovely scenery. Glide along and enjoy open vistas of the impressive Pat Sin Leng (literally ‘Ridge of the Eight Immortals’) on the other side of the harbour!

Tai Po Waterfront Park
Tai Po Waterfront Park

Upon leaving the coastal track you’ll enter the town of Tai Po. You can return your bike here, or make a detour along Lam Tsuen River to explore the local wet markets in Tai Po and the Railway Museum.

End point — Tai Mei Tuk
Tai Mei Tuk

Alternatively, ride on for another 8 km to reach the foot of Pat Sin Leng, where you can relax at the cafés in the idyllic seaside village by the bay or on the huge dam of Plover Cove Reservoir.

Trail photos provided by HK Discovery.

Info
Area:
Sha Tin and Tai Po district
Starting point:
Shing Mun River
End point:
Tai Mei Tuk
Average cycling time:
3 hours
Distance:
Approx. 22 km
Replenishing stations:
At Hong Kong Science Park, Pak Shek Kok Promenade and Tai Mei Tuk
Bike Rental:
There are bike rental shops in Tai Wai, Sha Tin Park, Tai Po Waterfront Park and Tai Mei Tuk. Pick a shop near your starting point and ask the rental shop staff if the bike can be returned at your destination — most rental shops will let you do so.
Difficulty:
Easy (All flat terrain but relatively long route)
How to get there
To the starting point:
  • From Tai Wai: There are bike rental shops right outside Exit A of MTR Tai Wai Station. Pick up a bike and ride along the cycling tracks towards Shing Mun River.
  • From Sha Tin: From MTR Sha Tin Station Exit A, walk to Shing Mun River via New Town Plaza and Sha Tin Park. Rent a bike at the bike pavilions in the park.
From the end point:
  • End your journey at Tai Mei Tuk or ride back to Sha Tin or Tai Wai.
  • If you leave from Tai Mei Tuk, take bus number 75K or 275R (only available on Sundays and public holidays), or minibus 20C to MTR Tai Po Market Station.
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