Tai Mo Shan is the highest peak in Hong Kong at 957 metres above sea level. This was once an active volcano during the Jurassic period that is found in the Tai Mo Shan Country Park more or less in the middle of the New Territories. Interestingly, while being the highest peak, Tai Mo Shan is not difficult to visit and is something that even families with children can do if wanting to get outdoors and take in a bit of exercise.
There are several ways to approach Tai Mo Shan with the most convenient being from the west along Tai Mo Shan Road. Upon entering the country park from Twisk Route, you simply follow the road past the Visitor Centre all the way up to the Weather Radio Stations at the Peak. It is a simple and straight-forward upward approach along paved road.
Hikers will likely prefer to use the MacLehose Trail (section 8) from Lead Mine Pass (to the east) or the same Tai Mo Shan Road & Twisk Route junction (to the west) to visit the peak. The trail to the west skirts through some of the hillside and forested areas and stays near the Tai Mo Shan Road until around the half way point, then simply joins the road as it becomes a series of switchbacks up the mountainside.
Regardless of taking the road or the MacLehose Trail, you will see nice forests, hilly landscapes with tall grass and as you get higher, quite a few lookouts with landscape views. Once you reach Tai Mo Shan, you can walk around the Station and enjoy views of all of Hong Kong. You are only limited by sky conditions.
Note: For Hikers wanting a bit more challenge, on the east side, after clearing the designated car park area, there is a grey trail that heads straight up the peak, instead of the longer, winding road. You need to have hiking apps on your mobile phone ready if you want to try this approach. It is much shorter but vey steep. The trail is overgrown at times and the ground not always firm and stable. As such, proper hiking shoes are important while trousers and gloves can be useful as well if wanting to take this route up the final stretch. Note: Along this grey trail, you'll find impressive boulders, a couple that you can sit on and have picnic while enjoying views, mostly on your own as very few people take this trail compared to simply using the road down below.