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Upcoming schedule for this tour:

Fri 15 May '15, 20:00 (Book now)

Sat 16 May '15, 18:00 (Book now)

Fri 22 May '15, 20:00 (Book now)

Sat 23 May '15, 18:00 (Book now)

Fri 29 May '15, 20:00 (Book now)

Fri 05 Jun '15, 20:00 (Book now)

Sat 06 Jun '15, 18:00 (Book now)

Fri 12 Jun '15, 20:00 (Book now)

The fireflies season lasts from March until November, however the before mid May and after early September the numbers of active fireflies are really low. More tours will be hosted starting mid May '15. New schedules will be available late March.

Fireflies are small insects that produce light in the dark. Their abdomens light up in a greenish yellow light, making them easy to spot in the dark. Their flashing lights are rather spectacular, and can be remarkably bright, lighting up their immediate surroundings when sitting on a branch.

In Hong Kong there are about 20 species of fireflies, many which can be found in Tai Po Kau. Another key habitat for fireflies is the mangrove areas, as can be found at Mai Po in Yuen Long. In general fireflies like a wet, watery environment with trees and lots of rotting wood. This describes the area of Tai Po Kau perfectly, which is why there are so many of these fireflies there.

The main season for fireflies runs from March until November, with mid/late summer the high season. Different species shine their lights in different periods, depending on their life cycles.

As it is really hard to make photos in the dark, the best I can give you for an impression of how it looks is this YouTube video:

This you really have to go see for yourself, photos don't do it justice. And it's too dark for proper photos anyway!

This tour is suitable for most children, please judge your child's abilities carefully. It is late at night and involves almost 2 1/2 hours walking, making it generally OK for children from 8-9 years old, though some younger children will have no problem with it either - I've done this tour with children of all ages. An extra afternoon nap may be a good idea.

Itinerary

  • 18:45-19:00 meet up at Tai Po Market MTR station.
  • Take minibus to the entrance of the nature reserve (about 10 minutes).
  • The start of the route is steep up - hear how the sounds of the forest change as it gets darker!
  • Walk around the nature reserve, following the river (mostly level) to look for the fireflies.
  • About 22:00 return to the exit of Tai Po Kau nature reserve.

This is an easy going walk of about 4.5 km, with limited height differences.

Bring a torch and mosquito repellant.

Fee per person: HK$ 120, children 4-12: $80.

From the end point, you may take KMB routes 72, 72A, 73A and 74A, GMB route 28K (Tai Po Market MTR - Fo Tan MTR - Sha Tin), or red minibuses to Sheung Shui, Cheung Sha Wan and Mong Kok.

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