Sunday, November 19, 2017

Shorter Chi Ma Wan loop (Sesame bay-芝麻灣半島)

13k, 4.5 hours

7/10, 8/10 if really hot as the first few kilometers are in plain sun and climbing.
477m elevation gain

Cel phone coverage: Coverage everywhere.

Water needs: 1.5 liters.

Appreciation: 9/10. Although not as scenic as MacLehose section 2 and 3, Chi Ma Wan has some gorgeous sights. And it starts and ends at a beach so that's quite nice in itself.

Transportation: Central Pier 6 to Mui Wo. 35 to 50 minutes depending on whether you take the fast or slow ferry. Then take NLB 1 and stop in Pui-O (about 10 minutes), you can ask the bus driver for cheaper fare as this sectional. Return the same way.

Why it's worth it: 

Exit the bus in Pui-O. That's the first village after the drive in the hills.

At the 'Welcome to Pui O' statue, take the Chi Ma Wan road.

Follow the Chi Ma Wan road.

You will be walking on Chi Ma Wan road for 25-30 minutes.

Eventually, on your right, you will see the start of the Chi Ma Wan country trail for you to take. 

Take the stairs next to the map. Don't take the left nor right path.

About an hour and 3.5km in, you will have reached the Miu Tsai Tun peak.
Soak-in the amazing views. The path path will go down a bit then back up to the Lo Yan Shan peak. After Lo Yan Shan, it's mostly shaded and a relatively easy hike.
About 1.5 hour in and a little bit more than 4km, you'll reach this intersection. If you head left, you'll get the long version of Chi Ma Wan. But this time, head right and up
About 1h50 hour in and 5.25km, you'll reach this intersection. Head right. Then keep going straight on that trail until you have looped back at Pui-O beach, at the beginning of the trail.

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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!