Lantau Trail Stage 3 + a lot more
Stepping down from the trusty old NLB bus at the gap between Lantau and Sunset Peaks, we rejoice in the knowledge that we have already
done the first third of our climb.…
Quickly, however, we realize that there’s still quite a way to the top of Hong Kong’s second highest point. Yet, besides a healthy heartbeat, our
well-trodden and rather steep path provides stunning views over most of Lantau Island – and the many smaller islands beyond, including
Chek Lap Kok, home to Hong Kong's International Airport. There are many steps to negotiate, so we will pause frequently for breath and to
enjoy the view. At 934 metres, the summit provides an ideal place for a longer pause and, perhaps, a snack, while we congratulate ourselves
on having ticked this impressive mountain off our list.
To many, the descent from Lantau Peak is even tougher than the climb up. If anything, the steps are bigger and the path substantially
narrower than they were coming up. However, we will walk slowly to allow us appreciating the fantastic views over the Ngong Ping plateau,
its statues and temples.
The steps end when we reach the Ngong Ping plateau, where we stop here for a well-deserved lunch break. We will stay long enough for
those who so desire to explore the Po Lin Monastery and the famous Big Buddha - the world's largest, seated, outdoor, bronze Buddha
statue. If you are keen on climbing a little extra, you are invited to walk up the 268 steps for a closer look at the 34-metre-high, 202-tonne
wonder. You could also opt to merely relax over cold refreshment by one of the small kiosks.…
After lunch, we follow an old village footpath down to Tung Chung passing 3 or 4 monasteries and temples along the way before joining the
road and reaching the old Tung Chung fort. We will have a look around this 19th century attempt to fight opium and piracy in the South China
Sea, before continuing to Tung Chung new town and the MTR back to the city….
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