Sunday, 19 March 2017

Weekend Wander: Tai O Heritage Trail

Hong Kong is more than just a concrete jungle. In fact, the ease at which you can hop from bustling cityscapes to natural landscapes is one of Hong Kong's most endearing features. And with around 70% of the region being covered in lush countryside, there's no shortage of hikes to escape on.

Hike Name: Tai O Heritage Trail
Duration: 4-5 hours
Difficulty: Medium
Lantau Island is an unexplored frontier for me as far as hiking is concerned. There are loads of fantastic hiking opportunities on Hong Kong’s biggest island and some of Hong Kong’s most arduous treks can be found here. The Tai O Heritage Trail is one of the less strenuous but longer choices available on the island. It runs for 16km from Lantau’s main town of Tung Chung all the way to the charming fishing village of Tai O in the south, snaking through mini villages, temples, sweeping hills and the eerily gigantic Hong Kong – Macau bridge that is being constructed. It’s long but makes for a fantastic Sunday walk.

Getting there: Take the MTR to Tung Chung (orange Tung Chung line), Exit B and head down Yu Tung Road. You should see signs for the trail and Hau Wong Temple which signals the beginning of your hike. At Tai O, you can hop on bus 11 back to Tung Chung. Be aware that the queue will be very, very, very long on weekends, especially Sunday.
The 'Bible' of hiking in Hong Kong - Hike Hong Kong - is one of the best resources out there for budding hikers in the region. There are a wealth of hikes on there with easy-to-follow directions and pictures to each one.

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