Wednesdays are hiking days with my chickas and we decided to hike up to Lo Fu Tau or Tiger’s Head where we tried extremely hard to find a resemblance to that ferocious creature. However, we enjoyed the steep climb and each others company as we hiked up 465 meters of rugged, rocky terrain.
Lo Fu Tau (Chinese: 老虎頭; ‘Tiger’s Head’) is a mountain on Lantau Island, Hong Kong, with a height of 465 metres (1,526 ft) above sea level formed by granitic rocks. – Wikipedia
Difficulty : 6/10 steep climb coupled with steps and rocky terrain. Approximately 140 floors climbed.
Duration: 3 hours 45 minutes with stops for photos and water breaks.
How to get there: We met at the Discovery Bay ferry pier number 3 at Central and took the 8:40 AM ferry.
From Tung Chung there are buses that drive down to Discovery Bay bus terminus DB01, DB03. You can check Citymapper or Moovit for more options.
Once we reached Discovery Bay plaza, we walked towards Tai Pak beach and then to Seabee lane.
From there we walked to Discovery Bay road. We crossed the road and there it was!! The start of the trail.
And we started with steps. Huge steps. Now I am pretty tall but I had to take huge strides at some places. Thankfully it was cool and breezy.
We continued uphill and we felt it was a stairway to heaven which had no end 😅.
We finally reached the end of this unending stairway and we were greeted by a muddy, rugged trail.
We reached a tiny hill of 228 meters elevation which was nameless.
We could see Lo Fu Tau in the distance but to get on to that trail, we had to walk down steps called School steps that led to a concrete path.
We turned right and continued on the path till once again to our right we saw a path to a muddy trail. This was the way to Lo Fu Tau. ( Please note do not take the first two narrow trails, take the one where Patricia is standing.)
And once again the climb began. I loved it. After feasting on a wholemeal and raisin bagel slobbered with cream cheese; this was a good way to burn those cals.
We could see Lo Fu Tau looking down at us as we trudged along in the heat. The trail was open and exposed.
We continued till we reached this granitic formation. Some part of it resembled a tiger’s face.
We walked on to the left and took in the sights.
However, this was not Lo Fu Tau. We had to climb uphill again.
Finally we reached the top 🥳🥳. We met a cyclist who had carried his bike all the way to the top and he kindly agreed to click a photo of us five.
And then it was all downhill, a straight beautiful path.
We continued on this path. It was comparatively easy than what we climbed to get to the top of Lo Fu Tau.
We got to see some amazing rock formations. Some resembled Turtles, Donald Duck, male anatomy and a Lotus bud.
Now here the standing rock looks like male anatomy 😅.
We walked down the trail to Mui Wo. It was really pretty and serene, with different shades of green along the way.
We got to see folks golfing at this beautiful golf course in the distance.
We got to see cute little shrine created on the path with lucky cats, a car and some part of a remote control.
Got a photo of lizzie on a branch.
We continued towards Mui Wo. We passed the Silvermine caves on our way to Mui wo.
We passed the Silvermine falls too but it was a disappointment. We walked through the village and passed the 400 year old Man Mo temple.
We walked and walked and walked till we reached the Mui Wo ferry pier. Finally, we reached China Bear, a nice restaurant where we guzzled on beer and juices and had some delicious pizzas.
And that was the end of a lovely Wednesday. Beautiful hike and a tasty meal.
About the hike:
– Not a beginners hike for sure
– This hike is best done in winter or cooler months. If you do hike in summer, wear sunscreen or a hat, carry loads of water.
– You may need gloves at some places but not necessary.
– You need stamina to climb so eat a good breakfast well in advance.
This hike is dog friendly though saw only one cute fella on the trail. No child in sight. However, it is doable.
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