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Pat Sin Leng - Kao Lao Fung 八仙嶺-果老峰(張果老、海拔543米)
Hong Kong

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。

Pat Sin Leng is the centre point of Pat Sin Leng Country Park. There are many different paths to the range, but it is best to take Stages 9 and 10 of the Wilson Trail which are safe purpose-built routes with clear direction signs. These two stages lead from Cloudy Hill to Nam Chung via Pat Sin Leng. 17.4 km in total length, they take 7 hours to complete. Hikers are advised to take on these routes only if they are confident of their physical condition. Beginning at Cloudy Hill, the trail leads downhill to Hok Tau Reservoir and then up for Ping Fung Shan. In the uplands, it travels eastwards along the ridgeline, passing Wong Leng and Lai Pek Shan on the way, before challenging the eight crests of the Pat Sin Leng range. Beyond the summits, the trail continues north, cutting through the abandoned villages of Wang Shan Keuk and Ha Tsat Muk Kiu via the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Pavilion, and eventually ends at Nam Chung.「 欲 窮 千 里 目 , 更 上 一 層 樓 。 」 若 想 一 睹 壯 麗 的 山 川 氣 勢 , 便 要 不 辭 勞 苦 , 登 上 八 仙 嶺 。 八 仙 嶺 山 道 沿 連 綿 山 巒 的 山 脊 而 走 , 兩 旁 山 勢 巍 峨 陡 峭 , 景 物 全 無 遮 擋 , 置 身 其 中 , 儼 如 飛 鷹 於 天 際 翱 翔 ; 山 脊 兩 旁 景 色 , 天 地 合 一 , 蔚 為 奇 觀 。 由 於 路 途 崎 嶇 難 行 , 必 須 有 豐 富 的 遠 足 經 驗 者 , 才 可 嘗 試 登 臨 。

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Uploaded: 08/02/2014
Updated: 18/08/2014
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Tags: pat sin leng; kao lao fung; 八仙嶺; 果老峰; 張果老
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