Man Mo Temple at small village near Mui Wo on Lantau Island, Hong Kong
NORTHERN LANTAU
... or a hike from Mui Wo via the Tai Ho lagoon to Tung Chung...

In 1276 the Southern Song court fled to Guangdong by boat, fleeing Mongol invaders and leaving Emperor Gong of Song China behind to
defend his country. He was unsuccessful and so all hope of resistance was centred on two young princes, Emperor Gong's brothers. The
older boy, 9-year old Zhao Shi, was declared emperor; and in 1277, the imperial court sought refuge in Mui Wo on Lantau Island….

These days, Mui Wo is really a collection of many smaller villages on the alluvial plain east of Sunset Peak, Hong Kong's third highest
mountain. Half an hour after its departure from the Central Business District, our air-conditioned ferry docks at Mui Wo and we start this
relatively easy hike by following a series of winding footpaths connecting those villages across mostly abandoned fields.

En route, we will visit a number of historical sights, including the Man Mo Temple, the oldest temple in Mui Wo. It is said that the temple was
built in honour of Kwan Shing Tai and Man Cheong Tai during the reign of Shen Zong of the Ming dynasty.

Beyond the temple, we pass a pretty waterfall and the entrance to a disused silver mine on our way to the tiny farming community of Wo Tin.
Climbing ever so slowly, we come across upstream valleys and hidden farms, before reaching the day’s highest physical point at 185 metres.

Here we enjoy great views over the lagoon at Tai Ho and the islands known as “The Brothers” - as well as the spectacle of planes landing at
or taking off from Hong Kong's international airport at Chek Lap Kok. Further north and way out in the distance we make out the pointy Castle
Peak and the large dormitory town of Tuen Mun.

On our way down to the lagoon, we pass a number of grave sites and abandoned terraces as well as the quiet villages of Ngau Kwu Long and
Pak Mong.

Upon reaching the coast, we have a choice between taking the flat, but slightly boring, paved path along the waterfront or the undulating dirt
path along the extreme lower foothills of aforementioned Sunset Peak. They might go off in different directions, but both paths eventually lead
us to the subway station in the modern dormitory town of Tung Chung.
Scenes from Mui Wo on Lantau island, Hong Kong
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Distance:
11 km
 
Difficulty:
3 out of 10
 
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: 360 metres
Loss: 355 metres
Price:
HK$250
 
Highest Point:
185 metres
     
Time Spent on Trail:
3.5 hours
Walking: 3 hours + Breaks: 0.5 hour
     
Meeting Time & Place:
9:00 am
at Central Ferry Piers
     
Finishing Time & Place:
1:00 pm
at Tung Chung Railway Station
Price for this hike as a Private Event on request
  or 1:30 pm  
in Kowloon / on Hong Kong Island.
     
 
Food & Drink:
Snack breaks en route.
Optional shared lunch at Tung Chung at the end of the walk.
 
Note:
Should you want to extend your day out, Tung Chung is the terminus of the cable car to the Po Lin monastery and
the big Buddha statue. It is also possible to catch a ferry or a bus from Tung Chung to the unique fishing
community at Tai O. Finally, there is a huge outlet shopping mall right at Tung Chung station....
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