Kau Nga Ling
|Kau Nga Ling|
Kau Nga Ling Ridge
|Elevation||539 m (1,768 ft)|
|Prominence||539 m (1,768 ft)|
|Location||Lantau Island, Hong Kong|
Kau Nga Ling (Chinese: 狗牙嶺; lit.: 'Canine Teeth Range'), known locally as Dog Teeth Range, is a series of precipitous mountains on Lantau Island, Hong Kong, with a height of 539 metres (1,768 ft) above sea level. It is one of 16 "high-risk" locations for hikers and is notorious for three expert-level hiking trails leading to the summit of Lantau Peak.
History [ edit ]
Name origin [ edit ]
The mountains resemble the teeth of dogs, when viewed from above.
Geology [ edit ]
Volcanic rocks are widely distributed in Hong Kong and formed most of the highest mountains in Hong Kong, such as Tai Mo Shan (957 m, the highest mountain), Lantau Peak (934 m, the second highest mountain) and surrounding mountains including Kau Nga Ling. This is in contrast to the many mountains in the Kowloon area that are formed by Granitic rocks, such as Lion Rock.
Geography [ edit ]
To the north of Kau Nga Ling is Lantau Peak's summit (934 metres (3,064 ft)). To the west is Shek Pik Reservoir, which captures water from Kau Nga Ling and nearby ridges. To the south is the Tong Fuk village area, while to the east, there is another mountain called Cheung Yan Shan (443 metres (1,453 ft)).
Access [ edit ]
There are three primary ridge hikes on Dog Teeth Range leading to the summit of Lantau Peak -- West Dog Teeth, Middle Dog Teeth and East Dog Teeth. All three routes are technically and physically demanding, as hikers need to deal with jagged clusters of rocks, while ascending 800+ metres under exposed conditions.
Of all three routes going up, West Dog Teeth is considered the most difficult to climb, and it meets Middle Dog Teeth at a precarious, but aptly-named location known as Lifeline (一線生機), where it is so narrow that only one person could go through at any given time.
Hiking safety [ edit ]
Dog Teeth Range is one of the most popular hiking spots for experienced hikers in Hong Kong.
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
- "PRIMARY, SECONDARY & TERTIARY PLANNING UNIT AND VILLAGE CLUSTER BOUNDARIES SHEK PIK, SOKO ISLANDS, CHI MA WAN PENINSULA AND CHEUNG CHAU 2016 POPULATION BY-CENS"(PDF). Hong Kong Government Planning Department.
- "Hiker dies from a 30-metre fall at Kau Nga Ling on Lantau Island". Young Post | South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
- "Lantau South". www.afcd.gov.hk. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
- "WSD - Shek Pik Reservoir". www.wsd.gov.hk. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
- "West Dogs Tooth". Hong Kong Hikers. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
- says, Kim R. Comilang (2020-01-15). "WEST DOG'S TEETH HIKE 'HARDEST HIKE IN HONG KONG'". Journey Era. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
- staff, Asia Times (2017-11-27). "Hiker, 69, falls to death on notorious Lantau Island trail". Asia Times. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
- CoconutsHongKong (2018-10-29). "Woman discharged from hospital after slipping on Dog Teeth Range | Coconuts Hong Kong". Coconuts. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
- "行山男狗牙嶺「一線生機」墮崖亡". on.cc東網 (in Chinese). Retrieved 2020-03-31.
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