This is largely because one can hike up all the way-- or at least as far as you go before you reach the restricted area occupied by a Hong Kong Observatory weather radar station -- via a paved road leading up to the top of what actually is an extinct volcano that doesn't have all that steep a gradient.
In part because of this, and because it can be quite a bit cooler up on Tai Mo Shan than in those areas closer to sea level, a trek up Hong Kong's highest mountain is one that may be nicer to go on in the hotter than cooler months. Thus it was that two friends and I decided to go up Tai Mo Shan one hot summer afternoon -- and there was the bonus of the afternoon in question also being one which was a sunny and high visibility occasion! :b
Our destination looks so close yet is actually fairly far away!
Early into our hike, we got to realizing that we had lucked
out in terms of it being a high visibility day! :)
The clouds had grey tinges but we stayed encouraged by
the blue bits of sky that were visible that afternoon
Whichever way we go, it'd be on the Maclehose Trail! :b
How green is my (Hong Kong) valley? ;b
Looking northwards to Pat Heung, the mountain range
of Lam Tsuen Country Park, and beyond
Feral cows can be found on Tai Mo Shan as well as
All that bicyclist had to worry about was cows
-- not cars -- being in his way... ;b
To be continued...really!