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Tung Mui Ancient Trail was a path between Tung Chung and Mui Wo in the past, and became a nature trail. Along it, bucolic lifestyle could be seen from the old villages.

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Tung Mui Ancient Path
Distance: 11.0 Km
Duration: 3.5 hours
Diff.:

2.5

Scn.:

3.5

Start: MTR, get of at Tung Chung Station

End: Ferry to Central, buses to all districts of Lantau Island

At Pak Mong, you could take bus 36 back to Tung Chung

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Tung Chung

The trail starts by following Fu Tung Street at the opposite side of Exit D of railway station of Tung Chung and then heading along Cheung Tung Road. After passing through a short tunnel under the bridge, it soon ascents the short flight of steps on the right, then follows the smooth left path. Head it for a short distance, it soon starts the narrow flight of up steps on the right, then traces the concrete path with railing. At the begining leg, it cuts through the woods and passes through the drainage. After crossing the road, the trail joins the muddy path.

Cheung Tung Road

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Olympic Green

The muddy path is full of weeds in the initial part. Head the path not far, it crosses the stream over the large stones. At the next junction, go forward. The trail gently winds along the hillside. Beyond the woods, it gradually opens up that offers the scenic views over the coast of the northern Lantau Island, and even far to Tuen Mun and Castle Peak. However, the trail heads alongside near the highway, it is not too peaceful. Through Olympic Green, it leads down to join the concrete path at Tai Ho Wan.

Along the hillsides

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The north coast of Lantau Island

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Pak Mong

Head the concrete path to the right. After crossing the bridge, it comes to Pak Mong Village. At the entrance of the village, there is a large rock that seems to be cleaved sharply as two parts, known as "the rock for testing sword". Continue on along the trail ahead, it gently winds up after passing the village. Hearing the symphony from cicadas and seeing the lush grasses and woods, it is just in midsummer in which the nature is showing itself the most rich colours. Look up the lofty hill of Lin Fa Shan on the right with mighty aura, all things beneath it look tiny. After passing the village of Ngau Kwu Long then crossing the bridge, it comes to the junction. Follow the left fork, it soon starts the uphill path.

Exit: At Pak Mong, you could return to Tung Chung by taking bus 36.

The rock of testing sword

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Overlook Lin Fa Shan

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A grassland and a brook

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A Po Long

Along the trail up, you could look back the coast of Tai Ho Wan and overlook the undulated ridgeline of the green hills on the left. Further up, it leads to the pavilion at the high ravine of A Po Long, where is also the starting point of Lo Fu Tau Country Trail. Follow the trail ahead, it winds downward to the pavilion at Mong To Au. Head to the open grassy patch to the right forward, it offers the splendid full view over Mui Wo nestled among the mountains toward the sea. Other than Silver Mine Bay and the valley of Mui Wo, Hei Ling Chau is also within the sight in the distance.

The uphill up

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Overlook Mui Wo

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The grasses reflecting sun light

Silvermine Bay Waterfall

Follow the downhill path on the left from the pavilion. After passing some village houses and Silver Mine Cave, it leads down to Silvermine Bay Waterfall Garden on the left in where the famous waterfall is. In midsummer, it is imposing that the stream is surging straight down off the hill as if it were an angry white dragon pouncing down violently from the sky. Afterward, continue on along the trail, it soon passes through the archway of Pak Ngan Heung and the village houses, then follows the main road ahead to Mui Wo Rural Committee Road. According to the signpost there, it leads to the pier of Mui Wo.

The downhill path

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Silvermine Bay Waterfall

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Summary

Walking along the ancient trail from the city in Tung Chung to the old villages distributed in Pak Mong and Mui Wo, it is recalled that living in the countryside is simple and plain. However, the continuous developments over there could be seen along the coast. It is to be regretted that our peaceful green places has been reduced so far.

Text : Horace

Last Update : 11.06.2014

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