TAI LAM COUNTRY PARK

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BACKGROUND

In the years before 2011, the mountain biking topography of Hong Kong is unique, where a vast majority of the official mountain biking access are within AFCD Country Parks and mostly hiking trails origin.

Existing trails were either extremely technical with bad flows and at times hazardous, testing even the best of the bikers, or simply a network of unauthorized ‘social trails’ which mostly built within the steep fall-lines of the Tai Mo Shan ridge line.

Trail Workshop HongKong AFCD

KNOWLEDGE & TRANSFORMATION

In 2011, DirTraction collaborative efforts with IMBA Trail Solutions, helps provide training workshop for Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) Hong Kong and Hong Kong Mountain Biking Association (HKMBA), where in the process, enabling at least 200 country park officers and activate groups of mountain bikers via trail day with the concept of sustainable trails for mountain biking.

Arm with the knowledge, master planners are able to work on recommendations put forward. Changing the trail profile and connectivity via various sub projects in the years to come.

Major works during this period (2011 – 2013) include Tin Fu Tsai North Section, Ho Pui Trailhead series of next generation flow trails, and flow and sustainability improvement work for Ho Pui downhill extension at Tai Lam Country Park, Hong Kong.

Volunteer TrailDay HKMBA HKCA AFCD
Photo Credit : Steve Coward

MILESTONES (2011 – 2020)

2011 (May) – Twisk Practice Loop
2011 – Tin Fu Tsai north section (1.3km) (blue loop)
2012 – Ho Pui Entrance trail
2012 – Ho Pui DH ‘bamboo’ extension
2013 – 2015 Tin Fu Tsai North ‘Tinman’ section
2016 – Ho Pui Contour Enhancement works
2017 – Ho Pui ‘Rocky Horror’ bypass, ‘Side show’
2017 – Tai Lam Chung Reservoir, So Kwun Wat loop
2018 – Ho Pui Reservoir Loop, ‘Landslide’
2018 – Tai Lam Chung Reservoir, waterfall reroute
2019 – Tin Fu Tsai North mid mountain connector to Ho Pui, ‘Kin Man’
2019 – Ho Pui DH enhancement work