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Lo Fu Tau, 465m in height, is lies at the northeast of Lantau Island and at the west of Discovery Bay. At the top, a full view of Discovery Bay, Lin Fa Shan could be seen.

Lo Fu Tau - A trail for hiking in Hong Kong

Lo Fu Tau
Distance: 10.0 Km
Duration: 4.5 hours
Diff.:

3.0

Scn.:

4.0

Start: Ferry from Central to Discovery Bay; Bus DB01R from Tung Chung, DB03R from Sunny Bay

End: Ferry from Mui Wo to Central; Bus 3M to Tung Chung

The uphill path climbing Lo Fu Tau is partly full of loose gravel and steep that would require clambing slightly.

At A Po Long, you could follow Olympic Trail to the right to Tung Chung via Pak Mong.

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Parkvale Village to Lookout Pavilion

The trail starts by passing through Discovery Bay Plaza southwards from Discovery Bay Ferry Pier, then following Discovery Bay Road. Head the road to the right a bit, it soon traces Discovery Vallery Road at the left junction. Along it keeping to the right side gently up a short distance, it ascends a short flight of concrete steps on the right to Parkvale Village according to the signpost. Up to the private road, continue to follow the next flight of steps on the right. Ascending to Parkvale Drive, follow the left road at the opposite junction towards Crystal Court by the signpost. Not far ahead, it then starts a long flight steps on the right upwards. Up to Woodland Court, follow the left muddy path. Head it through the lawn, the trail soon ascends the long flight of steps. Afterward, it traces the concrete path horizontally to the right then joins the muddy path. Along it gently up to the junction, it turns right then leads up to the lookout pavilion. Gazing down, a distance view of Discovery Bay could be seen.

Discovery Vallery Road

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Look up Lo Fu Tau

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Lo Fu Tau

Passing through the pavilion, the trail follows the concrete road ahead. After a short distance, it joins the muddy path on the right. At the moment, the hill of Lo Fu Tau is towering with mighty aura at the front. Head the trail, it is obvious along the way. At the beginning, it cuts through the woods with the gentle slope, then contours along the ridge and turns steep later. Lo Fu Tau means "Tiger Head" in the chinese name, therefore look up to the cliff of the huge rocky tower at the top of the ridge which is the "face" of the "tiger", it seems to make threatening gestures. Further up, the main path will skirt around the escarpment to the right upward. If you would like to climb the cliff, there is a shortcut side-path on the left at the bottom of the tower with the ribbons as a mark for the entry, which is very steep that requires you clambering. Both of the routes are to the same destination. Up to the top of the ridge, it comes to the path junction converging the both.

Go ahead through the pavilion

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Ascend the main path ahead a bit and look back, a huge "tiger" gazing to Discovery Bay could be seen which seems to howl anytime, and the path also becomes the vein lines on the back of the tiger. Afterward, head the trail further, it leads up to the top of the hill of Lo Fu Tau. Overlook to the east, it offers the full view on Discovery Bay. The ridge of Tai Che Tung is undulating northward until Sunny Bay. Moreover, look far to the northwest, Castle Peak and Tuen Mun are almost hidden in the mist like a mirage.

Note: The path climbing Lo Fu Tau is partly steep, it would requires you clambering.

A look back

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Look back to the 'Tiger Head' and Discovery Bay

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A Po Long

Follow Lo Fu Tau Country Trail ahead not far, at the junction by the map board still go forward. It could lead to the hill of Tai Che Tung if turn right. Head the trail, it winds along the hillside and slowly descends roughly toward the southeast. Along the way, you could overlook the reservoir of Discovery Bay and see some unique rocky groups. Further ahead, it approaches the majestic hill of Lin Fa Shan which undulated ridge seems to be a huge horizontal screen. Afterward, the trail comes to the pavilion at A Po Long and joins Olympic Trail.

Exit: You could also follow Olympic Trail down to Pak Mong then continue to trace it along the left hillside to Tung Chung.

Related Route: Tung Mui Ancient Path (Olympic Trail)

Head Lo Fu Tau Country Trail

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The reservoir of Discovery Bay

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Miu Wo

Along the concrete path of Olympic Trail to the left toward Mui Wo, it then descends to the pavilion at Mong To Au. At the right open space, it offers a full view over Mui Wo. Afterward, descend the long flight of concrete steps on the left opposite the pavilion. After join the concrete path, it comes to the junction by the village houses then turns left. Passing through Silver Mine Cave, it leads down to Silvermine Bay Waterfall Garden on the left. At that time, follow the path to the right through the village of Pak Ngan Heung then head the wide concrete road. Until the next junction, follow Mui Wo Rural committee Road on the left, afterward according to the signpost, it leads to Mui Wo Pier.

Along Olympic Path to the left

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A full view over Mui Wo

Summary

At the hilltop of Lo Fu Tau, it is pleasant to enjoy the natural scenery on the north of Lantau Island and the splendid views over the rolling hills and the long indented coasts. Looking around, however, the forests are continously submerged by the floods named "Development", all are changing into pale and hollow ruins of concrete jungle. The oasis being full of vitality which is only remaining of the great will become a small isolated island of an island.

Text : Horace

Last Update : 24.12.2017

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