“But what will we do if it rains?”
“Exactly the same thing we would do if it weren’t raining…”
That’s what Moritz’s uncle told his dad in Alaska and that’s exactly what we did last Saturday. Rain or shine, there was no way we were staying indoors being couch potatoes. (I mean, we could’ve gone to a museum, which was on my list, but I really wanted to get some fresh air and a bit of exercise).
There’s something about being in the office day in day out on the weekday that drives me outdoors on the weekends, and I didn’t give a flying f*ck that the weather was sh*t that day…
Plus, the night before we gorged ourselves on cakes and cookies and other goodies in Carbone, HK’s latest it-restaurant (New York-Italian cuisine) in Hotel LKF.
Distance: 14km (LONG)
Duration: We did this in 3 hours but Discover Hong Kong says “Approx. 6 hours”. If you were a snail (and there were many on the path), then that would be about right…
Start at Tung Chung MTR. We used this map from the HK Tourism Board but relied on Google Maps to get to Hau Wong Temple.
From MTR Tung Chung Exit A, take a left on Shun Tung Rd, then a right at Yu Tung Rd.
We took the overpass / ramp walkway following signs to Hau Wong Temple / Tung O Ancient Trail until we hit a left turn which didn’t feel right so we backtracked and found the correct turn leading out of the main roads and into the walking path.
- Umbrella, if it’s raining
- Waterproof hiking boots if possible (none of us had these on so we just got our feet wet and dried them later on by stuffing crumpled newspapers into them. IT WORKS. Make sure to change the newspapers after a few hours for a quicker drying process. On a rainy and humid weekend this is the only recourse I can think of unless you want to get stuck with damp stinky shoes. OR manually dry them with a hairdryer…)
- Food – Although there are actually places along the way where you can grab a local bite, or even better wait until Tai O (more on this later)
- Raincoat – We saw some people on the trail waearing these
- Rain cover for your backpack. Didn’t have this either, everything got soaked…
- Ziplocs / Plastic bags for your valuables
For almost the entire first half of your hike, you will be looking at the airport across the water. And then for the second half, almost sadly, will be the bridge from HK to Zhuhai / Macau.
Unfinished bridge to Macau / Mainland China; they’re also building from the other side and it looks like it won’t be long until they meet halfway. A bit interesting to see it before completion
The path was criscrossed by health waterfalls almost all the way through because it had been raining for days / weeks beforehand
There are several clean public toilets on the path. Never had to pee in the bushes once. It’s because it’s a well-used path by the inhabitants of the many villages along the trail.
Where to eat
- There are a few local eateries along the way, notably around Sham Wat Wan halfway through
- Street Food: Seriously good gai daan tsai or egg waffle, the best I ever tasted, in Tai O’s Shek Tsai Po Street. The “Egg Puff Uncle” – a legend in the area – uses charcoal to fire his tiny stone oven for an egg waffle with a subtle smoky aroma and a crisp but chewy texture
- Tai O Heritage Hotel: Their restaurant, Tai O Lookout, would be the luxury alternative, but I haven’t tried it to date.
- Fresh Seafood grilling on the street, like king prawns and oysters with melted cheese on top
- Quaint Cafes along Shek Tsai Po Street, Tai O, some overlooking the water. Personally the view would ruin my appetite tho…
Until the next hike,