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Chi Ma Wan Peninsula on Lantau Island: 1-Day Hiking Itinerary

Chi Ma Wan Peninsula (芝麻灣半島) is located on the southeast side of Lantau Island in Hong Kong. And the small peninsula is famed for its two peaks: Lo Yan Shan (老人山) and Miu Tsai Tun (廟仔墩).

Both peaks can be reached via Chi Ma Wan Country Trail (芝麻灣郊遊徑), the longest country trail in Hong Kong. But you don’t have to hike the entire Chi Ma Wan trail to see the best highlights in the peninsula.

All you have to do is hike part of Chi Ma Wan trail from Pui O (貝澳) to Mui Wo (梅窩). The hiking route will take you to the two peaks to see panoramic views of the city, Lung Mei (龍尾), and Shap Long Irrigation Reservoir (十塱水塘).

In this post, I’ll show you exactly how you can hike Lo Yan Shan and Miu Tsai Tun from Pui O to Mui Wo in Chi Ma Wan Peninsula. Follow along and see some of the best sites on Lantau Island in Hong Kong.

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What you need to know before starting the Chi Ma Wan Country Trail

Before you start hiking in Chi Ma Wan Peninsula, take a look at my Hong Kong solo travel guide and get an overview of HK first.

Here are a few additional tips for hiking Chi Ma Wan Country Trail:

  • The best time to hike Chi Ma Wan Peninsula is late autumn, winter and early spring. Most of the trail is exposed to the sun so I would not recommend hiking during the height of summer.
  • Try to hike during the weekday as the trail is busy on weekends and holidays.
  • Bring enough water for a few hours of hiking. There isn’t any opportunity along the trail to replenish.
  • Bring sunscreen and other sun protection.
  • Get an Octopus Card, a rechargeable smartcard for taking public transportation and use it for taking the bus to Pui O and taking the bus or ferry home. It costs $100HKD, but you can use $50 stored value and get your $50HKD refundable deposit when you leave HK.
  • The names of Lo Yan Shan and Miu Tsai Tun is not actually on Google Maps. But if you want to see the names of the peaks, download “Hiking Trail HK” app on your smartphone.

How to hike Chi Ma Wan Peninsula on Lantau Island

There are several ways to hike to Lo Yan Shan and Miu Tsai Tun via Chi Ma Wan Country Trail.

Personally, I like point-to-point trails that take me from one part of the city and end in another. So I would recommend taking the following route.

Start from Pui O and hike Chi Ma Wan Country Trail via Miu Tsai Tun and Lo Yan Shan. On the descent, hike towards Lung Mei and pass by Ship Long Irrigation Reservoir. Then finish the hike by meandering the roads along the coast via Shap Long San Tsuen via Lantau Trail Section 12, which ends in Mui Wo

Click on “more options” on the top left corner of Google Maps, and the map will open in your browser or in the app on your smartphone. And I included the elevation profile for this hike too.

  • Difficulty: easy to intermediate
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Distance: 13km
  • What to bring: hiking shoes, sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen), water, snacks, smartphone (for taking photos and navigation)

How to get to Chi Ma Wan Country Trail

From anywhere in Hong Kong, take the MTR to Tung Chung Station. Take Exit B, walk to the Tung Chung Station Bus Terminus and find the bus stop for bus 3M. Bus 3M goes to Mui Wo Ferry Pier, but you want to get off at a village called Lo Wai Tsuen in Pui O.

  • Bus 3M: from Tung Chung Station Bus Terminus to Lo Wai Tsuen Bus Stop (35 minutes,  $12HKD for weekdays; $18.80HKD for weekends and holidays (use Octopus Card)

Chi Man Wan Peninsula on Lantau Island: 1-Day Hiking Itinerary

1. Find the start of the trail in Lo Wai Tsuen

Once you disembark bus 3M, cross the road and walk back a little on South Lantau Road. Look for a set of stairs next to the bus shelter.

Walk down the short flight of stairs and follow the path.

2. Follow the path to Pui O

First, follow the narrow path through the field. This path takes you directly to Chi Ma Wan Road in Ham Tin Village.

Walk along Chi Ma Wan Road along the river, which will take you to Pui O, an area with a white sand beach and the perfect spot for day-trippers to Lantau Island.

3. Walk past Pui O Beach

Even though the beginning of the trail isn’t that exciting, the views are spectacular!

When you approach Pui O Beach, you’ll be greeted by the white sand beach. And if you arrive early in the morning, the beach is quiet.

At the far right, you’ll see the mountains of Lantau Island, including Lin Fa Shan, Yi Tung Shan and Fung Wong Shan. You’ll see a better aerial view of the mountains once you are at the first peak at Miu Tsai Tun.

4. Find the start of Chi Ma Wan Country Trail

Continue walking on Chi Ma Wan Road, and you’ll approach the official entrance to Chi Ma Wan Country Trail.

Follow the trail, leading you to your first flight of stairs toward the Chi Ma Wan Peninsula peaks.

Chi Ma Wan Country Trail starts relatively easily. The path ascends slowly, and the trail is well-marked and fairly even.

5. See views east of Chi Ma Wan Peninsula

As you hike up the mountain, you can see the scenery east of Chi Ma Wan Peninsula, including Shap Long San Tsuen, a small seaside village and the blue waters of Chi Ma Wan.

And you can start to see more islands beyond the inlet The closest one is Hei Ling Chau which is right in front of Chi Ma Wan. And the higher you hike, you can see Peng Chau and Cheung Chau.

Continue hiking up the rocky stairs to the first peak, Miu Tsai Tun.

6. Reach the top of the first peak, Miu Tsai Tun

At 302m, Miu Tsai Tun is the secondary peak of Chi Ma Wan Peninsula. It is only 1 meter shy of the tallest peak, but to be honest, it has better views than the actual peak at Lo Yan Shan.

Looking north at the top, you can see Pui O Beach and the reddish mountain range stretching across Lantau Island, including (from right to left) Lin Fa Shan, Yi Tung Shan and Fung Wong Shan.

And at the top of Miu Tsai Tun, you can see both sides of Chi Ma Wan Peninsula, which is quite a fantastic view!

There is a triangulation station at the top, but I was mesmerized by the views. I totally forgot to take a photo of it.

And FYI, GoogleMaps refers to Miu Tsai Tun as Temple Crag.

7. Descend and ascend the mountain range of Chi Ma Wan Peninsula

When ready to continue, follow the dirt path and descend Miu Tsai Tun.

The narrow path will take you up and down the mountain ranges of Chi Ma Wan Peninsula. You can see the path when you are at the top.

8. Arrive at the Lo Yan Shan summit

After a bit of up and down the mountain range, you will finally arrive at the summit of Lo Yan Shan, the highest peak in Chi Ma Wan Peninsula.

At the top is a square building used for a fire lookout, and the official sign for Lo Yan Shan.

And at 303m above sea level, you can see similar scenery east of the peninsula, including a few outlying islands in the Island District of HK.

And FYI, it doesn’t say Lo Yan Shan on GoogleMaps. It is called “Distance Post C1432”.

9. Descend to Lung Mei

The hardest part of the Chi Ma Wan Hiking Trail is over. And now, the descent begins!

Continue down Chi Ma Wan Country Trail, follow the left path at the fork of the road and hike the trail surrounded by tall bamboo.

At the bottom of the hill, a few paths intersect one another. This is where you can find Lung Mei, a small statue of a dragon’s tail (which is the literal translation of Lung Mei) that looks like a pineapple sticking out of the ground.

The statue itself is not very impressive. But the trek down the mountain is quite enjoyable.

10. Descend to Shap Long Irrigation Reservoir

Continue on Chi Ma Wan Country Trail by following the signs pointing to Shap Long Irrigation Reservoir. The path continues to descend the hill, and the emerald green reservoir will start to peek through.

11. Follow Lantau Forest Track to Chi Ma Wan Road

At the reservoir’s end is a sign that says Lantau Forest Track. Follow the dirt path and it will lead you to Chi Ma Wan Road.

Once on the paved road, keep walking north toward your destination.

Along the way, you will pass by Chi Ma Wan Pier. There is a ferry that can take you from this pier to Mui Wo Pier, but there are only two each day (11:10 am and 3:00 pm). Besides, the last bit of the hike isn’t too difficult, so let’s continue.

12. Shap Long San Tsuen: turn left to Pui O or turn right to Mui Wo

Keep walking on Chi Ma Wan Road along the coast towards Shap Long San Tsuen, a small seaside village. There is a small beach right in front, which is a nice spot for a bit of rest.

If you want to go back to Pui O Beach, continue walking on Chi Ma Wan Road by turning left and walking west. The road will take you back to the start of Chi Ma Wan Country Trail, where you can backtrack the entire way back to Pui O Beach.

However, if you also like point-to-point trails as I do, continue walking along the coast by turning right at Shap Long San Tsuen.

13. Continue on the hiking path to Mui Wo

There is a clear hiking path lining the coast beyond the seaside village. Keep following the hiking path and it will take you to Mui Wo.

When you look back at the trail, you can see the two peaks: Lo Yan Shan and Miu Tsai Tun. This is probably the last time you can see the mountains from this trail.

14. Near the end of the path toward Mui Wo

The scenery along the coastal Mui Wo hiking trail is quite nice. You can see the outlying islands again but closer to this part of the trail. The closest island is Hei Ling Chau. The island is not for tourism purposes, but rather it has an addiction treatment centre and a correctional facility.

Beyond Hei Ling Chau, you can see Peng Chau and Cheung Chau; both are excellent islands for day-trippers. And in the far distance, you can see the high-rises of Hong Kong Island.

15. Merge into Lantau Trail Section 12

Keep following the dirt path and signages to get to Mui Wo. The trail eventually merges into Lantau Trail Section 12. One of the Lantau Trails goes uphill (turn left), but you’ll want to continue hiking along the coast, where it will lead you to Mui Wo.

At the end of Lantau Trail Section 12, there is a flight of stairs that will take you to Mui Wo Ferry Pier Road. Follow Mui Wo Ferry Pier Road and walk towards the bus terminus and the ferry pier.

16. Return home from Mui Wo Ferry Pier or bus terminus

Mui Wo Ferry Pier and the bus terminus are next to each other. From here, you can go home via the ferry or bus. The ferry can take you to Central, Chi Ma Wan, Cheung Chau and Peng Chau. And the various buses can take you to different parts of Hong Kong.

Take the ferry from Mui Wo Ferry Pier or one of the New Lantao buses (Bus 1, 2, 3M, 4, A35, N1, N35) from Mui Wo Ferry Pier.

Hiking Chi Ma Wan Country Trail the opposite way

It is possible to hike the entire Chi Ma Wan Country Trail in the opposite direction. And there are a few advantages for doing that.

So consider hiking the trail from Mui Wo to Pui O if you want to:

  • Start easy then hike up the two peaks at the end of the trek.
  • Have lunch in Mui Wo first then hike Chi Ma Wan Country Trial.
  • End the day at Pui O Beach and take bus 3M back to Tung Chung Station Bus Terminus.

Chi Ma Wan Peninsula: is it worth hiking?

I hope so because this Mui Wo hike is a gem! It is not a difficult hike; you get to see panoramic views of southern Lantau Island. I’ve hiked several mountains in Hong Kong, and you don’t have to hike the highest mountains to see the best views. And this is the perfect example of an excellent easy to intermediate hike with gorgeous scenery.

So I hope this post will inspire you to explore southern Lantau Island and see an off-the-beaten hiking trail that not many people know about. If you want to explore other parts of Lantau, check out Tung O Ancient Trail or Fan Lau.

Thank you for reading my Chi Ma Wan hiking post

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