Week-ends & Public Holidays

On this walk around the secluded northeastern corner of Hong Kong we will visit old temples, ancient villages and a couple of ghost towns,
while at the same time savouring the tranquillity and enjoying the beauty of the countryside.

We begin our walk at Luk Keng - a small village that has recently witnessed a bit of a revival since the old fish ponds were renovated and
opened to the public.

Passing a couple of old villages, some of which have recently seen its first new inhabitants for decades, we make our way to the ghost towns
of Yung Shue Au and So Lo Pun following the contours of the Starling Inlet.  For many years, villagers here made a good living from farming
and fishing, but they were also frequently the first port of call for "visitors" from the mainland... Nowadays, the houses have been abandoned
and are falling into disrepair, yet walking around these villages is quite fascinating and offers good photo opportunities.

There are a couple of steep but short hills to climb before we reach the beautifully restored temple in the big old Hakka village of Lai Chi Wo.
Lai Chi Wo is also the home of an ancient mangrove forest. With its network of interweaving buttress roots, the Coastal Heritiera makes for a
very impressive sight. Many trees are so large that it takes two people to hug, while some roots grow to chest height.

From Lai Chi Wo we pass more fish ponds to reach the village of Sam A Tsuen, where we will stop for lunch at one of Hong Kong's most

After lunch we continue along the mangrove clad shoreline, before making our way inland to eventually reach new minibus stop at Wu Kau
Tang.  Consisting of a number of interconnected villages, Wu Kau Tang, is the terminus for the infrequent bus from Tai Po.
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16 km
6 out of 10
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: 515 metres
Loss: 415 metres
Highest Point:
125 metres
Time Spent on Trail:
5.5 hours
Walking: 4.25 hours + Breaks: 1.25 hour
Meeting Time & Place:
8:45 am
at Fan Ling Railway Station
Finishing Time & Place:
4:20 pm
at Tai Po Market Railway Station
Price for this hike as a Private Event on request
  or 4:50 / 5:05 pm  
in Kowloon / on Hong Kong Island.
Food & Drink:
Snack breaks at Yung Shue Au (5 km) and Lai Chi Wo (9 km).
Lunch at restaurant in Sam A Wan (11 km) -
not included.
Note 1:
While there are no beaches along this route, it would be possible to go for a refreshing swim off the pier in Sam
A, so consider bringing swimwear and a towel. Showers available at the restaurant.  
Note 2:
The itinerary as described above is possible only on week-ends.
Please check
Northeastern Exposure for the week-day version.
Plover Cove Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
Lai Chi Wo Forest & Sheung iu Tin Trail, Plover Cove Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
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So Lo Pun Manor House & Starling Inlet Mangrove, Plover Cove Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
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