THE PEAKS OF LANTAU
(includes Stages 2 & 3 of the Lantau Trail)
From the ferry pier in Mui Wo, we warm up by slowly making our way through a maze of concrete footpaths to reach the country park
boundary. This is then followed by a gentle climb along an old village path up to Nam Shan, where our challenge starts in earnest....
Ascending Sunset Peak involves tackling quite a few stone steps, but the higher we get, the more the path levels out, and the views, first over
Silvermine Bay and then over Pui O beach, are simply magnificent.
Just below the summit, we reach an old missionary summer retreat and pause long enough to catch our breath, before making our way
around the freely roaming cattle to begin a fairly steep downhill stretch. As we descend, we take in the superb views over the very inviting
Cheung Sha beach and our next challenge, the daunting 934-metre tall Lantau Peak, located at the other side of the deep Pak Kung Au gap.
While we don't have to go all the way back to sea-level, we soon realize that there’s still quite a way up to the top of Hong Kong’s second
highest point. Yet, besides a healthy heartbeat, our well-trodden path provides stunning views over most of Lantau – and the many islands
beyond. We pause for breath and lunch at the peak while congratulating ourselves on having ticked these impressive mountains off our list.
To many, the descent from Lantau Peak is even tougher than the climb up. At first we scramble down a clearly marked but, at times, slippery
path. Then the steps begin….
They end when we reach the Ngong Ping plateau, where we stop for a well-deserved refreshment break at one of the small kiosks. We will
stay long enough for those who so desire to climb up to the Big Buddha or explore the Po Lin monastery….
After lunch, we follow the old village footpath down to Tung Chung passing 3 or 4 monasteries and temples along the way before reaching the
old Tung Chung Fort. We will have a quick look around this 19th century attempt to fight opium trading and piracy in the South China Sea,
before continuing onto Tung Chung new town and the MTR back to big city….
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