Although Tung Lung Chau's highest hill is only 232 meters high, trust me when I say that my hiking buddy's and I are agreed that it's one of the most difficult we've attempted in Hong Kong to date -- for not only was the trail up this unnamed peak very steep but we felt like the vegetation was trying to mug us, and definitely did leave us with lots of bloodied scratches on our arms and legs. Then on the way down, while I felt that we were done with the hard part, somehow my hiking buddy started reacting badly to the different trail we descended along not having much shade -- so much so that I got to fearing that he had got heat stroke!
At the very least, it's the first and only time we've hiked together that he decided he needed to lie down and rest for a while near hike's end -- and also the only time where he needed me to run and get him some more liquids from the nearest stall where I could get him something cold to drink! Fortunately, he perked up some after he got some cold liquids into his system...but boy, did this turn out to be a hike that we'll never forget, and not for the best reasons!! :O
Initially, as we headed southwards from Tung Lung Fort
and up to higher ground, we were exhilarated by the
splendid views to be had that afternoon
Can you see the trail up the hill?
(If you answer in the negative, you're in
good company with us!)
On badly overgrown trails like this, one is
super grateful to the hikers who have gone before
and left ribbons to help show the way
I'm not completely sure if they're worth it but there is
also no denying that from the top of the hill,
the views are pretty grand indeed
The winding concrete path that took us down the hill
(and also to the southwestern and western sections
the island) also offered up scenic views
Tung Lung Chau's western cliffs are on the rugged side
A sight for sore eyes -- I don't mean the general scenery
but the pier that we needed to get back to catch
a kaido back to Hong Kong Island!
Hooray, we made it -- and yes, with plenty of time
to spare before the kaido arrived!