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Stage 1 - Mui Wo

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LANTAU TRAIL NO 1

DISTANCE        2.5K

DIFFICULTY      1

TIME                0.45

Mui Wo (also known as Silvermine Bay) marks both the start and end point of the 70km circular Lantau Trail

Mui Wo by ferry from Pier number 6 in Central (one pier down from the Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui).  Sailings start at 6.10am on weekdays and 7.00am on Sundays and run every 30-40 minutes until 8.30pm, after which they run hourly until 12.30am.  There is also a 3.00am night ferry.  The journey takes a little over an hour if you take the cheaper older ferry, or about 45 minutes on one of the newer catamaran ferries.  Whilst the new ferries are quicker, the older slower ferries, with their open-air decks offer fabulous views of Hong Kong and Victoria Harbour as you start your journey to Lantau.

The Ferry Pier area at Mui Wo is a good place to stock up on essentials such as water, sunblock and anti-mosquito spray.  Most of these items can be purchased in the 7-11 store, about 100 meters (110 yards) away to the left of the Ferry Pier entrance.

Once you have stocked up, head for the Silvermine Bay branch of HSBC Bank.  Keeping the bank on your left, follow the South Lantau Road that loops behind the bank, up the hill.  The roads on the south side of Lantau Island can only be used by local residents, businesses and busses. Whilst traffic is generally light, local drivers are familiar with the steep windy roads and frequently take blind bends at speed. Therefore, it pays to be vigilant when walking on sections of road, especially when approaching sharp bends or blind summits.

At the top of the first hill, you will pass the Lantau South Division Police Station.  It’s easy to see why they chose this spot as it commands panoramic views of Mui Wo and its surrounding villages.  Unfortunately, hikers will have to make do with occasional glimpses through breaks in the roadside trees, which in the summer months come few and far between.

We like to think of this mundane roadside stretch as a necessary evil.  It is steep enough to provide a taste of what the next 67.5km has in store, yet short enough to endure with the knowledge that at the end lies the stage 2 where the trail starts in earnest.

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