Inside what is now the Lung Fu Shan Country Park was a military site called Pinewood Battery. Apart from its historical appreciation value, there also provides a large lawn, rare on Hong Kong island, for you and doggies to run freely.
Start point of the trail: walk along Pok Fu Lam road until you see Sinopec gas station, where a narrow flight of stairs leading to Hatton road.
All direction signs are clear, keep walking towards Hatton Road / Pinewood Battery.
Then a lovely paved morning trail of 2,800m, popular among residents nearby, families and dog owners…
…in less than half an hour up, a sign showing the entrance of “Pinewood Battery Heritage Trail” unfolds.
You will find yourself on a lawn as big as two football pitches to let you and your dogs roam around, with bathroom and resting facilities provided.
Pinewood Battery was badly destroyed during a bitter fight with the attacking Japanese forces on 15 December, 1941.
What you can see on the site is its ruins. A huge gun used to sit here on this platform.
The history is well documented on information panels around the area.
This is a bird-view looking down to Pinewood Battery.
Breathtaking sunset before heading home.
You can choose to continue to hike up for an hour more to the Lugard Road at the Peak, or go the same way down to call it a day.
Photos credit: Alman Li