Tai Mei Tuk is one of the most fun and unique outdoor destinations in Hong Kong! Situated at the base of the Eight Immortals next to the Plover Cove Reservoir, Tai Mei Tuk offers a wide range of country and leisure facilities and outdoor activities.
From cycling, kayaking, boating, windsurfing, hiking, or relaxing on a beach; Tai Mei Tuk has it all! It offers all kinds of outdoor activities for everyone and is a wholesome way to spend your day!
With wide-open spaces and a picturesque Plover Cove Reservoir, Tai Mei Tuk has everything to enjoy for an activity-filled, family 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 and the best way to arrive is from the Tai Po Market MTR station.
At the MTR station, catch the green minibus 20C and KMB 75K. Both buses run throughout the week.
On Sundays, KMB 275R runs between Tai Po Market and Bride’s Pool Waterfall and passes through Tai Mei Tuk.
Alternatively, you can take a taxi from Tai Po Market MTR station or cycle to Tai Mei Tuk. More information on the cycling route can be found below.
Things To Do At Tai Mei Tuk
With the number of activities and things to do at Tai Mei Tuk, it’s best to plan your day. Or you could just land up here and decide on what you feel like doing.
Either way, here’s a non-exhaustive list of all the things to do in Tai Mei Tuk to help you decide.
Admire the Plover Cove Dam
The Plover Cove Reservoir and Dam is one of the top attractions at Tai Mei Tuk. The reservoir is the largest in Hong Kong in terms of area, and the second-largest in terms of volume. It also happens to be the world’s first freshwater coastal lake constructed from an arm of the ocean.
The dam of the Plover Cove Reservoir is 28 metres tall and 2 km long. Its paved surface is perfect for cycling, walking, or even running on it!
The dam, with its wide open space and windy location, is a popular spot for kite flying too. Over the weekends, you can spot many different types of kites in the area!
Even if you don’t cover the entire length of the dam, it’s worth just going and standing on it. It’s truly a marvel of engineering that is best admired up close!
There’s space enough for everybody to fly their kite, cycle, run, or enjoy the scenery.
Speaking of cycling, the best way to explore Tai Mei Tuk is on a cycle! The wide open spaces are perfect for cycling and not to mention the dedicated cycling tracks that make it effortless to get around.
There are numerous cycle rental shops on Ting Kok Road that offer all types of cycles for rent. , from sports models to cycles built for up to 4 people – perfect for a family!
Once you’ve rented a cycle, you don’t have to be limited to Tai Mei Tuk on your cycle. There are a couple of cycling options to explore.
<a href=”https://www.klook.com/activity/1276-plover-cove-cycle-hike-hong-kong/?aid=1396″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>However, if you prefer to join a group tour, led by a local guide, that’s also possible!</a> That’s another great way to discover Plover Cove Country Park.
Cycle around Tai Mei Tuk and on the Plover Cove Dam
The most obvious choice is to cycle around Tai Mei Tuk and over the Plover Cove Dam.
If you’ve never cycled on the dam before, I highly recommend it!
The 2 km distance (one way) is so much easier to cover on a cycle. It’s easy to take breaks along the dam and sit and admire others cycling or enjoying water sports.
Cycle to Tai Po or beyond
Given that there is a cycling track that runs all around the New Territories, it’s very much possible to cycle to Tai Wai or Ma On Shan from Tai Mei Tuk!
I enjoy the cycling track between Tai Mei Tuk and Tai Po. The route is approximately 9 km and is quite beautiful and peaceful, with water on one side and mountains on the other. Check out our video to get a better idea.
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If you do plan beyond Tai Mei Tuk, be sure to get the address of the rental shop in the neighbourhood where you plan to drop the cycle off.
Cycle to Bride’s Pool
And if you’re up for a true adventure, you can also cycle to Bride’s Pool Waterfall from Tai Mei Tuk. Just be prepared to cycle 4.6 km uphill!
Once at the parking lot for the waterfall, make sure to follow our guide to the Bride’s Pool to make the most of your visit.
Windsurf, Kayak, Boating
Tolo Harbour is an excellent location for water activities. And The Water Sports Centre at Tai Mei Tuk offers the general public a large number of water sports activities, including windsurfing, kayaking, and sailing dinghies.
More information about the centre can be found on their website.
I would recommend taking your kayak to Ma Shi Chau!
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.
Relax on Lung Mei Beach
Inaugurated in the summer of 2021, Lung Mei Beach is Hong Kong’s latest artificial beach. The beach is located in Tai Mei Tuk, along Ting Kok Road.
Although the beach is controversial, it does offer another activity for visitors to enjoy while in Tai Mei Tuk.
Explore Restaurants & Bars along Ting Kok Road
The road where the bus drops you off is lined with many restaurants and bars.
Once you’re there, grab your phone and launch OpenRice or Google and read the reviews. Take your pick. There are plenty to choose from.
Enjoy an Outdoor Barbecue
If you prefer to cook your food, fear not. Tai Mei Tuk has two beautiful BBQ areas nearby. There’s one right behind the main parking lot, and one behind the Bradbury Jockey Club. I preferred the latter.
Unfortunately, the public barbecue area has been closed since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Hikes in the vicinity
Tai Mei Tuk is also the starting point for many hikes in and around Plover Cove Country Park.
The most popular hikes in the area include the Pat Sing Leng Nature Trail (The 8 Immortals) and The Plover Cove Country Trail. The former crosses the beautiful ridge of 8 peaks behind Tai Mei Tuk, while the latter is a 16 km hike across Plover Cove Country Park!
Further uphill on Ting Kok Road are waterfall hikes and trails, Bride’s Pool Waterfall and Nature Trail, and the Wong Chung Stream Waterfall Hike.
But if you’re looking for a short and easy hike in the vicinity that doesn’t take you far away, then I highly recommend the Tai Mei Tuk Family Walk.
Tai Mei Tuk Family Walk
Keeping with the trend of a fun family outing, the Tai Mei Tuk Family Walk is an easy 1 km circular hike with amazing views of the entire Tai Mei Tuk area.
The entrance to the hike is located at the roundabout next to the Bradbury Jockey Club Youth Hostel. You can arrive here by cycle or foot.
Once here, enter the trail and start climbing up the steps.
The Tai Mei Tuk Family Walk consists of 4 vantage points, each overlooking a different part of the area. The hike itself is well marked with signposts labelled with Chinese zodiac signs.
To View Point 1
Once you enter the Tai Mei Tuk Family Walk, continue climbing the steps. At the end of the first flight of steps is a landing where the path splits in two.
This is the start and end of the loop.
For now, follow the sign and walk up the steps to the right.
I know I said that this is an easy hike, but unfortunately, this part does involve some climbing. Luckily, it’s quite short and once the steps are over, the path is more or less flat.
The path gently continues uphill till it finally reaches View Point 1.
The first viewpoint offers views of the Plover Cove Dam and Reservoir, Tolo Harbour and Ma On Shan. If you’d like to take a short break to enjoy the views, you should!
To View Point 2
From View Point 1 continue walking on the Tai Mei Tuk Family Walk. As you’ve already done most of the climbing, the rest of the hike is very easy.
The path between View Point 1 and 2 is a flat, dirt trail with trees on either side.
Sadly, the trees cover up most of the surrounding views. But that’s not much of a problem once you reach the next viewpoint.
View Point 2 offers incredible views of the Plover Cove Reservoir and Country Park.
It’s from here that you can truly admire the scale of the reservoir and have second thoughts about hiking across the country park!
To View Point 3
From View Point 2, not much changes in terms of the path. It remains flat and shaded.
The distance to the next viewpoint is much shorter and before you know it, you’ll see a short flight of steps up ahead.
The steps lead you to the 3rd viewpoint, which also happens to be the highest point on the Tai Mei Tuk Family Walk.
View Point 3 is my favourite viewpoint because it offers views of the Plover Cove Reservoir on one side and Tai Mei Tuk and the 8 Immortals on the other.
To View Point 4
To reach the final viewpoint, head down the steps from View Point 3.
The steps lead you back down into the canopy of trees and slowly takes away the views.
Fortunately, it’s another short and easy track, with a few steps, to reach View Point 4.
The final viewpoint offers views of Tolo Harbour, all the villages, Lung Mei Beach, Ma Shi Chau, and even the Guan Yin (Avalokiteśvara) Statue.
If you happen to be in Tai Mei Tuk during sunset, this is perhaps the best spot to catch the sunset from.
Complete the Tai Mei Tuk Family Walk loop
From View Point 4, return to the trail and take the steps downhill.
At the end of the steps, turn right onto the path and follow the sign.
After the trail turns right, it descends more steps that end at the landing where the loop began.
At this point, just continue walking downhill till you reach the exit.
And that’s a simple guide to the Tai Mei Tuk Family Walk!
Tai Mei Tuk – Fun For The Whole Family!
Summer or winter, Tai Mei Tuk is a joy to visit in any season!
For anyone who loves the outdoors, this place truly lets you appreciate it along with all the activities!
If you’re interested in more activities around the area, we highly recommend a visit to Bride’s Pool Waterfall. It can easily be combined with Tai Mei Tuk on Sundays when bus 275R runs. Or if you’re looking for something more intriguing, we recommend a visit to Ma Shi Chau, a unique island with rich history!
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