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Tai Mo Shan 大帽山行山
Hong Kong

大帽山高達九百五十七米,是香港最高峰;環繞其四周的,便是佔地一千四百四十公頃的大帽山郊野公園。成立於一九七九年大帽山郊野公園,東面及南面分別接鄰大埔滘自然謢理區及城門郊野公園,西面為荃錦公路,及一路之隔的大欖郊野公園;北面為林村。梯田梯田大帽山大帽山大帽山的草坡大帽山的草坡大帽山山頂大帽山山頂散髮瀑散髮瀑大帽山郊野公園大帽山郊野公園青竹蛇青竹蛇川龍家樂徑川龍家樂徑由於大帽山一帶山巒起伏,農業並不發達,昔日區內農民只能種植稻米和蔬菜作為自用,而種茶亦曾是大帽山地區一種興盛的行業,這裏曾經出產一種很有名的綠茶。在大帽山高處的山坡,向下走的人字形梯田仍清晰可見,相傳這是在十七世紀曾經盛極一時的茶場遺址。位於大帽山道的大帽山郊野公園遊客中心設有展覽廊及活動室。中心的展覽廊共分為六個主題部份,分別介紹大帽山郊野公園、全球及香港的氣候變化、氣候變化對本港的樹林、生態系統以至極地的影響。展覽廊設有多元互動的展品及遊戲,令大家明白愛護郊野環境以及珍惜地球資源的重要性。大帽山是香港最高的山峰,海拔957米。由於春天時經常出現大霧的情況,部分人會將大帽山誤以為「大霧山」。從前,大帽山曾盛產一種綠茶,現在則以灌木及草為主。不過,山坡上仍可看到梯田的痕迹,難得一見。登山途中,如遇晴朗日子,可遠眺大嶼山東涌和鄰近島嶼,甚至深圳羅湖的水光山色。當氣溫驟降時,就有不少人士駕車前來觀賞難得一見的霜景,是賞景勝地。

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