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Grass Island lies to the east of Tolo Channel and the north of Sai Kung West Country Park. Its landform is relatively even also with open grasslands along the coast.

Grass Island | Lung Keng Kan - A trail for hiking in Hong Kong

Grass Island
Distance: 7.0 Km
Duration: 3.5 hours
Diff.:

3.0

Scn.:

4.0

Start: Ferry from Wong Shek via Ko Lau Wan, or from Ma Liu Shui to Grass Island

End: Ferry from Grass Island to Wong Shek, or to Ma Liu Shui

The path descending to the pebble beach of Che Wan is very steep, it is required to clamber.

If not go to Lung Keng Kan, you could follow the concrete path from left of the football field to return the pier.

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New Fishermen's Village

The trail starts by following the steps on the right after going from the pier to the shore. Through the Yung Shu Village, head the concrete path. Passing the basketball court of New Fishermen's Village, it comes to a pavilion. Go ahead, it joins the coastal path with railings. Along the coast, it offers a splendid view over South Channel and the village of Ko Lau Wan at the opposite coast, and the hilltop of Sharp Peak gradually appears behind that. Beyond the southern coast, it slowly ascends and then winds on the grass slopes along the hillside. In the midsummer, it is enjoyable and comfortable for brushing through face by the sea breeze and breathing deeply toward the unlimited sea, that everybody want.

Take the right steps

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South Channel and Ko Lau Wan

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The green grassy slope

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Balanced Rock

Further ahead, there are two large rock-cubes piling up horizontally in the right front at the shore - Balanced Rock. Heading to the junction, take the right fork down then follow the muddy path on the right of the seats that leads down to the rock. Afterward, retrace the steps to the junction. Continuing on along the main path to the right, it gently ascends to the lookout pavilion beside the football field. There is a larger grassland on the slope where is a popular place for camping and flying kite.

Lying down on the grass slope toward the sea, the fresh aroma of grasses could be sniffed. There are some cows on the grassland nearby enjoying their leisure time, that some of them are eating, rambling and even staring blankly. Overlooking to the sea, the azure sky, the aquamarine ocean, the limitless horizon and the green hill ranges of Sharp Peak stretching to the sea, all colours feast the eyes. By closing the eyes to listen carefully, the sounds of the wave along the shore and the chirping of cicadas could be unceasingly heard as a natural chorus.

Exit and branch: If not go to Lung Keng Kan, you could follow the concrete path from the left of the football field to return the pier, or from Sheung Wai take the uphill path beside the cabin with transmission to climb the hill of Mau Ping Shan directly.

Balance Rock

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The horizon

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The cove of Kung Pui

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Lung Keng Kan

Head the trail from the lookout pavilion along the right side of the football field. After following the concrete steps, it is slowly up to Dragon View Pavilion. Afterward, it joins the muddy path ahead. Along the trail not far, pay attention to the right side path at the junction. Tracing it, you could overlook the small island of Kung Chau on the right-forward along the way. Passing through the small lawn, it comes to the broader grassland. Toward the Kung Chau, head to the northern shrubbery at the end of the grassland. There is an obscure path on the left in the shrubbery (Facing the entry of the path is roughly toward Port Island and it has ribbons as a mark).

Along the sylvan path, it soon sharply turns very steep but there are some ropes for assistance. Descending further, it leads down to the pebble beach of Che Wan. At that time looking to the right, the peculiar rock of Lung Keng Kan is towering at the coast. You could approach it by stepping on the rock as a platform at its front. The right side of the rock seems a cliff and its 'hilltop' is jutting out toward sky. It is not large but imposing.

Note: The path descending from the grassland to the pebble beach of Che Wan is very steep, required to clamber!

Head the steps uphill

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The path entry on the left, northward to Port Island (left-upper)

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Lung Keng Kan

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Mau Ping Shan

Return to the junction then go ahead along the pebble beach close to the hillside. Heading to the left glassland, take the sylvan path on the left uphill (ribbons as a mark at the entry). It is gently up with ribbons for guidance on the way. Up to the junction, take the right fort (left to Dragon View Pavilion). Passing through the thick woods, it joins the main path to climb Mau Ping Shan. Following the path to the right, it ascends slowly. Past the grassy patch, it cuts through the thicket and leads to the hill range pole. At the hilltop, toward the south, you could overlook Sharp Peak, Ko Lau Wan and the southern Grass Island, westward to Wan Tsai peninsula. Further ahead a bit, the north Port Island which rocks appear in red could be seen.

Note: Part of the path is cutting through thick woods.

Along pebble beach

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Sharp Peak and Ko Lau Wan

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Sheung Wai

Retrace the way downhill along the main path. Return to the junction that has been passed before, go ahead. Descending to the grassland beside the cabin for transmission, take the left path before the cabin. Afterward, follow the concrete path to the right, then take the left fork at the junction according to the signpost to the pier. Passing through Tin Hau Temple, it leads down to the coastal village and then turns left to the pier.

Down to grassy patch

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The coastal grassland

Summary

Hiking in Grass Island offers the sublime mountain and ocean scenery over Sharp Peak, and the jade screen on the undulated open grassy patches. The island was busy and bustling in the past. Nowaday, there are not many remaining villagers, instead they could still live the simple and peaceful life in the island. Perhaps finally, what the people always pursue the endless desire for the life is not more than such, isn't it?

Text : Horace

Last Update : 25.06.2015

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