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Bride’s Pool Nature Trail: leisurely hike reveals spectacular waterfalls shrouded in dense woodland

  • 1km

  • About 1 hour

  • Easy

Written by South China Morning Post (Morning Studio)

Bride’s Pool, shrouded in lush Plover Cove Country Park woodland, in northeastern New Territories, is one of Hong Kong’s most breathtaking waterfalls — and unmissable. It’s the perfect place to unwind while taking Instagram-worthy photographs. Getting to Bride’s Pool is easy. Take the enthralling Bride’s Pool Nature Trail, which also passes a second memorable waterfall, Mirror Pool, and Bride’s Pool Stone Bridge — another Instagram favourite — dating from 1906. If this trail is too short, walk on to Tai Mei Tuk, near the main dam of Plover Cove Reservoir, for a waterfront barbecue or stroll along Lung Mei Beach before heading home.

  • Bride’s Pool Nature Trail

    Bride’s Pool Nature Trail, which takes hikers to the two spectacular waterfalls of Bride’s Pool and Mirror Pool, is easy to walk and ideal as an outdoor family activity. Hikers can relax as they follow the winding footpath immersed in Plover Cove Country Park’s rich woodland, while savouring the soothing sound of nearby streams and waterfalls and birds chirping in the trees overhead. The route crosses Bride’s Pool Stone Bridge — built in 1906 to make commuting easier between the villages of Wu Kau Tang and Chung Mei — which makes a good spot for photographs.
    Please remember to bring enough drinking water as there are no shops or kiosks along the trail. A few vending machines are available at the Bride’s Pool bus stop near the start of the nature trail.

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  • Bride’s Pool

    Arguably one of the city’s most famous waterfalls, the soothing whoosh of Bride’s Pool’s white cascading water tumbles in an ever-widening shape, reminiscent of a billowing wedding dress. Legend has it that the pool was named after an unfortunate bride who died after servants slipped and dropped her sedan chair in the water. From the start of the trail, walk down to a stone bridge which leads to the barbecue site. After passing the site you will cross the century-old Bride’s Pool Stone Bridge, near the rocky area surrounding Bride’s Pool, where hikers can listen to the rhythmic sound of the tumbling water ringing in their ears, and Instagram buffs can photograph the scene. The area is also home to wildlife, including a variety of dragonflies and butterflies, including the very rare Orange Awlet. You can also view the pool easily from the viewing deck nearby.

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  • Mirror Pool

    Mirror Pool, or ‘Chiu Keng Tam’, located at the end of Bride’s Pool Nature Trail is another stunning waterfall and has a height of around 35m, which is much taller than Bride’s Pool. Its wide torrent appears to create a series of ripples as it falls, before veering left — across what appears to be a giant mirror on the rock face — and into the pool. The relaxing shaded pool area, surrounded by thick woodland, is a popular spot where hikers can unwind, immersed in the countryside, while taking photos of the waterfall and its pool.

    As weather conditions in the mountains can change quickly during the day, please check the Hong Kong Hiking Trail Weather Service on the Hong Kong Observatory website before your visit.

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  • Tai Mei Tuk

    Tai Mei Tuk, a waterfront recreational area comprising a group of small villages at the southern end of Bride’s Pool Road, lies a few minutes’ drive by car from the start of Bride’s Pool Nature Trail. Many Hongkongers come here to relax by renting bicycles, boats or kayaks for the day from local shops, flying kites, sitting with family and friends while cooking a meal at the government’s large barbecue area, or taking a lazy stroll along nearby Lung Mei Beach before going back to Tai Po. You will find several restaurants here specialising in Thai cuisine and barbecued dishes, plus cafes, and shops selling instant noodles and other snacks.

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Transport

Getting to Bride’s Pool Nature Trail

Exit MTR Tai Po Market Station and walk to the nearby Tai Po bus terminus. At weekends and on public holidays, you may take bus 275R from Exit A3 to the starting point of Bride’s Pool Nature Trail. The bus departs every 15–20 minutes. If you travel on a weekday, you may take minibus 20R to the start of the trail, but the minibus departs only every 60–90 minutes.

Leaving from Mirror Pool

After visiting Mirror Pool, as you return to Bride’s Pool Stone Bridge, take the turn on your right and follow the trail to the other end at Bride’s Pool Road, where you can take bus 275R or minibus 20R back to MTR Tai Po Market Station. Alternatively, you may want to stop at Tai Mei Tuk before returning to Tai Po.

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Instagrammable

Bride’s Pool Nature Trail: leisurely hike reveals spectacular waterfalls shrouded in dense woodland

  • 1km

  • About 1 hour

  • Easy

Written by South China Morning Post (Morning Studio)

Bride’s Pool, shrouded in lush Plover Cove Country Park woodland, in northeastern New Territories, is one of Hong Kong’s most breathtaking waterfalls — and unmissable. It’s the perfect place to unwind while taking Instagram-worthy photographs. Getting to Bride’s Pool is easy. Take the enthralling Bride’s Pool Nature Trail, which also passes a second memorable waterfall, Mirror Pool, and Bride’s Pool Stone Bridge — another Instagram favourite — dating from 1906. If this trail is too short, walk on to Tai Mei Tuk, near the main dam of Plover Cove Reservoir, for a waterfront barbecue or stroll along Lung Mei Beach before heading home.

Bride’s Pool Nature Trail

Bride’s Pool Nature Trail, which takes hikers to the two spectacular waterfalls of Bride’s Pool and Mirror Pool, is easy to walk and ideal as an outdoor family activity. Hikers can relax as they follow the winding footpath immersed in Plover Cove Country Park’s rich woodland, while savouring the soothing sound of nearby streams and waterfalls and birds chirping in the trees overhead. The route crosses Bride’s Pool Stone Bridge — built in 1906 to make commuting easier between the villages of Wu Kau Tang and Chung Mei — which makes a good spot for photographs.
Please remember to bring enough drinking water as there are no shops or kiosks along the trail. A few vending machines are available at the Bride’s Pool bus stop near the start of the nature trail.

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Bride’s Pool

Arguably one of the city’s most famous waterfalls, the soothing whoosh of Bride’s Pool’s white cascading water tumbles in an ever-widening shape, reminiscent of a billowing wedding dress. Legend has it that the pool was named after an unfortunate bride who died after servants slipped and dropped her sedan chair in the water. From the start of the trail, walk down to a stone bridge which leads to the barbecue site. After passing the site you will cross the century-old Bride’s Pool Stone Bridge, near the rocky area surrounding Bride’s Pool, where hikers can listen to the rhythmic sound of the tumbling water ringing in their ears, and Instagram buffs can photograph the scene. The area is also home to wildlife, including a variety of dragonflies and butterflies, including the very rare Orange Awlet. You can also view the pool easily from the viewing deck nearby.

See more...
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Mirror Pool

Mirror Pool, or ‘Chiu Keng Tam’, located at the end of Bride’s Pool Nature Trail is another stunning waterfall and has a height of around 35m, which is much taller than Bride’s Pool. Its wide torrent appears to create a series of ripples as it falls, before veering left — across what appears to be a giant mirror on the rock face — and into the pool. The relaxing shaded pool area, surrounded by thick woodland, is a popular spot where hikers can unwind, immersed in the countryside, while taking photos of the waterfall and its pool.

See more...

As weather conditions in the mountains can change quickly during the day, please check the Hong Kong Hiking Trail Weather Service on the Hong Kong Observatory website before your visit.

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Tai Mei Tuk

Tai Mei Tuk, a waterfront recreational area comprising a group of small villages at the southern end of Bride’s Pool Road, lies a few minutes’ drive by car from the start of Bride’s Pool Nature Trail. Many Hongkongers come here to relax by renting bicycles, boats or kayaks for the day from local shops, flying kites, sitting with family and friends while cooking a meal at the government’s large barbecue area, or taking a lazy stroll along nearby Lung Mei Beach before going back to Tai Po. You will find several restaurants here specialising in Thai cuisine and barbecued dishes, plus cafes, and shops selling instant noodles and other snacks.

See more...
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Transport

Getting to Bride’s Pool Nature Trail

Exit MTR Tai Po Market Station and walk to the nearby Tai Po bus terminus. At weekends and on public holidays, you may take bus 275R from Exit A3 to the starting point of Bride’s Pool Nature Trail. The bus departs every 15–20 minutes. If you travel on a weekday, you may take minibus 20R to the start of the trail, but the minibus departs only every 60–90 minutes.

Leaving from Mirror Pool

After visiting Mirror Pool, as you return to Bride’s Pool Stone Bridge, take the turn on your right and follow the trail to the other end at Bride’s Pool Road, where you can take bus 275R or minibus 20R back to MTR Tai Po Market Station. Alternatively, you may want to stop at Tai Mei Tuk before returning to Tai Po.

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