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, which is about as close to mainland China that you can get without a written permission from the
Commissioner of Police... Indeed, during the first part of the hike, we will be able to see (and even hear) the outer suburbs of the rapidly
developing Chinese border city of Shen Zhen. However, it is not long before we put today behind us and dive into history...

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 Sha Tau Kok Hoi and Ap Chau Hoi. 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, it is just a short walk past old fish ponds and through woodland to the tiny village of Sam A Tsuen, where we end our hike
with a delicious Chinese lunch at what is
one of Hong Kong's most remote restaurants.

After lunch - and a swim? - we board a speedboat and sail through the calm protected waters of the Yan Chau Tong Marine Park and down
Long Harbour to the bus stop at Wong Shek Pier in the northern part of the Sai Kung peninsula.
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Plover Cove Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
... exploring Hong Kong's other side...
Lai Chi Wo Forest & Sheung iu Tin Trail, Plover Cove Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
Hike Summary
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12 km
5 out of 10
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: 415 metres
Loss: 415 metres
incl. taxi to trail-head & boat ride*
Highest Point:
125 metres
    *other transport & lunch not included
Time Spent on Trail:
5.5 hours
Walking: 4 hours + Breaks: 1.5 hour
Meeting Time & Place:
9:30 am
at Fan Ling Railway Station
Finishing Time & Place:
4:30 pm
at Wong Shek Pier
Price for this hike as a Private Event on request
  or 5:15 pm  
in Sai Kung town.
Food & Drink:
Snack breaks at Yung Shue Au (5 km) and Lai Chi Wo (9 km).
Lunch at restaurant in Sam A Tsuen at the end of the hike (11.5 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 secluded pier
in Sam A at the end of the walk, so consider bringing swimwear, reef shoes and a towel. Showers are available at
the restaurant.  
Note 2:
Due to the cost of renting the boat and to its limited seating, this outing requires a minimum of 6 participants,
while being restricted to no more than
9 participants.
Note 3:
For the full version of this hike which doesn't include the speedboat ride, please click here.
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and for any claims, injuries or damages arising thereof.
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So Lo Pun Manor House & Starling Inlet Mangrove, Plover Cove Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
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