Hiking on Lantau, Hong Kong

by Martin Malden

Chi Ma Wan Bay on Lantau Island

Most people’s image of Hong Kong usually includes high rise buildings, crowded streets and noisy markets.

But there are lots of places where you can get away from the hustle and enjoy some real peace and quiet.

I already wrote about Mui Wo and Silvermine Bay here – and they’re well worth a visit for a change of pace.

But if you’re into hiking there’s a whole range of options on Lantau.

One of the easiest is to walk from Mui Wo, round the eastern end of Lantau, following the coast to Pui O.

It’s roughly a two-and-a-half hour walk (longer if you want to stop and soak up some of the scenery) and, once you get to Pui O, you can catch one of the frequent buses back to Mui Wo and the ferry back to Hong Kong.

The trail is sign-posted, but mostly it’s not concreted. So in some places it’s pretty rough. You do have some hills to climb, but they’re pretty easy – a lot easier than the 1,000 steps climb I referred to here.

On the way you’ll pass Chi Ma Wan – an absolutely beautiful bay that also happens to be the location of a prison. (I doubt there’s a prison anywhere in the world that’s in such a beautiful location!).

You’ll also get great views back to Hong Kong Island and across to Cheung Chau Island. And once you reach Pui O some really stunning beaches – see the pictures below.

But perhaps the real beauty of this hike is the utter peace and quiet you experience, especially when you’re on the trail, rather than the road which you do follow in some places.

When you add in the ferry trip from Central (Hong Kong) to Mui Wo and back, plus some time to enjoy the views and have a drink on your return to Mui Wo, you’re looking at a day trip here. Leave at around 10:00 in the morning and you’ll be back by late afternoon.

Alternatively you could take a more organised tour. 1-Day Lantau Exploration with Lunch

Here are some pictures. Click on the thumbnail below for a bigger picture and then click again on the bigger picture for a decent sized one. If you use any of these pictures please be sure to attribute them to www.best-familyvacations.com.


Martin Malden

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