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Located in the southwestern New Territories,Country Park offers ample opportunities to explore nature. Hiking around nearby Tai Mo Shan, visitors can see tall paperbark trees lining the paths and, occasionally, come across groups of wild monkeys. An overwintering site for migrating brush-footed butterflies, the park is also perfect for butterfly watching, particularly in autumn.
Many local trees were logged in Hong Kong during the Second World War and the post-war government kicked off large-scale reforestation. The Shing Mun Arboretum, situated north of the reservoir, was established in the 1970s and protects about 300 native or South China plant species, including plants discovered in Hong Kong and some endangered species.
The visitor centre provides a detailed introduction to the native monkeys. You can also learn more about the nearby military ruins and the abandoned mine with its tools and equipment. For more details, please see visit www.afcd.gov.hk.