Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival On South Lantau Trail – Part 2

Last year Hayley and I celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival with some of our friends by climbing up one of a rivers in New Territories. This year to make it romantic, we decided to hit the trail at the South Lantau Island, which is one of the most remote areas of Hong Kong. We literately saw more spiders than humans during or 3 day hike.   (This is our second part of our journey, click here to find out my first part)

Explore the Southwestern Limit of Hong Kong

On our second day, we started off at the Tai Long Wan Beach and headed towards Fan Lau Village. Of course, being Hayley and Phil, we took the path less travelled. It took us to the southern coast of Lantau Island. The coastline was absolutely stunning and we were able to looked at many of the outlaying islands off the coast of Lantau. Many of them lie within the Chinese border. Effectively, we were hiking near the maritime borderland of Hong Kong.

During our explore, we even came across a border stone left behind by the Brits many years ago. It was officially called the Lantau South Obelisk and reminded me the ye old British time.

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The carving on the stone says ‘This stone is place 200 feet above the H.M. Mark for the purpose of protecting it from the possible inboads of the sea’
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We were hiking on the head land on the coast. What a lovely view of the sea and a beautiful countryside, but the heat was absolutely brutal.
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Even this panoramic picture doesn’t do any justice on how awesome this view was.

 

Checking Out the Fan Lau Village

After exploring the south coast, we took an interesting trail to the the Fan Lau Village. On the way there we came across some interesting beaches. This area of Hong Kong was so remote that we had the entire beach to ourselves. This was certainly a surprise to us and was one of the highlights of our trip. Let’s put it this way,  it would require at least 5 hours of hike from the nearest main roads from either side of the trail, and many Hongkies aren’t that dedicated to walk that far.

Of course,  we didn’t waste any opportunity and had a nice swim in the sea all by ourselves. We felt very sorry to the British soldiers who had to defend this part of the empire! Must have been a difficult job! xD

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Despite the brutality of the heat, we were stunned about how beautiful some of beaches here in Hong Kong. It was so remote and quiet that we were the only one on the beach.

 

Apart from the beautiful beaches, there were many heritage near the village. There were some temples, a fort built in the Ming dynasty and some abandon village houses. It felt quite eerie to explore some of these abandon places.

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Not too far from the beach and quite close to the village. It was originally built in the Ming dynasty and left abandon in the 19th century when the Brit took over New Territories. The fort was there to fight piracy. Walking around the ground, it felt like we were in some Spanish castle – you know the typical stone wall and the archway.
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Fan Lau is the most western village in Hong Kong. Many of these houses had been abandoned, but there were a couple of villagers still live there and tended their banana farms.
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It was a chimney next to the beach, which was right next to the village. It was abandoned for many years and we weren’t sure what it was used for.

 

The Best Campsite in Hong Kong

Not too far from the village, there was one of the best campsites in Hong Kong. It had some nice views of the mountain on one side and a view of the sea on the other. Due to the remoteness of the location, we were the only one there! How nice!

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We decided not to put the fly sheet that night in attempt to stay cool. It was totally worth it. We even saw the sun rise in the morning without having to roll out of bed.
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This was the view we had at our campsite.
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From where we camped, we could see Macau all lit up at night
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Best breakfast spot in Hong Kong. Nothing can beat this view.

Home Stretch

On the last day of our hike, we followed the trail all the way to Tai O. Again, it was an interesting hike through different types of woodlands and forests. When we came out from the forest, we walked pass some of the farmland and a burnt out tractor. (Wow, that must be the first of Hong Kong!)

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Walking through the farm almost reminded us of trekking in Laos. We love the tropical feel to it.
It looked like we were in some tropical and exotic country! Everything seemed so slow and peaceful.

 

As we continue our hike to Tai O, we headed to one of my favourite secret location on Lantau Island. Yes, this was one of the majestic waterfalls that I would happily go to on any given time. It was off the main trail and not many people know about it. We spent a lot of time swimming in the lake and enjoyed the “jet massage” at the bottom of the waterfall. What a great way to end the journey!

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Secret location – so don’t ask me where it is.
Almost there -Tai O was in sight

 

What was your Mid-Autumn like? Did you do something exciting? Comment below! 

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