SOUTHWESTERN HIGHLANDS

The windswept rhododendron covered highlands at the southwestern end of Lantau Island is one of the least visited parts of
Hong Kong. It is a bit of a journey to get there and the hike itself is relatively long, but this is a truly wonderful day out where
you will explore an area that is foreign to most locals....

After a 40-minute bus ride, we finally get to stretch our legs when we reach the dam at Shek Pik Reservoir. At first we walk
along a gently climbing concrete catchwater for about an hour while enjoying the views over the So Ko Islands.

As if to make up for this gentle intro, our path starts climbing the moment we leave the concrete. However, rather than
mounting the usual steps so common to Hong Kong, our climb is more of a "slopy" nature and the panoramic views offered
at Fan Lau Teng and all the way up Tai Hom Sham are absolutely magnificent.

At first we look down at the interesting historical village of Fan Lau trying to make out the Ming dynasty fort and the Tin Hau
Temple. As we climb higher and higher, the many islands in the Pearl River delta comes into view. On a clear day we should
even be able to make out the casinos over in Macau....

As we reach the highland plateau between Tai Hom Sham and Ling Wui Shan, you could be excused for thinking that you
have somehow been transported to the Scottish highlands. This illusion, however, is somewhat shattered when we come
across the Flying Dragon that guards the Tsz Hing Monastery....

The descent from the plateau to Nga Ying Kok does involve a rather long and steep flight of stone steps, so we might suffer
from rather weary knees when we walk into Hong Kong's most western settlement, Tai O. Fortunately, this popular fishing
village, sold by the Hong Kong Tourist Board as “The Venice of Hong Kong” due to its houses built on stilts, holds so many
sights of interest that you will quickly forget the pain in your legs.

We will take a good look around Tai O, exploring its temples and
unique houses, before making our way back to the city by
bus and subway.
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Lantau South Country Park, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Lantau South Country Park, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Tai O, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
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Distance:
17 km
 
Difficulty:
7 out of 10 (due to length)
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: xxx metres
Loss: xxx metres
Price:
HK$250
 
Highest Point:
xxx metres
     
Time Spent on the Trail:
6 hours
Walking: 5 hours + Breaks: 1 hour
     
Meeting Time & Place:
8:30 am
at Tung Chung Railway Station
     
Finishing Time & Place:
4:30 pm
at Tung Chung Railway Station
Price for this hike as a Private Event on request
  or 5:00 pm  
in Kowloon / on Hong Kong Island.
 
Food & Drink:
Snack stop at end of catchwater (5.5 km).
Lunch at Tai Hom Sham (11 km) -
bring lunch box.
Refreshment stop in Tai O (17 km) -
not included.
 
Note:
As there are no stores along this route, please bring a packed lunch. Tai O does have a number of excellent
restaurants, but we may not have time to hang around too long before our bus departs.
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claims, injuries or damages arising thereof.
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