Kai Kung Shan
[Feel so confused~] Kai Kung Shan or Kai Kung Leng?
“Viewed horizontally, it’s a ridge. Viewed on the side, it’s a peak. The height differs when looking near or from afar.” These are words from a poem of Su Shi. Hong Kong’s has its own version named “Kai Kung”, two mountains of similar name yet contrast greatly. One is called Kai Kung Shan, and the other is called Kai Kung Leng.
先介紹你身處的雞公山(Kai Kung Shan，399米)，位於西貢區，有說由於山丘連續起伏如雞冠而得名。雞公山是麥理浩徑第三段的必經之路，站在山頂，你可欣賞360度全美景，東邊為西貢西郊野公園，可欣賞蚺蛇尖、雷打石山、畫眉山、石屋山、岩頭山、牛耳石山等群山峻嶺；南望斬竹灣的長山、太墩山；西邊遠眺三杯酒、企嶺下海；北面則見八仙嶺及船灣。
We first introduce Kai Kung Shan with an elevation
of 399 metres, situated in Sai Kung. Its name is Kai Kung Shan, (Rooster
Mountain translated directly from Cantonese) because the hills on the mountain
take the form of a chicken’s crown. Kai
Kung Shan is an essential thoroughfare of the third section of MacLehose
Trail. Standing on the peak, you can
admire a 360-degree view, facing east is Sai Kung West Country Park, Sharp
Peak, Lui Ta Shek, Wa Mei Shan, Shek Uk Shan, Ngam Tau Shan, and Ngau Yee Shek
Shan cluster of mountain ridges. Towards
the south is Cheung Shan of Tsam Chuk Wan, Tai Tun Peak; westward is Sam Pui
Chau and the sea; to the north is Pak Sin Leng and Shuen Wan.
至於雞公嶺(Kai Kung Leng，585米)位於新界西北部，又名為「圭角山」或「掛角山」。《大清一統志》：「山多老桂，兩峰對峙，其形如角，故名」，大約古人也覺得平排的幾個主峰有點像雞冠而得名。
As for Kai Kung Leng with an elevation of 585 metres, it lies on the north-western part of the New Territories. It is also known as Kwai Kwok Shan. From 「Records of the Unity of the Great Qing」 (an official chronicle compiled during the Qing period, and reflecting the geography of the Qing Dynasty), “Mountain full of old Chinese cinnamons, with two peaks confronting each other face to face, shaped like a horn and so how it is named.” Even ancient peers thought that parallel peaks resembled a chicken’s crown.
The open scenery at the top of Kai Kung Leng, overlooks Yuen Long, Kam Tin, Shek Kong and the cross-border area. It is also an excellent place to find Miscanthus, also known as feather grass. However, Kai Kung Leng is only suitable for experienced and well-prepared hikers. The long stretch of ridges has fluctuating elevations, no shade, and is difficult to hike.
Kung Shan, majestic views allow you to observe the sea and sky blend into
one. The mountain of Kai Kung Leng
oversees lush and beautiful countryside.
However, both mountains are plagued with the same problem of severe soil
erosion. Hikers not only need advanced
hiking skills to conquer both rugged trails, but they also need to take special
care of the mountain trials.
可以點做？請參考：What can you do? Please refer to:
可持續山徑 – 建立「無痕山林」郊遊文化
Sustainable Trails – To Build “Leave No Trace” Culture
請支持愛惜天然山徑，歡迎登入綠惜地球「共築可持續山徑 – 無痕山林教育計劃」網頁，認識更多愛惜郊野資訊！
cherish nature trails and feel free to log on to The Green Earth website, 「Sustainable
Trails – Leave No Trace Forest Education Program」 to learn more.