Published: April 12th 2013April 12th 2013
Discovery Bay to Mui Wo Hike (Nim Shue Wan Hike) Difficulty:
★★☆☆☆ Hiking time:
~ 3 hrs Trail length:
~ 6.5 km Duration of tour:
~ 4.5 hrs Best hiking season:
October to March
Lantau Island, known as the largest outlying island in Hong Kong, is twice the size of Hong Kong Island. Despite with the recent mega development such as the airport, Disneyland and the Ngong Ping 360, the Island remains as our “lung” of Hong Kong. It primarily comprises of mountainous terrain with the highest point of 934 m, abundance of indigenous forest in two largest Country Parks have slightly cover half of the area of Lantau Island.
The Nim Shue Wan hiking trail
lies along the north Lantau, starts with a slightly uphill and ends with a tranquil seaside scene toward the Mui Wo Beach (Silvermine Bay Beach)
. You will witness the modern up-scale residential complex and the primitive rural lives en routes.
Upon arrival at the Discovery Bay’s D-Deck, facing the arena of the Discovery Bay’s low density properties, people leashing their pets, travel with bicycles or golf carts on a mild pace. The residents preserve the freshness air by limiting the buses on
Nim Shue Wan Hike
Trail leading to Mui Wo
the island while keeping the accessibility with the outside world. Commence our hike from the entrance of the Nim Shue Wan
village, a tiny village with few houses lies along the sandy beach; we walk uphill and pass through their little farmland, amazed with what they grow there. Then we start climbing the steep slope to the abbey of the Roman church monks. Pictures of story of Jesus were hanged on the tree to remind people of his death sacrificially by crucifixion
to achieve atonement
and return. Take a rest at the church and imagine that it was a dairy farm for the supply to Hong Kong. Continue your walk uphill and challenge the steps uphill to a pavilion atop for a panoramic view of the ocean. Then enjoy your walk down hill along the shoreline and scenic view with sea breeze. Take a snapshot on the way down to the beach and conclude your hike with a soft drink on the Mui Wo Beach
. Check out the ferry schedule and return to Hong Kong Island. Highlights Plants
Scarlet Sterculia (Sterculia lanceolata Cav.), the fruits are favourable for lot of birds and known as the
- native species
- blossoms between March to May
- fruits for Seven Sisters Festival
“Fruit of Seven Sisters Festival” in Chinese. The legend has it that ladies like offer these fruit to the deities on the Festival, 7th
day of the 7th
month on the Lunar Year’s Calendar.
It is a native species, blossoms between March and May yet, the fruits can only be found in summer, the season for Seven Sisters Festival, which is also regarded as the Chinese Valentine’s Day informally. You may find out more en routes. Transportation – Discovery Bay
Arriving at Discovery Bay
, you will notice that people commutes in town with golf carts or bicycles rather than buses. Residents are thieving hard to keep their community honored as “The First Ecological Town” in Hong Kong. Development of Discovery Bay Discovery Bay
is a mixed, primarily residential, development comprising a residential development and private and public recreational facilities in Hong Kong
with the idea of low density and up-scale as a garden city of Hong Kong. Our Lady of Joy Abbey
The Trappist Haven Monastery was once a well known milk production place in Hong Kong in the 60s. Yet, it is no longer involved in the operation for diary products now.
There are more photos below