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Pat Sin Leng - Hsien Ku Fung 八仙嶺-仙姑峰(海拔511米)
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八仙嶺是香港新界東北部的一條山脈,位於大埔區吐露港以北。山脈全長約1公里,由8個山峰所組成,故有八仙嶺之稱。這一帶為八仙嶺郊野公園的所在地。要數本港最具挑戰性的山峰,以連續上下坡次數密集程度計算,八仙嶺當之無愧。這裏的八個山峰,氣勢雄大,以八仙來命名,由東面數起為何仙姑(仙姑峰)、韓湘子(湘子峰)、藍采和(采和峰)、曹國舅(曹舅峰)、鐵拐李(拐李峰)、張果老(果老峰)、漢鍾離(鍾離峰)和呂洞賓(純陽峰)。八仙嶺的主峰為「純陽峰」,高五百九十一公尺,為群峰之首,可遠眺新界東北水天一色的景觀。與純陽峰首尾呼應的仙姑峰,雖然高度只有五百一十一公尺,但因其景觀角度佳,加上一九九六年的八仙嶺山火慘劇,師生的遇難地點就是位於仙姑峰南坡的馬騮崖,故亦給人留下較深刻的印象。紀念此次慘劇的春風亭,便是位於仙姑峰南麓的八仙嶺自然教育徑入口附近,這裏每逢假日遊人均絡繹不絕。Designated in 1978, Pat Sin Leng Country Park covers 3,125 hectares of natural terrain in the Northeastern New Territories. Pat Sin Leng The "Eight Fairies" is a range of eight stately peaks, each commanding an imposing presence like the fairy in Chinese mythology. Other famous spurs within the park are Wong Leng, Ping Fung Shan, Cloudy Hill (Kau Lung Hang Shan) and Kwai Tau Leng.These majestic uplands are set amidst emerald lakes. The picturesque Hok Tau Reservoir and Lau Shui Heung Reservoir are well known leisure destinations with a host of country park facilities. In addition to serene catchment plantations, there are lakeside barbecue areas, picnic areas and campsites. It is not a bad idea to use the campsite as a base, and explore the surrounding wild country at your leisure.

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