It was a Chinese new year holiday and even though it was a rainy morn and the skies were grey, Nigel and I decided to hike. So we took the train to Tung Chung, met our friend Urvi and explored the Chi Ma Wan country trail.
Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes. Approximately 10 kilometres . Nearly 140 floors climbed according to my Apple watch.
How to get there: From Tung Chung bus terminus, we took 3M and alighted at Lo Wai Tsuen bus stop and retraced our steps to Tap Tap restaurant. However, we did make a stop for hot samosas and lattes at the Garden cafe near the Garden nursery. We crossed the road and took the left. We walked on the narrow winding path passing through the fields where water buffaloes grazed lazily.
We kept passing through beautiful houses , a small lake and kept walking towards Ham Tin Kau Tsuen uphill.
We kept on the path and then took the steps to the left. The path was rugged, rocky and rough.
We came across a-lot of bovine dung along the way and had to keep a watchful eye lest we stepped on those dung cakes. Someone had shoved sticks in some of these cakes resembling oversized candles atop chocolate cake 😅.
We continued on the path till we reached the start of the Chi Ma Wan Country trail and then started our ascent.
We climbed up myriad steps and the views got better as we ascended up this muddy trail.
We could see Pui O beach, Sunset peak and Lantau peak in the distance as we climbed.
We reached the first peak Miu Tsai Tun, of 302 meters in height. It was cold but the views were stunning even though there was cloud cover.
We continued downhill all set to climb the next peak , Lo Yan Shan which we could see in the distance. The path to that peak was beautiful too and we spotted a handsome trail runner sprinting hurriedly to that peak.
We reached the top of Lo Yan Shan where the trigonometric station was atop a fire lookout. We could see Cheung Chau and Hei Ling Chau from this peak. We enjoyed some piping hot tea prepared by Urvi which was manna to the soul on this cold winter’s day.
We continued downhill and walked towards the Shap Long reservoir following the signs.
We came across old, abandoned AFCD structures as we walked pass and continued towards Chi Ma Wan road.
We came to the police mess but here we got a bit confused , so we took the left behind the mess and continued up the slope. We went round the correctional institution.
Thankfully there were ribbons to guide us. We kept on walking and walking and walking. We decided to go back to Tung Chung so we didn’t take the ferry from Pui O ferry pier.
We were famished. We tried calling the number on the board which mentioned taxi but to no avail. We stopped a blue taxi and got a car from the cab driver for the Lantau blue taxi.
We finally reached the start of the country trail and walked towards the bus stop and took the 3M bus to Tung Chung Bus Terminus near the MTR.
And finally we were at Tung Chung! We headed to A Tavola and had a scrumptious late lunch with sheesha which was very much needed after the 6 kilometre hike turned into a 10 kilometre one.
This was a very enjoyable hike , very picturesque and more so on a clear, sunny day. This is not an easy hike but absolutely doable.
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