Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Lantau Section 9-10-11-12

(updated: 2020-02-02)
25 km (7 hours)

7/10. For distance and 700m elevation gain.

Cel phone coverage: Full.

Water needs: 2.5 liter. 20% shaded

6/10. Too much of it is flat pavement.

Map & Details:

Exercise Area: No

Transportation: Take bus route 1 at Mui Wo Bus Terminal; or take bus route 11 in Tung Chung and get off just after the Shek Pik reservoir. Ferry back to Central from Mui-Wo

Why it's worth it:

Get off the bus just after having crossed the Shek Pik reservoir dam. There are washrooms there so might as well use them because there won't be any for a while. When done, wash your hands! ;-)
Then cross the dam.

Right after the dam, turn right

Trail is pretty straightforward; just follow the signs with the little hiking guys and you'll be fine. Yeah, high likeliness of these friendly hiking wild buffaloes...
About 1h45-2 hours in, at Shui Hau village. Follow the sign to the right, along the road. 
About 500m later, on your left, you'll leave the side of the road via a set of steps.

On the way down to Pui-O, about 5 hours in.
Only place where I wasn't sure whether to go left or right. Go right!

In Pui-O, the signage is not great. You'll want to turn right towards the beach before the bus stop. If you see that you went through he village on the main road, you went too far. You'll sign the distance post every 500 meters so use them as your guides. From this point on, smooth sailing to Mui-Wo in section 12
About 18.5km in (5 hours). On the right side, you'll see the gate to Chi Ma Wan. But you are going to take the trail on the left, with steps.

Arrived in Mui Wo, why not have a bite at China Beach Club (not China Bear by the pier, China Beach Club, by the beach, about 10 minutes walk from the pier). Red fish curry, Greek salad and apple crumble! Yum!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Lantau Section 7-8

(11.11 kilometers)
3.5 hours

Difficulty: 4/10. For distance and slight elevation gain.

Appreciation: 8/10. A nice, easy trail with some nice views. First half is shaded but second one is not so, might be good to start the trail early afternoon.

Transportation: Take bus route 1 at Mui Wo Bus Terminal; or take bus route 11 in Tung Chung all the way to Tai-O. Take bus route 1 to Mui Wo Ferry Pier, or take bus route 11,23 to Tung Chung. Please note that bus 11 is almost always packed and you may not be able to board for a while.

Why it's worth it:


Right by the bus terminal, walk on the bridge and take a left.

You will walk towards the village. There's often nice wildlife in the mangrove.

At the village.

About 35 minutes in.

About 50 minutes and 3.5km in, you may get to this dirt road. I say may because this was a construction area which hopefully will be fixed back into the proper Lantau trail eventually.

Anyhow, make sure not to get lost. There is a small path going through the construction site. On the left.

Beaches aplenty

Follow the signage towards Shek-Pik

Follow Shek-Pik (reservoir)

Just before the the end of section 7, you'll reached this paved road. It will be paved road from this point on and to the end.

A waterfall along the way. Eventually, you'll reach the end of Section 8, there are toilets there and the bus stops.

Lantau Section 4-5-6

(12.75 kilometers)
4 hours

Difficulty: 6.5/10. For distance and elevation gain.

Appreciation: 9/10 if you have never been to Ngong Ping and Tai-O. 5/10 otherwise as a large portion of the trail is on the road.

Transportation: Take bus route 2 at Mui Wo Bus Terminal; or take bus route 23 in Tung Chung. Return from Tai-O's bus terminal. Take bus route 1 to Mui Wo Ferry Pier; or take bus route 11 to Tung Chung. On weekends, the bus lines get quite long.

Why it's worth it:



You'll arrive at the main Ngong Ping gate. Just go through...

If you've never seen the big Buddha, why not take a moment to climd, enjoy the view, then go back down to the temple for some tea.

Follow the indications to the wisdom path.

You will arrive here. Right at the end of Lantau Section 3...

... with the wisdom path which you may take a bit of time to visit if you have never done so.

Section 4 is actually behind the railing and the sign, when you are ready.

Section 4 is quite trivial. But it does give a good overview of the whole Ngnon Ping site.

Back to Ngong Ping.

Go through the village and to the bus stop, then on Ngonn Ping Road, heading right.

Ngong Ping Road. Not the most interesting part of the trek.

You''ll arrive at the start of Section 5. Going towards Man Cheung Po.

Long after, you will go past the abandon pavilion. Quite nice.

Ending up in Tai-O. If you've never visited Tai-O and it is not too late at night, have a look. Quite a special place.

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Please, don't litter!

Hiking is about communion with nature. So please pickup after yourself. There's no excuse to leave plastic bags, water bottles or any rubbish on or around the trails; if you managed to bring it, you can manage to bring it back!