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This popular trail is a circular route that begins and ends in Mui Wo, also known as Silvermine Bay. It consists of 70 kilometers of easy, difficult and at times torturous hiking. A good hiker can cover the trail in a couple of days, camping at designated spots, though it is best to take your time and dawdle rather than race. The trail is divided into 12 sections and maps are available from the Government Publications Office next to Pacific Place. Check the weather before you set off, take a mobile phone and let someone know your route.
Lying in the formidable shadow of Lantau, this tiny island is not dissimilar to Cheung Chau which is just much smaller. Home to around 8,000 people, the main occupation is fishing as is the case with most outlying islands around Hong Kong. The island does also have a small rattan and hand-painted ceramics industry. A walk through the rabbit-warren lanes of the town leads past some of the shops selling these local wares, as well as many other more everyday products. A number of small temples dot the island, and the sign-posted Family Trail guides visitors on a gentle amble through its countryside.
Peng Yu Path is a picturesque trail that encompasses the northern border of Peng Chau, the small land mass to the east of Lantau Island. It stretches from Tai Lei Bridge to Old Fisherman’s Rock and winds its way around stunning landscapes and enchanting flora. The surrounding verdant scenery juxtaposes with panoramic views of Discovery Bay illustrating the island's rich biodiversity. The path has increased access to the island that is still fairly unexplored.
Tai Tung Shan, or Sunset Peak, is one of the highest peaks in Hong Kong. Located within Lantau Island's Country Park, the magnificent mountain stands a whopping 869 meters (2,851 feet) above sea level. Trails commence from the starting point at Mui Wo and the winding expedition takes you through verdant landscapes and picturesque water features. The adventurous ascend promises stunning views of city vistas and breathtaking sunsets that give it its name.
Lamma Fisherfolk’s Village is located at Sok Kwu Wan on Lamma Island. It is an initiative by an island local and former fisherman to offer an insight into Hong Kong's maritime culture and heritage. This 2000 square-meter (20,000 square-foot) venue organizes exhibitions, demonstrations and programs that are a big draw among families and school groups. Visitors can explore the fishing junks, rafts and dwellings, learn traditional fishing methods like angling and hauling nets, as well as enjoy the dragon boat race. Take home authentic souvenirs like handicrafts and preserves, and complete your experience with a delicious seafood meal at one of the restaurants on the island.
Want to go island hopping? Well, Hong Kong has more than 260 islands. Travelers arriving by plane will land on the biggest one, Lantau, which is twice as big as Hong Kong Island and the home of the new airport. Other famous islands include Cheung Chau (meaning Long Island in Chinese), the seafood paradise of Lamma, and peaceful Peng Chau. The outlying islands provide a scenic contrast to the city's bustling environment and are just an hour's ferry-ride from the Central ferry pier. In fact, the ride itself is already a magnificent harbor tour.
Lantau is the biggest of all the outlying islands, almost twice the size of Hong Kong Island. Although the new town of Tung Chung next to the airport is bringing more people to Lantau, the island is still largely unspoilt and undeveloped. The general atmosphere is tranquil with many hiking trails snaking across the rugged peaks. Some of the interesting sites worth visiting here are the Trappist Haven Monastery, Po Lin Monastery, Tung Chung Fort, Tai O, Hong Kong Disneyland, Ngong Ping Piazza, Discovery Bay, Lantau Peak and, Mui Wo and Silvermine Bay Beach.
Lamma has long enjoyed its well-deserved reputation as a hippie hangout. Although the atmosphere is still artsy, the handover to China and changes in immigration laws for British citizens has seen the bohemian community shrink considerably. Rents are still cheap however, making property very affordable. For a great day out, take the ferry from Central to Yung Shue Wan, spend some time on Hung Shing Ye Beach and then hike over to Sok Kwu Wan for an evening meal in one of the many seafood restaurants before heading back to Central or Aberdeen.