Saturday, October 27, 2012


A nice view of Tai Mo Shan, the highest peak in Hong Kong.

 HK-80450, sent by Helena.
Tai Mo Shan, literally "Big Hat Mountain"; is the highest peak in Hong Kong, with an altitude of 957 m. It is located at approximately the geographical centre of the New Territories.
Tai Mo Shan was once a volcano and has long been extinct, so it is made up of volcanic rocks from the Jurassic age. Today a small hill that is part of Tai Mo Shan known as "Kwun Yum Shan" still vents warm air though cracks in the rocks that lead all the way to the mantle.
 Due to the height of the mountain, it is claimed to be Hong Kong's most misty area, as it is often covered in clouds. In summer it is frequently covered with cumulus clouds, especially on rainy days, and in winter stratus clouds and fog often cover the peak.
It is rather easy to hike to the peak as there is a road all the way at a comfortable gradient. People actually cannot access the highest point on Tai Mo Shan, as it is occupied by a Hong Kong Observatory (ex-RAF) weather radar station. - in: wikipedia

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