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Story Map is a database presented in the form of a map using GIS (Geographic Information System) technology to integrate various resource information into a single user interface. Users can look for specific information on the map to learn about a certain place from multiple angles. When browsing the ‘Hike in Lantau, Cherish Lantau’ Story Map, you can find information of each location on Lantau Island, including scenic spots, natural ecology, cultural history and geological information of trails, as well as landscape of Lantau Island in the past. We hope this could encourage a better understanding of the story and development of Lantau’s countryside and rural areas, thereby helping to preserve this beautiful island with our joint effort.

 

‘Hike in Lantau’ Theme Story Trails

Tung O Past and Present

 
01

10.8 km

 

Approximately 5 hours

 

Suitable for medium and long-distance hike

 

Tung O Ancient Trail is a footpath connecting several major villages in northern Lantau Island. It starts from Tung Chung in the east and ends in Tai O in the west, passing through Sha Lo Wan, San Tau, Sham Wat, etc. Since the launch of the ‘Rose Garden Project’ (new airport project) in the 1990s, tremendous changes have been observed in the landscapes of these previously quiet and simple villages, with many key infrastructures being developed in neighbouring areas, which include the Chek Lap Kok New Airport, Tung Chung New Town, etc.

As the city continues to develop, several villages along the Ancient Trail are gradually left abandoned. Despite this, trail visitors will still be able to pass through a number of ancient ruins and have a feel of rural lifestyle in the past, including ruins of forts, Lantau North Obelisk, stilt houses and so forth. The landscape in the surrounding area might have changed drastically over the years. Nonetheless, there are still something that remain unchanged.

Steep slopes are rarely observed in this route, yet it may take up to around 4-5 hours to hike, and is suitable for intermediate hikers.

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A Tranquil Walk in East Lantau

 
02

6.2 km (no point of retreat)

 

Approximately 3 hours

 

Suitable for short-distance hike

 

East Lantau is a quiet place. There are only few large-scale development projects since the launch of the resort style residential complex ‘Discovery Bay’ in Tai Pak Beach in the 80s. However, with the development of the Lantau area, islands in the eastern waters may be reclaimed for construction of artificial islands.

Tranquility and prosperity, ecology and development – can they actually co-exist?

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Pui O Wetland Treasure

 
03

1.5/1.8 km

 

Approximately 1.5 hours

 

Suitable for families and eco-lovers

 

Located in South Lantau, Pui O owns abundant ecological resources and diversified habitats that support a variety of species. Here you can visit two different types of wetlands, including mangrove wetland in brackish water and freshwater wetland transformed from abandoned farmland, each of which is special in its own way.

When visiting Pui O, you can spend a whole day quietly observing its ecology, or simply enjoy the fun of hiking in a relaxing way. Beaches and campsites there managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department also provide good options for a variety of outdoor activities.

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Fa Mun Traditional Path in Ngong Ping

 
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3.5 km

 

Approximately 2 hours

 

no point of retreat

 

Ngong Ping was very quiet in the past, which can be told from the high density of religious buildings in the area. It is also a place of retreat for monks. Prior to the development of the transportation system in the area, Fa Mun Traditional Path was the fastest option for travelling between Ngong Ping and Tung Chung. In addition, the Traditional Path ascends gently without any steep slope. Before arriving Ngong Ping, hermitages and temples can be found along the path, which gives a completely different ambience compared to the city.

Today, Ngong Ping has developed into a major tourist attraction. The Ngong Ping Market, Wisdom Path and Big Buddha have attracted many tourists. Yet, a sense of tranquility is still retained in the monasteries among the area.

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Exploring the Ancient Beauty of South Lantau

 
05

19 km

 

Approximately 6.5 hours

 

Suitable for those with considerable hiking experience and physical fitness

 

If you find the north Lantau coast being overcrowded with infrastructures, the city too noisy, or the dense high-rise buildings too suffocating, why not take a bus ride to the south of Lantau Island? Start a walk from Shek Pik, from east to west, passing through Kau Ling Chung, Fan Lau, Yi O and finally arriving at Tai O. Reminisce about the landscape of ancient villages from the calm pond, study the geography and ecology through turbid streams, and observe the past and present from historic sites.

Visit the south coast of Lantau to truly feel the nature and appreciate what a natural coast should look like. Observe changes in your mood and compare the differences of South and North Lantau as you travel across them.

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Sunset Peak in Autumn

 
06

6.5 km

 

Approximately 4.5 hours

 

Suitable for beginners who are physically fit

 

Situated in central Lantau, the 869.9m Sunset Peak is Hong Kong’s third highest mountain that belongs to Lantau Trail Section Two. It is a very popular hiking destination in autumn and winter. The sea of native Hong Kong plant Miscanthus over Sunset Peak and Yi Tung Shan, commonly known as silvergrass, has attracted a large amount of visitors. The number of tourists continues to grow with sharing and promotion on social media. During peak season, queues of people going uphill are not uncommon. The road condition of Sunset Peak is good in general, despite the slopes are steep and would require considerable physical strength to hike. Sunset Peak is a beautiful place worth visiting, if you do not mind the crowds during peak seasons.

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Tung Mui Ancient Trail – Travelling between South and North

 
07

Approximately 2 hours

 

7 km

 

Suitable for families and beginners

 

In the past, ferry from Central to Mui Wo was the only way of travelling to Lantau Island, followed by subsequent bus transfer to various points on the Island. This was why Mui Wo was so prosperous at that time. However, since the government announced the plan to construct a new airport in Chek Lap Kok, the situation has totally changed – bridges and railways directly connect urban areas to Tung Chung, and the Tung Chung New Town has developed in conjunction with the airport development project. Tung Chung is now regarded as the gateway of travelling to Lantau Island. Despite the differences in the destinies of Tung Chung and Mui Wo, the ancient trail between these two places served as a major passage for villagers in the past. An easy route, Tung Mui Ancient Trail is suitable for families to experience the transformations of Lantau Island together.

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Lantau Mountain Camp

 
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Approximately 3.5 hours

 

5.5 km

 

Suitable for those with considerable hiking experience

 

physical requirements for this trail are higher than ordinary trails

 

Lantau Peak is the second highest peak in Hong Kong and the highest on Lantau Island. A description of Lantau Peak can be found in Xinan Gazetteer: ‘Located on Lantau Island and made up of a pair of spurs, Lantau Peak resembles the shape of the home of phoenixes and is facing the Pui To Mountain.’ The pair of spurs are known as ‘Fung’ and ‘Wong’, looking like a pavilion where phoenixes reside from afar, and that is why it is called Fung Wong Shan in Chinese (literally ‘Phoenix Mountain’). Meanwhile, there is also a saying that the Peak got its name from its collapsed peak. Because of its height and geographical location, Lantau Peak enjoys a panoramic view and the stunning scenery of central and west Lantau, the Castle Peak (Pui To Mountain), Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.

There is a ‘Lantau Peak Sunrise’ portal at the entrance of the Wisdom Path in Ngong Ping, which is referring to the most famous attraction on Lantau Peak. Some people would climb Lantau Peak at night to admire the beautiful sunrise. When the timing is right, some may even be able to see the breathtaking sea of clouds.

There are many routes on Lantau Peak to choose from, which include traditional hiking trails, as well as more advanced mountain routes. Among these routes, Lantau Peak Section Three is the most popular.

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