I was pleasantly surprised on my visit to Tai Mei Tuk in Tai Po. On a perfect spring day, it was buzzing with people and activities. Everyone was enjoying themselves in the sun whether they were windsurfing, boating, flying kites, or simply enjoying an alfresco BBQ.
With wide open spaces and a picturesque Plover Cove Reservoir, I highly recommend Tai Mei Tuk to anyone who’s looking to enjoy an activity filled day-outing.
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How To Get To Tai Mei Tuk
Tai Mei Tuk is located in the Tai Po district of the New Territories. The best way to get there is by bus from the Tai Po Market MTR station.
Minibus 20C, and the regular bus 75K run on all days.
In addition, bus 275R runs between Tai Po Market and Bride’s Pool Waterfall on Sundays, and it passes through Tai Mei Tuk.
Alternatively, take a taxi from Tai Po Market MTR station.
Things To Do At Tai Mei Tuk
With the number of activities and things to do at Tai Mei Tuk, one could easily spend a day there. Here are some of the things that you could do to enjoy the area.
1. Explore Restaurants Along Ting Kok Road
The first time we passed by Ting Kok Road what stood out the most was the number of restaurants. Overlooking the reservoir area, each restaurant looks more inviting than the other.
You’ll find all all types of cuisine along the road and promenade. Once you’re there, grab your phone and launch OpenRice or Google and read the reviews. Take your pick. The atmosphere is simply amazing!
If you prefer to cook your own food, fear not. Tai Mei Tuk has two beautiful BBQ areas in close proximity. There’s one right behind the main parking lot, and one behind the Bradbury Jockey Club. I personally preferred the latter.
3. Walk Along The Plover Cove Reservoir
Tai Mei Tuk can either be your starting or ending point for a hike into the Plover Cove Country Park. The country park is huge, over 11,000 acres, and truly scenic.
If you’re not much of a hiker, walk on the Plover Cove Reservoir. The road on top of the reservoir is a straight path 2 kilometres long. There’s space enough for everybody to fly their kite, cycle, run, or enjoy the scenery.
4. Windsurfing, Kayaking, Boating
The Water Sports Centre at Tai Mei Tuk offers the general public a large number of water sport activities, including windsurfing, kayaking, and sailing dinghies. More information about the centre can be found on their website.
It’s also good to know that the centre is closed on Wednesdays.
In addition, there are regular boats for hire at the Tai Mei Tuk Pier.
Most of the areas in the New Territories have cycling tracks. The day we were at Tai Mei Tuk was perfect for cycling. By the evening, the temperature began dropping and it made for a perfect mode of transport back to Tai Po.
There are numerous cycle rental shops on Ting Kok Road. And most of them would be open to a negotiation on price. Apart from mountain bikes, rental shops also have cycles built for up to 4 people – perfect for a family.
There are a few cycling options in Tai Mei Tuk. For one, you could simply cycle up and down Plover Cover dam. Or you could cycle all the way back to Tai Po Market.
The route is approximately 9 kms and is beautiful for cycling – peaceful, water on one side and mountains on the other. Check out our video to get a better idea.
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You can also go cycling in a group, led by a local guide. That’s another great way to discover Plover Cove Country Park.
I highly recommend cycling around Tai Mei Tuk!
Bonus: Head Up To Bride’s Pool Waterfall
Bride’s Pool Waterfall is a hidden gem in Hong Kong. A short distance away from Tai Mei Tuk, Bride’s Pool Waterfall is definitely a must visit on hot summer days. We went to Bride’s Pool a couple of months ago and you can read all about it in this post.