We start our hike in the valley behind Tung Chung. The path leads us up to the Ngong Ping plateau, 360 metres above sea level, and ends at the picturesque fishing village of Tai O.
Coming up behind the Po Lin monastery gives us a serene image of the emerging Big Buddha, before entering the more touristic area of the site. There is time to visit the monastery and climb up to the Big Buddha, admiring the Bodhisattvas and the view over the island. After lunch, we hike over rolling hills and along a ridgeway -- to our highest point, Keung Shan, at 459 metres. The mountain offers splendid uninterrupted views over wild south Lantau to the distant Sokos islands. Heading down, we pass a delightful old Chinese landscaped garden before emerging at a tidal creek with mangroves and old salt pans.
At Tai O, there is time to stroll down the main street. It is lined with traditional shops, selling live and dried seafood. The village boasts vibrant temples and interesting stilt houses built over the creek.
Full-day Tour Total tour time: 8 hours, walking time approx. 5 hours Tour starts at 9 am outside Tung Chung MTR station (Lantau Island), Exit B Walking distance: 12km Grade: strenuous Facilities: Toilets en route