Tuesdays are for short and sweet hikes but this hike turned out to be a 3 hour hike in search of the Mau Wu Shan fort ensconced in the hills and I succeeded in finding this over century year old structure. Felt great for a history buff like me. 😁
Duration: 2 hours 42 minutes , approximately 9 kilometres
How to get there: Take the ferry to Sam Ka Tsuen/ Lei Yun Mun. It’s a 15 minute ferry ride. The timetable is here http://vps.coralseaferryservice.com.hk/en/timetable/#trip2. Walk towards Lei Yun Mun estate and get on to Ko Chiu road towards the Chinese Permanent Cemetery.
Alternatively you can take the Mtr to Yau Tong and exit at A and walk towards the Chinese Permanent cemetery.
I started walking up the steps towards the Wilson Trail ~ Devil’s peak. On the way I got to see old ruins up the path towards Devil’s peak.
Finally after the climb up the steps, I took the left on the concrete path as I had Devil’s peak umpteen times before and I needed to be home for lunch.
I kept on to the path till I came across a flight of steps on my left going downhill.
I landed on Pik Wan road and then turned right to get on O King Road. I kept walking till I reached the beginning of the trail to Black hill.
I came to the Wilson trail sign and a whole lot of signs and took the left. The climb started again.
I reached a rest area/ pavilion and turned right towards steps that went downhill. But what does down, goes up too and that was short lived till the climb uphill began again.
The views were pretty…. High Junk peak could be seen in the distance. Lohas Park, Tseung Kwan O could be recognised with the skyscrapers standing tall.
The steps were followed by a rugged path upwards and I trudged along in the sweltering heat.
Finally I reached the trigonometric station but continued towards the hill with the airplane reflectors.
This wasn’t a very steep climb up. I kept walking till I reached a pavilion. I continued past that till I reached the reflectors.
I reached the reflectors and took the path behind it. Got some lovely views from there.
I kept walking towards the hill and kept going straight. Here the path was all rugged and stoned.
I came to sign that finally pointed towards Mau Wu Shan and kept on the trail.
I came across some markings on trees with arrows. Sadly my google translator was unable to translate it but I took a chance and followed the arrows.
I came to a rest area where quite a few people were chilling and exercising. I asked a gentleman where Mau Wu Shan tsai was and he pointed me in that direction. I took the path of rocky steps downhill.
Woohoo 🙌🏼 finally the Mau Wu Shan fort was in sight. Sadly it was barricaded and there was a sole security guard there. However it was worth it.
A bit about the fort:
Mau Wu Shan abandoned bunker, fort or Observatory, is located on the slope of Mau Wu Shan in Tseung Kwan O. The abandoned fort has a history of over 100 years and is a Grade I historical building. The mottled brick walls have witnessed the changes of the times.
In the Qing Dynasty, it was used for observing the traffic of ships passing Fat Tong Mun channel. It is also said that the abandoned fort was a defense facility for the British army during World War II.
I had scrambled behind the barricades to get these views and pictures.
Finally, I bid farewell to the fort and the security guard and continued downhill.
After the steps I reached a road and took the left and kept walking on it. It was a long walk 🥵.
I reached the Haven of Hope hospital and walked past that. I passed some old abandoned houses that belonged to the hospital.
I felt this road was never ending but thankfully came to a road on my right that led me to an MTR. ( Grateful to the handsome bloke on the bicycle who directed me there. 😁)
I came to a walking path and there were signs pointing towards the MTR. However when I reached the crossing on Po Hong road, I decided to walk towards the bus stop and took the number 694 back to the island. (The bus stop is near Verbena Heights. There are signs pointing towards Po Lam MTR and you can follow the signs to get there.)
This hike was nice and interesting at the end when I got to see the Mau Wu Shan fort. I love history and I love exploring so for me this was an exciting hike. I didn’t do Devil’s peak as I mentioned earlier but you could cover that as well, only it would definitely take more than 3 hours.
This is not a very known trail or path but it is familiar with the locals. This is child friendly and dog friendly however do carry ample water and sunscreen as one is exposed to the sun quite a bit on this hike.
Do try it and follow me Charmaine Rangel for more fun hikes on https://www.facebook.com/honkiehiker/.
Thank you and take care of yourselves. 😊