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Lai Chi Wo is an ancient Hakka village toward Crooked Harbour. The peculiar plants of White-flowered Derris and Hollow Tree are view spots.

Lai Chi Wo - A trail for hiking in Hong Kong

Lai Chi Wo
Distance: 13.5 Km
Duration: 5.5 hours
Diff.:

3.0

Scn.:

4.0

Start: Minibus 20R from Tai Po Market Railway Station, get off at Wu Kau Tang

End: Minibus 56K to Fanling Railing Station

At the crossing of Sam A Tsuen, you could take the path on the left via Lai Tau Shek to Wu Kau Tang.

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Wu Kau Tang

The trail starts from the the concrete path on the left of the pavilion with a map board beside the carpark at the end of Wu Kau Tang Road. Along the path down, turn left soon at the junction to Sam A Tsuen. At the next fork, take the right path to Kau Tam Tso according to the signpost. Head the trail, it goes forward at the junction after joining the muddy path. (Taking the upper left fork could also go to Sam A Wan but via Lai Tau Shek.)

The path on the left

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Sam A Chung and Sam A Wan

Head the sylvan trail, it is gently down towards east. Walking along the stone path under the shade trees alongside the little murmuring brook, the sun light that straight passes through the gaps between leaves could be seen and it has a frest aura of forest. Beyond Sheung Miu Tin and Ha Miu Tin, the tree shade decreases gradually. Near Sam A Chung, the red rock appears on the ground. You could also see the mangroves on the shore near the entry of the stream. Go ahead, it skirts along the tranquil inlet of Sam A Wan. After joining the concrete path, it comes to the cross-junction of Sam A Tsuen. (There are some restaurants.)

Sylvan stone path

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Exit: You could retrace you way or pass through Lai Tau Shek to return to Wu Kau Tang from the cross-junction if do not go to Lai Chi Wo.

Related route: Sam A Wan

Sam A Chung

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Sam A Wan

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Siu Tan

At the cross-junction, take the way to Lai Chi Wo ahead. Along the well paved stone path, it goes through the sylvan terrain and leads up gently. There are also some abandoned old houses. After the descent, it runs alongside a brook and then comes to the coast of Siu Tan. After a left turn, you could see the mangroves in a large scale along the muddy shore. Looking far ahead, the hill of Lo Fu Shek Teng is within your sight. Climbing up to the lookout pavilion on the left, it offers a full view over Lai Chi Wo village and the mangroves. Continue on along the main path. Passing through the junction to Kop Tong on the left, it runs to the right leading to Lai Chi Wo village.

Wooded stone path

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Overlook Lai Chi Wo under Lo Fu Shek Teng

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Lai Chi Wo

Along Lai Chi Wo Nature Trail, you could obtain a view of the woods of ancient Looking-glass Tree (Heritiera littoralis) which roots are relatively large, and of White-flowered Derris like flamboyant calligraphy as if it were in a primary forest. Passing through a short bridge, it comes to the open flatland in front of Hip Tin Temple. You could visit the village via the main entrance on the left. Moreover, there are also some eateries, but most of them are available in hoilday only. In addition, you could go to the coast to obtain the full view over Crooked Harbour by running the path on the right from the flatland, then retrace your way. (the coastal path leads to So Lo Pun)

Related route: So Lo Pun

Looking-glass Tree

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Afterward, along the concrete path from the left of Hip Tin Temple, it leads up to the famous Hollow Tree which inside was eroded. Joining the path paved with wood through Fung Shui Woodland, it comes to a tree named Cinnamomun Camphora. At the junction, take the path to the right to Fan Shui Au according to the signpost. Head the trail, it joins a stone path and begins uphill. At the junction to Chu Mun Tin and Miu Tsz Lam, take the right fork leading up to Fan Shui Au.

The wood path

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The muddy shore

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Kuk Po and Fung Hang

At the junction of Fan Shui Au, take the way forward leading down to Kui Po. Along the stone path, it winds down and cuts through thick woods. After going beyond the public toilet and joining the concrete path, take the left fork at the junction. Along the way, you could see fields and houses in Kuk Po. Go ahead, it comes to the coast of Kuk Po, then follows the coastal path to the left to Fung Hang. Looking far northward, lofty Ng Tung Shan of ShenZhen could be seen. After winding along the coast, it comes to the entry of Fung Hang village on the left. Head the trail to the right, take a flight of steps up then go down to the barbecue site.

The grassland of Kuk Po

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Heading along the coastal trail, it leads to a open flatland with an eatery. Afterward, take the road on the right that leads to the junction of Bride's Road, then follow Bride's Road to the right to minibus terminal of Luk Keng.

Branch: At the junction of Fan Shui Au, you could also take the left fork to return to Wu Kau Tang via A Ma Wat.

Overlook Kuk Po

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Summary

Rambling through the Marine Park could enjoy the beautiful and peaceful place such as the rocky shore and the smooth water surface. Walking along the nature trail, the unique natural masterpieces and the bucolic lifestyle could be seen. Moreover, Visiting the old village could better understand the historial culture. There is worth travelling again and again.

Text : Horace

Last Updated : 10.04.2015

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