Father and sons hiking on the Tsz Lo Lan Shan path in Hong Kong enjoying the views of Repulse Bay below
We love the views on the Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path!

Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path – Not For The Faint Of Heart

Welcome to the enchanting Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path in Hong Kong, a hidden gem perfect for family excursions. This trail, known for its mostly flat and downhill terrain, presents an ideal opportunity for families with older children to immerse themselves in nature’s embrace without the strenuous challenges often associated with hiking. The gentle slopes and scenic routes provide a stress-free environment, allowing older kids to explore and enjoy the natural surroundings at a comfortable pace.

views of Repulse Bay from the Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path
Being high above Repulse Bay, you’ll get some spectacular views.

For families with younger children, the Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path still holds a world of adventure, albeit with an added layer of vigilance. The path is lined with many steep cliffside drop-offs and catch-water drainage ditches, which are safe as long as parents are willing to closely and constantly monitor their kids. These elements of the trail add an educational aspect, teaching young ones about the importance of safety and awareness in outdoor settings. This path not only offers a physical journey but also a learning experience, cultivating a sense of adventure and caution in young explorers.

two boys carefully hiking on the Tsz Lo Lan Shan path
Both boys had to use their “slow and careful setting” for these sections.

This picturesque trail concludes near the renowned Repulse Bay, offering a delightful transition from a refreshing hike to a relaxing beach experience. This unique ending point allows families to extend their day with a relaxing afternoon on the beach. This final beach option can add a relaxing and leisurely end to this spectacular hike.

boys on a cliff edge hike high above Repulse Bay on the Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path in Hong Kong
We were motivated by the beach below at Repulse Bay.

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Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path Trail Information – Fast Facts

Embarking on an adventure along the Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path in Hong Kong is an experience not to be missed. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Trail Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 4.5 km (2.8 mi)
  • Elevation Gain: 245 m (800 ft)
  • Duration: Approximately 3 hours depending on pace and breaks

Trail Description and Points of Interest

The Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path is a scenic trail that offers a blend of natural beauty and tranquility. It’s a journey that starts with gentle slopes, leading you through verdant forests and panoramic vistas.

the trail head at the Wong Nai Chung Reservoir
The trail starts at the Wong Nai Chung Reservoir.
two boys walking down steep stone steps
You’ll soon descend these steep stairs.
two boys posing for a picture and smiling a the Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path trail sign
Once you arrive at this sign, you’ll officially be on the Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path.
wide view of the valley below the Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path
These types of great views start almost immediately.
the trail splitting and going down stone steps
At this section, walk down the stairs. Do NOT attempt to walk along the narrow catch-water wall.
two boys playing in the catch water
Despite our efforts to discourage them from playing in the catch water, we were not 100% successful.
a boy playing with natural chalk
Natural chalk is the best!
the paved path turns to dirt at this point
The trail eventually turns to dirt, and is full of rocks and roots, so mind your step!
two brothers admiring a view from the Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path
Soon, through the bushes, you’ll begin to get views of Repulse Bay.
a steep cliff edge and two young boys hiking along it
And then the views open massively. Stay close to your little ones here.
trail junction with trail sign
When you reach this intersection, turn right and down the steps.
two boys sitting on stone stairs in the middle of a hike in Hong Kong
The stirs make a scenic snack break spot!
young boy pointing out which way to hike down the trail
Do NOT cross over the catchwater. Instead, turn right, and follow along the catch water for a moment.
a young boy heading down a side trail
Once you see this junction, bear right away from the catch water, and head down the small side trail.
two young boys hiking down a narrow and treacherous dirt path
Depending on your kids’ hiking skills, you may need to spot them on this section.
a father and two sons making funny faces as they rest after a challenging section of the Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path
Our feet are howling after the long and treacherous downhill.
two boys happily skipping to the end of the trail
Once you see this path lined with green railings, you’ll essentially be at the end of the trail.

Recommended Gear

Aside from the typical day hike gear we normally recommend, for this hike, we particularly recommend:

two boys enjoying a snack break while sitting on the side of the paved hiking path
The boys LOVE their Bentgo Boxes!

Family Hiking Safety Tips

Safety is paramount, especially with children. Aside from the standard Hong Kong hiking safety tips, here’s how we suggest you stay safe:

  • Always stay together as a group.
  • Keep children away from cliffside drop-offs.
two boys carefully hiking along a narrow cliff edge
You know your kids best, so stay as close to them as you need.
  • Monitor children closely in the more challenging sections.
  • Stay hydrated and take regular breaks.
  • Check the weather before you set out, and don’t hike here if heavy rain is forecast
flood warning sign
There is a real risk of flooding and landslides on this trail, so stay at home if heavy rain is forecasted.

Trail Head and Route

The adventure of the Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path begins at the Wong Nai Chung Reservoir (GPS coordinates: +22.257356, +114.195211) located near the Hong Kong Park View apartment development. The route is well-marked, guiding you through its mostly flat and downhill terrain, making it suitable for families with older children. For families with younger kids, parental supervision is key, especially near steep cliffside drop-offs and drainage ditches.

Route Map

We recommend you start at Wong Nai Chung Reservoir and end at Repulse Bay. This will allow you to essentially avoid any uphill hiking. If you prefer a more intense workout, hike this route in the opposite direction.

As you likely know from our other posts, such as the one on the Red Incense Burner Summit Trail, GuruMaps is our favorite app for offline navigation.

What we’re getting at is…

If you download the GuruMaps app, you’ll be able to follow along on our Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path route map even if you don’t have service. Simply download our Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path route map by clicking one of the file format options in the top right-hand corner of the map below – GPX, KML, or GeoJSON, and then open that file in GuruMaps on your phone. Voila, you’re done! All of this takes about 30 seconds, and we think you’ll find it well worth the time!

If you like a Google Map more, however, no worries – we’ve got you covered. Keep in mind, however, it might not work when you’re hiking on the Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path.

Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path Elevation Profile
Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path Elevation Profile

Nearby Hikes

After experiencing the Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path, consider exploring nearby trails such as:

Conclusion And FAQs

In conclusion, the Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path in Hong Kong is a fantastic trail for families seeking adventure amidst nature. While suitable for families with older children, younger kids can also enjoy this hike with careful supervision. Remember, the final downhill section is steep, so assist young children there.

FAQs

  1. Is the Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path suitable for beginner hikers?
    Yes, it’s suitable for beginners, though the final downhill section requires extra caution.
  2. Is the Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path suitable for young children?
    Maybe, and only if parents closely supervise them the entire time and assist them on the final downhill section.
  3. Are there facilities available along the trail?
    No. Carry your essentials like water and snacks.
  4. Can the trail be accessed by public transport?
    Yes, public transport options are available to reach the trailhead.

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