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Shek Pik Country Trail 石壁郊遊徑 Bernacchi Trail 貝納祺徑
Hong Kong

石壁郊遊徑主要沿著石壁水塘東部山坡而行,仰望上方,刀鋒般的狗牙嶺如怒目張牙,令人望而生畏。 狗牙嶺高539米,分多條支脈,狀若五指,指指皆險,其中又以中間三指最為險峻,為了個人安全,切勿冒險攀爬。 郊遊徑初段路面較平緩,漸轉向下傾斜,沿級而下約500米,直達寬闊的引水道,翠綠草坪上綠樹成蔭,樹底下設有木製檯凳,這裡就是著名的「石壁水道」。 石壁引水道東接長沙引水道,西延狗嶺涌引水道,配合羌山西、北引水道,以及深屈東、西引水道,是整個石壁水塘的配套設施之一。 This hiking route skirts along the western foot hills of Kau Nga Ling. Above your head, the blaze-like spurs of Kau Nga Ling rise like fangs of a wild dog.  The 539m Kau Nga Ling is made up of 5 spurs that spread out like fingers. Each of the five spurs are rugged. For the sake of personal safety, do not overstretch your ability to climb these peaks.

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