Nobody else I know has done this – one of the most beautiful seaside walks I’ve done, certainly the prettiest and most underrated trail I’ve discovered this year so far
Distance: 10.5 kilometres
Duration: 3 hours
Difficulty: Moderate – the official hiking guide of the government rates this a 3/3, but I wouldn’t put it on the same level as Sunset Peak. It’s just a very long walk, especially since it ends in the middle of nowhere.
You have two options.
1. Tai O Fishing Village
Traditionally, this is the starting point. You can take a bus from Tung Chung or Mui Wo to Tai O, maybe even grab breakfast at one of the cafes there (blog post on this coming soon), then start your hike.
We didn’t do this, because from our perspectiveit was an anti-climactic approach. We would rather start in the middle of nowhere and reward ourselves with food and easy transportation to get home rather than start easy then end hard…
2. Kau Ling Chung
The most practical way is really to pair Lantau Trail Stage 8 and 7 together, starting with 8 from Shek Pik Reservoir walking the entire 5.5 kilometres (1.5hr) to get to the starting point of Lantau 7. This is what we did…
Doing it this way (honestly it’s unavoidable either way) will mean walking over 16km in one day. It’s long, but not too difficult, and definitely rewarding. If you have time, do check out the obelisk at the junction between 7 & 8. The views are stunning over the cliffs as well, well worth the detour away from the main trail.
Breakfast at Mui Wo
I’ve been meaning to try this little corner spot overlooking the mountains and sea, but service was terrible, and food so-so.
My top picks for food in Mui Wo:
- Bahce Turkish Restaurant – Shop 19, G/F, Mui Wo Centre, 3 Ngan Wan Road, Lantau Island
- China Bear – G/F, Mui Wo Centre, 3 Ngan Wan Road, Mui Wo
- Deer Horn Restaurant & Bar (Nepalese) – Shop 11, G/F, Mui Wo Centre, 3 Ngan Wan Road, Mui Wo
- China Beach Club – 18 Tung Wan Tau Rd
Tai Long Wan Beach & Tai Long Wan Campsite
Kau Ling Chung Campsite (Mountain Bike Trails)
Fan Lau Fort and Lighthouse, Stone Circle, and Tin Hau Temple
You’d have to make a small detour to the edge of the cliff through Fan Lau Country Trail to see these.
Fan Lau Sai Wan Beach
This is the most beautiful one we saw that day. Many people were making a sort of pilgrimage to this place, despite it being in the middle of nowhere!
Tsin Yue Wan
The last real ‘secret beach’ we passed. A bit disgusting and full of trash from the Pearl River Delta…
Farming village community
I have no idea what its name is, but we passed these tracts of farming land with some camping grounds.
Yi O Agricultural Cooperative Pier
We stopped to picnic here
And finally, the end point..
Tai O Fishing Village
I will write a separate post on the cafes you can find here, but anyway it’s an interesting place to spend an hour or so before heading home.
Happy exploring x