Where public stretching in short shorts and no shirt means serious business.
Lamma Island is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. It’s a great mash-up of traditional Chinese life and Western modernity. This is a popular day trip destination for tourists and other expats, as it was quite busy with other hikers. To get there, you need to take the MTR to Central Ferry Pier and hop on a ferry for about 30 minutes.
We decided to do the “family trail” hike, which takes you across the island between the two largest villages. This trail provided a good opportunity to see the east side of the island without breaking into a sweat. We got off at Yung Shue Wan to begin the trail and we ended at Sok Kwu Wan.
The Dragon’s Back is an acclaimed Hong Kong hiking trail. In 2004, this trail was selected by TIME Asia as the best urban hiking trail. Dragon’s Back is part of the Hong Kong Trail, which is roughly 50km of hiking trail across HK Island (though Dragon’s Back itself is only about 5km). This hike has some spectacular views of Shek O Beach, Big Wave Bay, and Stanley Beach/Market.
The hike is not the easiest to get to, but it is well worth the trip. You have to take the MTR to Shau Kei Wan Station. From there, you exit (Exit A3) and catch bus 9 from the bubs terminus to To Tei Wan on Shek O Road. This was quite tricky, as this road it winding through hills and we were really unsure as to where to get off. Thankfully, the bus driver told us he would let us know when our stop came. The bus also has the drop-offs on a flashing screen ahead, but given how busy the bus usually it is, it can be easy to miss your stop.
What better way to spend a Tuesday off work thanks to the Chung Yeung Festival than to hike through Sai Kung East in search of the “deserted beaches” everyone talks about!?
Now, not only was the hike to get to these deserted beaches long, the journey to actually get to the beginning of the MacLehose Trail was a nightmare. Let’s start from the beginning..
We left quite a bit later than we should have, given that it was a holiday; clearly not off to the best start. By the time we packed our bags and left our door, it was around 10:30am. We had to take the MTR to Hang Hau Station, which took about 20 minutes. Once we made it to Hang Hau Station, we had to hop on a Public Light Bus (a small van-esque form of public transportation where the drivers most definitely do not follow the speed limit) to the main bus station in Sai Kung. This was about a 30 or so minute journey.
We clearly did not plan out our route to get to the beginning of the trail very well; we had no idea where we were going once we got off the bus. All we knew was that we needed to hop onto another Public Light Bus to take us to the MacLehose Trail. After getting directions on three separate occasions and wandering around for the better part of half an hour, we were mortified when at last we found the bus stop.. There were probably seventy people waiting in line for the bus. Grrrreat. Thankfully the bus line went relatively fast – we only waited for about half an hour.