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Lantau Trail in 4 days

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You can’t say that you had a true Hong Kong experience if you didn’t hike there. Weekend hikes made me feel like if I belonged to some community there. Spending time walking around is quite popular among Hongkongers. Lantau Island is a perfect place if you look for an escape from the city life. Here is a guide how to complete the 70 km long Lantau Trail that crosses the island.

There is a total of 12 sections that are well marked. Also, every 500m, there is a distance post which makes the navigation easier. Under each section, you will find a pdf map of a particular part.

 

DAY 1

Section 1 | Section 2 | Section 3

How to get there:

Section 1 begins at Mui Wo Ferry Pier. The easiest way is to take a ferry at Pier 6 in Central. You can also take a bus 3 or 3M at Tung Chung MTR station.

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Section 1 is an easy walk. Once you pass Lychee Yuen village, you will have a nice view over Mui Wo. Section 2 is where the hard part starts. The way goes up, sometimes on challenging slopes. Your efforts will be rewarded once you reach the hills of the Sunset Peak. On weekends, expect lots of people. Once you pass Sunset Peak, you need to go all the way down to the road at Pak Kung Au, where the bus stop is. There is a picnic site, so you can take a rest before hitting the section 3, considered as the toughest part of Lantau Trail. You will have to climb almost 500m up before reaching the highest point on the island. You need to be careful when going down, the steps can be quite steep sometimes. It will probably take you 6 hours without breaks to cover the distance of 13,5 km. If you start in the morning, you will still have some time left to visit the Big Buddha and the area around it.

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How to return:

Walk to Ngong Ping bus terminal. You can take bus 2 to Mui Wo Ferry Pier, or bus 23 to Tung Chung MTR.

 

DAY 2

Section 4 | Section 5 | Section 6

How to get there:

Either you catch a ferry in Central till Mui Wo, and then, take a bus 2. Or, you take MTR till Tung Chung and then, the bus 23. Either way, you get off at Ngong Ping bus terminal.

Section 4 starts near the Wisdom Path and the archway with a colorful statue of a phoenix. Those 3 sections are pleasant when it comes to the views, but can be challenging sometimes. Get enough water and some snacks. The three sections cover a distance of 14km. It should take you around 5 hours to complete it. If you leave early in the morning, you will still have time to explore Tai O, a fishing village.

How to return:

In Tai O, there is a bus 1 to Mui Wo Ferry Pier or bus 11 to Tung Chung.

 

 

DAY 3 (and eventually day 4)

Section  7 | Section 8 | Section 9 | Section 10 | Section 11 | Section 12

How to get there:

Take a bus 11 from Tung Chung MTR or bus 1 from Mui Wo.

In order to complete this part, you need to start early in the morning. The first part of the 7th section is a nice walk along the coastline. Then, the way goes up. Currently, some part of the trail is closed and there is an alternative way starting from the distance post L059. Walking the section 8, you will have some amazing sea views. Section 9, 10, and 11 is a fairly easy walk. When you arrive at Pui O, you can camp on the beach, and finish the last section on the following day. You will need almost 8 hours to get there. This place can be crowded during the weekends. In the last section, there are some steep slopes, so you need to be careful, and you need to count around 3 hours to complete this part. At the end, you will arrive close to the Mui Wo Ferry Pier. Where you can take a ferry to Central.

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I think section 2, 3, and 7 are my favorite. How about you?

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  • Reply adele miner

    These pictures are so dreamy, definitely somewhere I would love to see for myself! So glad I came across your blog, I always love finding new ones like yours to add to my reading list! x

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    2017-06-07 at 9:08 pm
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