Spring hike in Hong Kong

Posted on April 4, 2015 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments

silver mine bay hong kong

Silver Mine Bay, Mui Wo

 

So far this year, I have only hiked twice, yet both took place in the rain and mist... first in Surrey and then in Hong Kong!

Spring is probably not the best time to visit Hong Kong as the weather is humid, damp, foggy and unpredictable. After the fog has finally cleared in Hong Kong, I was yearning to get out of the city. My friend suggested a hike in Mui Wo (Lantau Island), and it sounded like a perfect plan.

 

fog in hong kong

Morning fog

 

Despite having checked the weather forecast beforehand, my friend and I were caught out in the rain after taking the ferry to Mui Wo. At the beginning, it was merely drizzle and so we carried on even though we didn't have any rain gear nor did we dressed warm enough (the temperature also dropped overnight). Unfortunately for us, the rain did not stop, and we had to turn back because the ground was getting too slippery.

 

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Main: Cycling culture in Lantau Island; Bottom left: A colourful mosaic house at Silver Mine Bay; Bottom right: Lantau Island bus company established in 1973.

 

After an unsuccessful hike, we considered taking a bus to the fishing village Tai O on the other side of the island, but since the journey would take approx. 45 minutes, we gave up on the idea and decided to stay in Mui Wo.

We then spent the next hour or so meandering around the Silver Mine Bay area. Although we didn't complete any hiking routes, it was relaxing to walk in an idle manner. The contrast between the bustling city life and the slow pace of these outlying islands is huge, and our pace slowed down naturally as we walked on.

 

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The day provided us opportunity to admire the wonders of nature, something that is hard to do living in the city. It was also educational for an amateur like me to learn more about plants and trees, and to see what blooms around this time of year in Hong Kong.

We saw Morus nigra full of black mulberries (which we initially mistaken them for blackberries), Catalpa trees (my guess) with long pea pods, many other wild flowers, old banyan trees and a giant snail crawling slowly on the path (I think even the snails here crawl slower than the ones in the city).

 

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After wandering around for a few hours, we had a huge late lunch at the Turkish restaurant near the ferry terminal. And when it was time for us to head home, commuters of the island were starting to return. Most of them ( including students, Westerners and office workers etc) had parked their bikes outside of the terminal, and this cycling culture surprised us, as we seldom see people cycle in the city (probably because it is too dangerous).

Although we didn't hike very much, we felt exhausted when we arrived back in the city. Yet my friend and I both agreed that it was a pleasant and relaxing day despite the rain and setback. We both can't wait until our next adventure!

 


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