Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A hike to, on and out of Chi Ma Wan Peninsula along a quiet trail (Photo-essay)

Lantau Island's Chi Ma Wan Peninsula is home to the 18.5-kilometer-long Chi Ma Wan Country Trail that's officially estimated to take eight hours to complete.  And if that wasn't challenging enough, the nearest way to get to the trailhead on foot and public transportation is by way of an approximately 30 minute walk (covering a couple of kilometers or so) from the nearest bus stop at Pui O.

With the help of some other existing hiking paths though, one can "create" hikes in which one only goes on sections of the Chi Ma Wan Country Trail but still be able to get off Chi Ma Wan Peninsula without backtracking.  Thus it was that on one rather pleasant afternoon, a friend and I set off to Chi Ma Wan Peninsula via Pui O, and went along sections of the Chi Ma Wan Country Trail before turning back at Mong Tung Wan and using a trail closer to the water to the Tin Hau temple overlooking Pui O Wan and meeting up once again with the section of the Lantau Trail which linked back to Pui O proper...

 In recent years, I've come to realize that the hill that dominates
the landscape near the southeastern edge of Pui O isn't Lo Yan Shan
like I had long thought but, actually, Miu Tsai Tun!

The view from higher ground over on the Chi Ma Wan 
Peninsula of the section of road from whose side 
I took this blog post's top-most photo! ;b

A few kilometers into the hike, the sun shone brighter
and helped turn the sky a brighter blue! :)

 Visual proof that we were on the Chi Ma Wan Country Trail
for a time -- and by the way, the village of Mong Tung Wan 
and its pier are visible in the distance in this photo :b

A while later, we were at the pier enjoying the views 
from there, including of the distinctively rocky Miu Tsai Tun

 There's a derelict air about Mong Tung Wan which isn't
helped by one of its piers having fallen into disrepair and

  I think it's safe to say that this part of Hong Kong
is one where one can be away from the madding crowd!

 Indeed, I'd go far as to state that on that afternoon's hike,
my friend and I saw way more birds than we did other humans! ;b


Bill said...


I returned to visit this blog several times because it is a personal creative route that I find interesting and which adds to your substantial archive of Lantau adventures...The second photo from the bottom is my favorite because it is a just about perfect compositional balance of land and sea - a tranquilizing view worth meditating on.

The foreground beach at low tide contains a large (cliff-like) rock with smaller rocks scattered around it that could almost be a Zen rock garden...This leads to a middleground of the curving beach, some shabby white houses, and the diminutive figure (dressed in black) of someone walking on the beach...The background mountains and sky complete this memorable visual record that I find to be an essential bookmark on my laptop, so that I can return to visit.


YTSL said...

Hi Bill --

I'm glad you like this photo-essay as much as you do, and in particular that second photo from the bottom. BTW, I hope to further explore the Chi Ma Wan Peninsula in the not too distant future -- now that it's finally turned cool (and, it's thus hoped, the many bees that are known to make their home there, will be less active)!