The Gentle Way

One of the best places in Hong Kong to get away from it all is the Plover Cove Country Park in the northeastern New Territories. This easy
walk will take you through mountain valleys, around old fields, along rocky shores of small inlets and past abandoned villages.  

Following a taxi ride from Tai Po, we begin our walk in the large, but well-hidden, village of
Wu Kau Tang. Consisting of a number of
interconnected villages, Wu Kau Tang is one of the most species rich lowland forest sites in Hong Kong, according to the WWF. A total of 164
tree species have been recorded in the Wu Kau Tang fung shui wood....

Next, we skirt the empty houses of Kau Tam Tso before entering the country park proper, though we might try to sneak a peek through the
doors and windows of these abandoned residences....

Once inside the country park, the path surface changes from concrete to dirt or boulders, but it is well-maintained and our route is virtually all
downhill. We pass the ruins of Sheung Miu Tin and Ha Miu Tin and eventually follow the very colourful mangrove-clad shoreline of Sam A Wan
to reach Sam A Tsuen at the western edge of the Yan Chau Tong Marine Park.

Here we enjoy a delicious early lunch and cold drinks at
one of the SAR's most remote restaurants while also savouring tranquility of this
beautiful corner of Hong Kong; one of the few places where jack hammers are unknown and mobile phones useless…

After lunch, we crest a little knoll to reach the impressive old Hakka village of Lai Chi Wo; home of an ancient mangrove forest. With its
network of interweaving buttress roots, the
Coastal Heritiera makes for a very intriguing sight. Many trees are so large that it takes two
people to hug, while some roots grow to chest height.

Lai Chi Wo is about as far away as you can get in Hong Kong, so walking out would not be in line with the idea of a gentle outing. Thus, the
next part of the outing is an exciting boat ride through the Yan Chau Tong Marine Park to the pier at either Wong Shek near Sai Kung or Fung
Hang on the southern shore of Starling Inlet....

If we go to Fung Hang, we would have time for a quick look at Fung Hang before overcoming a short flight of concrete steps to reach the
hamlet of Luk Keng from where we return to the city using various means of public transport.
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... exploring Hong Kong's other side...
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Mangrove and feral cattle near Sam A village, Plover Cove Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
Hike Summary
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for an idea of where
this hike will take you.
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8 km
(or 9.5 km, if going home via Fung Hang)
1 out of 10
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: 85 metres
Loss: 190 metres
incl. boat ride*
Highest Point:
105 metres
    *other transport & lunch not included
Time Spent on Trail:
4.75 hours
Walking: 3.5 hours + Breaks: 1.25 hours
Meeting Time & Place:
9:15 am
at Tai Po Market Railway Station
Finishing Time & Place:
3:30 pm
in Sai Kung or at Fan Ling Railway Station
  or 4:30 pm  
on Hong Kong Island.
Price for this hike as a Private Event on request
Food & Drink:
Lunch at restaurant at Sam A Tsuen (5.5 km) - not included.
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.
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Stepping stones over small stream in Plover Cove Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
Sam A Wan from above and Fung Hang village from sea-level
Colourful rocks at the edge of Yan Chau Tong Marine Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
Michael Hansen, helping you explore Hong Kong's other side...
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