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Kam Shan Country Park - Hong Kong's monkey haven

If you find monkeys adorable creatures, you might want to visit Kam Shan Country Park, a Hong Kong attraction featuring thousands of these pesky critters. The 3.37 square kilometer park is a nature reserve located in the northern hills of Kowloon. Kam Shan, which literally means Golden Hill, is the highest peak in the area.

The park is also referred to as Monkey Hill by the locals because of the numerous macaques that dominate the lush forest reserve. The most common and prolific species include Rhesus Macaque (Macaca mulatta) and Long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis). It is believed that these monkeys, which are known to steal food from tourists' bags, are descendants of monkeys released by pet owners in the 1920s. A word of caution though for tourists, never feed the monkeys! Aside from legally forbidden, feeding these creatures can be dangerous because they can get very aggressive.

Besides monkeys, the Kam Shan Country Park is also home to other wild animals such as squirrels and many bird species including like the Crested Goshawk (Accipiter trivirgatus), Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), House Swift (Apus (affinis) nipalensis), Greater Coucal (Centropus s.sinensis), Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), Rufous-backed Shrike (Lanius schach) and Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius).

The park also provides several vantage points along the slopes of Golden Hills, offering amazing panoramic views of Tai Mo Shan, Needle Hill, Sha Tin New Town, Lion Rock and Beacon Hill, among others.

Another attraction in Kam Shan Country Park is Smuggler's Ridge which is a section of the former British military defense system, the Gin Drinker's Line. These historic defense bunkers, which were built in the 1930s, are still very much intact.

How to get to Kam Shan Country Park: Take bus no. 72, 81, 86B or a red minibus to Tai Po Road near Piper's Hill. Walk along Kam Shan Road for about 10 minutes to the park.

Kam Shan Country Park Photo Gallery

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