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Fan Lau is a place at the southwestern end of Hong Kong. Its famous scene is the convergence of waters from Pearl River and sea waters together.

Fan Lau | Kau Ling Chung - A trail for hiking in Hong Kong

Fan Lau
Distance: 16.0 Km
Duration: 6.0 hours
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3.0

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4.0

Start: Bus 11,23 from Tung Chung, get off at Sha Tsui of Shek Pik

End: Bus 11 to Tung Chung, 1 to Mui Wo

1.As the section from Tsin Yue Wan to Yi O is lack of maintenance, there is full of weeds.
2.Perhaps Yi O Tsuen could not be passed through for farmland rehabilitation.

1. If not go to The Obelisk, you could go straight down to Kau Ling Chung.
2. At the junction of Fan Lau Country Trail, you could follow Lantau Trail ahead to Fan Lau Tsuen.

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Shek Pik

Get off at the bus stop of Sha Tsui after passing through the dam of Shek Pik Reservoir. The trail starts by following Lantau Trail behind the bus stop. Head the concrete path along the catchwater, it then takes the right fork at the junction for the way to Kau Ling Chung. Beyond Tai Long Wan camp site, it gradually opens up. Along the way, it offers a distance view on the coast of Shek Pik nearby. Afterward, at the junction, leave the concrete path and take the left side path that leads down to Kau Ling Chung Camp Site.

Exit: If not to Kau Ling Chung Camp Site, you could follow the concrete path that also leads to Fan Lau.

Entry of Lantau Trail

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Kau Ling Chung

Descend the path, then turn left at the junction for the way to Lantau South Obelisk. Afterward, it comes to the pavilion. From there, you could take the circulative path on the left that follows along the offshore hillside, passes the obelisk, climbs the knoll and returns to the pavilion.

Exit: If not to visit Lantau South Obelisk, you could follow the downward path ahead at the junction leading down to Kau Ling Chung Camp Site directly.

Through sylvan path

Through sylvan path

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Along the left circulative path, it opens up with the scenic view on the indented coastline. Turbulent surf beats the shore of the cape which shape is like a duckbill. You could also look back far to Lantau Peak. Head the trail, it comes to Lantau South Obelisk on the right, a short stela. Further ahead, the beach in Kau Ling Chung could be seen below. The trail soon turns upward on the right. After climbing the hilltop, it returns to the pavilion along the downhill steps. Subsequently, retrace the way to the previous junction, then continue to descent the path to the left that leads to Kau Ling Chung Camp Site. Along the trail cross the short stone bridge, then take the right uphill path to Fan Lau (heading forward could go to the beach). After climbling up along the hillside, it joins Lantau Trail then traces it to the left.

Overlook the south coast of Lantau Island

Overlook the south coast of Lantau Island

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Fan Lau Fort

The trail winds along the hillside with railing in part section. Heading it further, the beach of Fan Lau Tung Wan could be seen far ahead. After the gentle descent, at the junction, it follows Fan Lau Country Trail on the left that leads down to the beach. Along the beach, it offers picturesque scenery but there are also lots of rubbishes on the shore. At the end of the beach, take the path on the right which entrance is obscured by the weeds. Head the path, it is slowly up. Passing through the large peculiar rock, it comes to the remnant of Fan Lau Fort. However, only the rocky fence remains around the ruins of the fort nowaday, which area covers about a half of football court. From there overlooking the rugged contour of the range of Sham Hang Lek, it is striking for the grandeur of the mountain. Afterward, from the remnant, follow the path to the left. Pass through the left fork to the remnant of Stone Circle, then still head it to the right. After cutting through the woods, it leads down to Fan Lau Sai Wan. From the beach, enter the village and continue to trace Lantau Trail. But there are few people living in the village.

Exit: If not to Fan Lau Tung Wan and Fan Lau Fort, you could follow Lantau Trail to the villlage of Fan Lau directly.

Along the hillside

Along the hillside

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The rocky fence with a background of Sham Hang Lek

The rocky fence with a background of Sham Hang Lek

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Tsin Yue Wan, Yi O and Tai O

Along the concrete path heading to the end of the beach, then ascend the right path at the junction. Up to the junction of left fork to Tsin Yue Wan Camp Site, go ahead downward. Afterward, the trail skirts along the shore of the stone beach. In the sunset, it offers a spectacular scenery over Peaked Hill and the sandbank linking it on low tide. After the gentle ascent along trail, it starts the rugged path in disrepair through very thick woods with full of weeds, that seems to pass a narrow tunnel in part section. Because it has a problem about the private ownership of the land over there, the path in such section has been without official maintainance since. Head the trail, it is narrow but obvious. Along the way, it passes through some dilapidated houses of the old village. Beyond the woods, it comes to Yi O. Follow the concrete path on the right. After skirting the cove, it then winds along the offshore hillside. Head to Nam Chung Tsuen, then follow the road northward to the bus terminal at Tai O Road.

Take the right path up

Take the right path up

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Summary

Although the trail initially runs along the catchment for a distance, it largely skirts along the offshore hillside in later section, that offers the full coastal views and the sublime landscape. In the sunshine after the rain, everything in the nature appear to be more green like spring bamboo. Moreover, it is more exciting but desolate for the hike by running through old abandoned village in Yi O nested in the valley.

Text : Horace

Last Update : 06.09.2015

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