CHI MA WAN PENINSULA 芝麻灣半島
Within an hour of leaving Hong Kong’s Central District, you will find yourself face-to-face with feral water buffalo as you cross the abandoned
paddy-fields near Lantau Island’s Pui O village. Despite concerted efforts of environmentalists, the buffalo might soon be losing out to
developers, so bring your camera to capture what might soon be a historic scene….
Indeed, you might want to keep your camera at the ready for most of the walk as the views are beautiful and varied as we follow coastal and
woodland paths around the Chi Ma Wan peninsula. A concrete path leads us from Pui O to the village of Mong Tung Wan, home to a - currently
– closed youth hostel and an – apparently - former holiday resort....
Beyond Mong Tung Wan, we begin the first of our three relatively small climbs of the day as we pass a number of ruins on our way to join a
well-maintained and generally shaded dirt trail which follows the contours of the peninsula. From above, we first look down at Yi Long Bay
with the secluded Sea Ranch resort and across to Shek Kwu Chau (or Stone Drum Island). Later on, the path occasionally disappears into
woodland, but we are also treated to views of Cheung Chau island.
The picturesque and quiet Chi Ma Wan Reservoir offers a second great setting for a snack break. Shortly afterwards, we leave the dirt track,
temporarily, and reach the eastern shore of Lantau and the less-than-picturesque former Chi Ma Wan detention centre. We won’t linger but,
passing along the beach, we might wonder what life used to be like on the inside.
Once the prison is out of sight, our partially concreted path follows the contours of the coast through quaint tiny hamlets, buffalo inhabited
plains, banana groves and vegetable fields before arriving in Mui Wo from the south.
With a ferry back to Central every 40 minutes, we can enjoy our late lunch at one of Mui Wo’s fine pubs or eateries without worrying too much
about time. Mui Wo also has a nice beach, should you want to chill out after the meal....
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