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Lin Fa Shan lies within the middle-east of Lantau Island, west of Mui Wo at 766m in height. Its range with Sunset Peak and Yi Tung Shan is traceable to the same stock.

Lin Fa Shan | Por Kai Shan - A trail for hiking in Hong Kong

Lin Fa Shan
Distance: 12.0 Km
Duration: 5.0 hours
Diff.:

3.5

Scn.:

4.0

Start: Lantau bus 36 from Tung Chung Railway Station, get off at Pak Mong

End: Ferry to Central

It is physically demanding as there are strenuous climbs up and down to a certain extent.

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Pak Mong

The trail begins from Pak Mong (near the entrance of the passenger subway), it follows the concrete road beside the pavilion towards the valley. Beyond the small red incinerator a few steps ahead, take the uphill path on the right. It gently ascends along the northeast ridge of Por Kai Shan. Futher up, you could look back a beautiful view over Tai Ho Wan, Pak Mong village and the farther hill of Lo Fu Tau.

Head concrete path

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Tai Ho Wan

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Por Kai Shan

Head the trail upward, a sharp peak like a saddle is towering in your front - Por Kai Shan, not high but cliffy and imposing. However, the trail just skirts its hillside to go. Go ahead, Tung Chung and the airport could be seen. There is also a branch on the right along the steep west spur of Por Kai Shan leading to Tung Chung. Beyond the left recess between Por Kai Shan and Pok To Yan, the trail swings gently up. At that time looking back Por Kai Shan, it seems to become more cliffy escarpment. In your front, the peak of Lin Fa Shan peers out from behind hills in the distance.

Exit: When winding along the hillside of Por Kai Shan, there is a side path on the right that leads down to the catchwater near Tung Chung, then follows the concrete path to the left to join Cheung Tung Road. The downhill path is quite steep that requires clamber down.

Por Kai Shan

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Tracing the flight of steps up, you could overlook back the undulated rolling peaks of Pok To Yan which shape is like a knife-edge from the lateral. Afterwards, it gently winds along the hillsides. Sunset Peak in the right and the farther west soaring Lantau Peak roll and billow with mighty aura.

Related route: Pok To Yan & Por Kai Shan

Look back the cliff of Por Kai Shan

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Sunset Peak and Lantau Peak

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Lin Fa Shan

Passing through the valley in the left before the summit of Lin Fa Shan, carefully look for and take the hidden side path on the left that leads to the hilltop. The path is narrow and overgrown with weeds but not too steep. After the climb, you could see the "Bed of the God", a big flat rock lying on the hilltop which seems to be a bed made by the god, and the large craggy rocky group at the cliff edge towards Mui Wo. At the highest crest, it offers broad views around you. To the east, the spendid full view over Mui Wo could be seen. Looking far, Hong Kong Island and Kowloon are also within the sight. Moreover, Sunset Peak and Lantau Peak higher than you are at your rear.

Alternative: You could follow the main path ahead going to Sheung Tung Au if do not climb up the hilltop of Lin Fa Shan.

Look for left hidden path

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The craggy rocky group with Mui Wo in the background

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Chi Ma Wan peninsula and Pui O

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Sheung Tung Au and Nam Shan

Afterward, go ahead, then take the downhill path beside the rock under the range pole towards southwest. The path is rather obvious and steep at the initial section along the southwest slope downward. After join the smooth trail then turn left to go. At the fort in Sheung Tung Au, follow Lantau Trail to the left to Nam Shan. During the downhill, a sublime scenery over Lo Yan Shan and Pui O could be seen. Descending to South Lantau Road in Nam Shan, than head it to the left leading to Mui Wo.

Look back the pole

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Alternative: At the fort in Sheung Tung Au, you could follow the Lantau Trail to the right towards the west, down to Pak Kung Au via the hillside of Sunset Peak, or to Tung Chung through Wong Lung Hang Country Trail on the right after a short walk.

Look back Lin Fa Shan

Summary

It was quite physically demanding for the up and down. However, at the summit it was impressive for the full and spendid view over Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the sea area nearby, and the grand country seen. Moreover, there are also some interesting rocks with peculiar shape to see and enjoy.

Text : Horace

Last Update : 02.02.2015

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