Red Leaves Express of Sweet Gum Woods of Tai Lam Country Park

Fabulous Programme

Schedule Programme

Date: December 2023 to January 2024 (Everyday)

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Venue: Sweet Gum Woods, Tai Lam Country Park

Date: 16.12.2023 to 01.01.2024 (Every Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays)

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Photo Exhibition
  • Game Stalls
  • Hiking Etiquette Promotion


Remark: The above activities will be suspended or discontinued in inclement weather without prior notice.

Transport Information

Take MTR bus route no. K66 at MTR Long Ping Station / Yuen Long Town or red minibuses at Hung Min Court and get off at Tai Tong Shan Road bus station. Walk along Tai Tong Shan Road uphill for about 60 minutes to reach Sweet Gum Woods.

Road Closure

The section of Tai Tong Shan Road between the Pavilion and Tai Tong Shan Road Car Park will be intermittently closed to all vehicular traffic from about 7.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. daily on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 2 December 2023 (Saturday) to 14 January 2024 (Sunday).

Special Traffic Arrangement

MTR will operate a special service on Route K66A on 2.12.2023, and on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays between 3.12.2022 and 15.1.2023, from Long Ping Station to Tai Tong Shan Road (near pavilion) (MTR Hotline: 2881 8888).

KMB will provide special service (route no. 68R) on 25 & 26.12.2023 from YOHO Mall Transport Interchange to Tai Tong (near pavilion).


Please take note to the special traffic news from the Transport Department before setting off.

Points to Note

  1. The forest track is for everyone. Safety comes first. Watch out for vehicles/bicycles.
  2. Share the natural scenery, refrain from stepping on or picking plants.
  3. Keep country parks clean. There's no bin along the trail to Sweet Gum Woods . Please take your litter home.
  4. Reduce waste, bring along reusable water bottle, cutlery and towel.

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Know More

Why do leaves turn red?

The leaf's cells contain not only chlorophyll, but also carotenoids and anthocyanin. Due to the dry weather in autumn, low temperature and strong sunlight fasten the decomposition of chlorophyll. However, this facilitates the leaf's cells produce anthocyanin while the carotenoids is unaffected. Consequently, we can see the phenomenon of some leaves turning yellow and red in autumn.

Why do leaves turn red

Which species will turn red in autumn and winter?
Sweet Gum

楓香 Liquidambar formosana (Sweet Gum)


Sapium sebiferum
烏桕 Sapium sebiferum (Chinese Tallow Tree)

Other tree species with asethetic value in Winter

大頭茶 Polyspora axillaris (Hong Kong Gordonia)
Polyspora axillaris

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大苞山茶 Camellia granthamiana (Grantham’s Camellia)
Camellia granthamiana

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紅花荷 Rhodoleia championii (Rhodoleia)
Rhodoleia championii

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Red leaves index

Sparse Leaves
Sparse Leaves
Updated on 05/01/2024

Index Reference

Red Leave Index - Red Red
Red Leave Index - turning Red Turning Red
Red Leave Index - Yellow Yellow
Red Leave Index - Green Green
Red Leave Index - Sparse Sparse Leaves