"Lantau Island: Hike the Lantau Peak" Hong Kong Sports & Outdoors Tip by idy
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From the Po Lin Manastery (493m) in Ngong Ping, there is a trail up to the Lantau Peak (934m), which only takes about an hour or 2 to complete. From the peak, one can follow the trail that continues on to a small town on the other side of the mountain. Those who are in relatively good shape should not have any difficulty completing this trail in one morning or afternoon.
Lantau Peak is Hong Kong's second highest peak, but it is the highest point a hiker can reach in Hong Kong, as the highest peak, Tai Mo Shan, is occupied by a satellite station and access is thus restricted.
On a clear summer day, the scenery on this route is spectacular - you'll be able to see the Big Buddha and even the Shek Pik Reservoir. However, it could get pretty hot in summer, so be pretty to sweat buckets for the privilege. In autumn or winter, the temperature is perfect for hiking, but since its mostly overcast, the view limited.
Some local folks start out very early in order to be at the peak for the sunrise. Try it!
Equipment: Wear comfortable shoes and clothes, including a jumper if its autumn/winter as it can get chilly at the top. Water is a must, energy bar or other food optional. Some hikers also bring hiking sticks, but it's not essential.
Address: Ngong Ping, Lantau Island
Directions: Take the path from the Po Lin Monastery leading to the Wisdom Path. From there, the trail starts. Alternatively, hikers can start from the other end of the trail and end at the Wisdom Path.