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D'Aguilar Peak at 325m height lies in the peninsula at the southeast end of HK Island. At the top, Shek O, Tung Lung Chau, Po Toi islands and marine reserve could be seen.

D'Aguilar Peak - A trail for hiking in Hong Kong

D'Aguilar Peak
Distance: 9.0 Km
Duration: 5.0 hours
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Start: Bus 9 from Shau Kei Wan, get off at Shek O terminal, or red minibus from Shau Kei Wan to Shek O

End: Bus 9 from Cape D'Aguilar to Shau Kei Wan

The uphill and downhill paths of D'Aguilar Peak are rugged, very steep and cuts through thick woods in part, recommanded to put on gloves for the climb!
The satellite earth station i

After the downhill, if not to visit the marine reserve, you could follow Cape D'Aguilar Road to the right leading to the bus stop.

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Shek O

From the bus terminal of Shek O, follow Shek O Road then turn right and go straight at the junction of the roundabout. Passing through the car park, it comes to Shek O beach on the left. At the beach looking up to the right, the one lone D'Aguilar Peak is towering toward the sea. Skirt along the beach to the right end where there is a store with a barbecue site. Trace the stream on the right by the store, not far ahead, it soon joins the uphill path on the left. Along the way from there, it is required to refer the ribbons for guidance.

Note: The uphill and downhill paths of D'Aguilar Peak are rugged, very steep and cuts through thick woods in part, you are recommanded to put on gloves for the climb!

Through the car park

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D'Aguilar Peak

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The large rocky slopes

Head the trail, it ascends some patches of rocky slope then cuts through the shrubland until the wide rocky slope which seems to be inlaid in the hillside. Climb up the large rocky slope along the way from the middle of the slope slightly trending left, or the way to refer the ribbons. After climbing the rocky slope, the trail follows the muddy path uphill along the ridge. Looking back far, the rolling hills of Shek O Peak and Dragon Back could be seen. Gazing down, it offers a splendid view over Shek O which shore appears jade waters shading into blue. Overlooking to the east, the azure sky and the sapphire sea extend to the boundless horizon.

The beginning rocky slope

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Look back Shek O

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The large rocky slope

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D'Aguilar Peak

Up the trail, it gradually turns gentle. At that time looking forward, Cape D'Aguilar Satellite Earth Station at the hilltop could be seen in the distance. The trail then slightly undulates along the contours through shrubland and thicket. Beyond the warning signpost, further ahead, it comes to the station. Descend the catchwater to the right, then follow the path beside the building until joining the concrete road at the entrance of the station. Along the road down a bit, on the right side, there is a pole group arranged in hexagonal form at the center of the open grassland. Take the shortcut path by descending the catchwater on the right along the edge of the grassland, then skirting along the stone wall. Still follow the catchwater until the branch, then descend the branch on the right. Afterward, trace the catchwater to the left or right, it then joins the concrete road.

Branch: If not to take the shortcut path beside the hexagonal pole group, you could still follow the road.

Beyond the warning signpost

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Overlook the Satellite Earth Station at the hilltop

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Still follow the road down. After Passing through the sharp right turn, pay attention to the concrete side-path on the left blocked with the iron railing. Beyond the railing, detour the iron gate through the right or left gap then follow the concrete path. Head to the right junction, still go ahead. Until the next junction, turn left and go straight not far, it joins the sylvan muddy path on the right front. Gently up the path for a short distance, it follows the downhill path on the right at the junction which entry has some ribbons as a mark.

Exit: From the hilltop of D'Aguilar Peak, if not to take the steep rugged path, you could still follow the concrete road downhill then join Cape D'Aguilar Road to the right leading to the bus stop of Cape D'Aguilar.

Beyond the iron railing

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At the beginning, the path is very steep and sometimes passes through the rocky apertures. After the sharp descent, it opens up. Looking far to the south, it offers a spectacular full view over the coast of Cape D'Aguilar as well as Po Toi Islands and Waglan Island. Afterward, continuing on along the trail down according to the ribbons, it is obvious and cuts through the thick forest. The later section tames a little and finally leads to the catchwater. Trace the catchwater until the concrete flat land. Head the right path, it follows the catchwater ahead and then leads to Cape D'Aguilar Road and the radio station.

Descend rocky apertures

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Overlook Cape D'Aguilar

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Cape D'Aguilar Peak Marine Reserve

Follow the muddy path at the left of the radio station to detour it. Head to the another entrance, then trace the concrete road ahead. At the junction, descend the right path (left to D'Aguilar Lighthouse). Down to the place around fourty metres before the institute of marine science ahead, there is a pathway on the left leading down to Thunder Sound Cave. In the cave, there are many oval stones scoured by surf, so they produce sound of collision. As the cave links to the sea like a tunnel, the sounds of collision and surf seems to be amplified. Afterward, continue on along the road until the end, it leads to the specimen of whale bone at the rocky shore. Along the shore to the left, you could see a large rocky group at the seaside which has a hole in the middle. Looking far on the rock, it seems to be a large crab, so is also known as Crab Cave. Afterward, retrace the step to the radio station (the junction after the downhill) then follow Cape D'Aguilar Road via Hok Tsui Village to the bus stop of Cape D'Aguilar.

Exit: After the downhill, if not to visit the marine reserve, you could follow Cape D'Aguilar Road to the right leading to the bus stop.

D'Aguilar Lighthouse

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Crab Cave

Summary

Climbing D'Aguilar Peak at the southeast end of Hong Kong Island gives the sublime panormaic view on the jade water and over the green hills towards the boundless sea as if it were at the Ends of the Earth. Moreover, there are some unique natural scenes in the marine reserve where is quite peaceful. However, just a cape apart near the north of the marine reserve, there is a bay named Lap Sap Wan as 'Rubbish Bay' in chinese, where is usually full of rubbish. There seems to be assigning a nature reserve beside a landfill with self-sarcasm. Is there really protecting the sea?

Text : Horace

Last Update : 03.08.2016

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