The Hong Kong government has listed 16 high-risk hiking locations in country parks and reminded hikers to avoid them.
According to a written reply to a question raised by Legislative Council member Kenneth Lau regarding accident black spots in country parks, Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing has reminded hikers that some of these locations have been the sites of serious, even fatal, accidents.
After consulting the Civil Aid Service and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), Wong named a number of high-risk locations for hikers.
They included Suicide cliff at Fei Ngo Shan in Ma On Shan Country Park, Bride’s Pool Waterfall in Plover Cove Country Park in the New Territories, Lion Rock Peak in Lion Rock Country Park in Kowloon, the Kau Nga Ling area and Shui Lo Cho in Lantau South Country Park on Lantau Island, among others.
There have been several serious accidents and fatalities recently that involved hikers falling from a height at spots far from trails under the AFCD’s management.
Last November, a 48-year-old woman died after falling off Suicide Cliff, and a 69-year-old experienced male hiker fell to his death while trekking on one of Hong Kong’s most difficult trails – Kau Nga Ling or “Dog’s Teeth Range” south of Lantau Peak.
The full list of high-risk location can be found on the “Enjoy Hiking” website. Hikers are advised to check the list before planning their routes.
In Hong Kong, 80 hiking trails with a total length of about 500 kilometers are under the management and maintenance of the AFCD within country parks and special areas.
However, there are a number of other trails that are not under the AFCD’s management. The government says it does not keep information on all these trails and advises hikers not to explore new routes on their own or hike on unmaintained paths.