There is a light intensity hike of around 9.6 kms from Tung Chung (where I currently live) to Mui Wo and I had been hearing about it for quite some time. Mui Wo is a small rural town located on Silvermine Bay, on the eastern coast of Lantau Island in Hong Kong and is known for the Silvermine Water falls, Silvermine Cave and the Silvermine Beach.
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Hike from Tung Chung to Mui Wo
There is a hike from Tung Chung (where I currently live) to Mui Wo and I had been hearing about it for quite some time. So one fine day, while I was walking around in Tung Chung, I just decided to do the hike to Mui Wo, on a whim. Luckily, I was carrying a bottle of water which made my life easy on this 2.5 hour unplanned hike.
Much as I did the hike unplanned, it is always better to come prepared with some water, insect repellant and good hiking shoes since some part of the hike to Mui Wo is fairly steep.
You might also like to read my post on Tung Chung.
Tung Chung to Mui Wo hike route
The hike begins from a petrol pump (gas station) in Tung Chung.
In case you are coming from the Tung Chung MTR/Bus station at Futung, come out of the MTR/Bus station and enter the City Gate Mall right next to it.
Cross the Citygate Mall and once you reach the other side, take the steps on the right leading towards the Man Tung street.
On your way, you will pass the Tung Chung Public Library and the Ling Liang Church Sau Tak Primary School on your right.
Keep walking till you see this petrol pump (gas station).
Take the Hei Tung Road next to the pump. You will see the sign as below:
Keep walking through a narrow road which leads to a paved road. For roughly 1.6 kms, you will follow this paved road. The train tracks run next to it.
Following the Islands Nature Heritage Trail
Take the pedestrian tunnel and then turn right onto Islands Nature Heritage Trail – Mui Wo Section/Mui Wo To Tai Ho Wan.
You will reach the Pak Mong Village.
There is the Pak Mong watch tower which you can see. There is also a public toilet in case you wish to freshen up. Keep following the trail.
The path is steep at many places and looks like this.
Views on the hike from Tung Chung to Mui Wo
Till Pak Mong village, the view is nothing to talk about. But at a certain point, I got these views which made the hike worth it.
After this, I walked downhill taking these steps and reached the Silvermine cave.
Silvermine Cave, Mui Wo
The Silvermine cave is named so because once upon a time, silver was mined here but was stopped later due to low silver content. The cave is sealed so there is it serves as reminder of the history this place has. Even the hills are named Silvermine 🙂
Silvermine Waterfalls, Mui Wo
A bit of a rest at Silvermine cave, and then I walked ahead and finally reached the Mui Wo or the Silvermine waterfalls.
It was summertime and even though there hadn’t been much rainfall at that time, the water was gushing down, making a loud and gurgling noise. I could imagine that it would be so much more beautiful in the rainy season.
The water looked very cool and inviting. I dipped my feet in the water and felt totally refreshed.
After spending sometime, I decided to go back to Tung Chung by bus.
It was another 15-20 minute walk to the ferry pier next to which there is the bus station from where one can get a bus to Tung Chung.
On my way, I passed the Mui Wo village. It was very quiet and I could see some village houses but very few people were there on the streets.
Silvermine Beach, Mui Wo
After crossing village, I finally reached the Silvermine Beach but did not spend much time there as it was very hot.
However, the beach looked quite pretty and a good place to spend some time, when the weather is nice.
Finally, the trip all done, I crossed the Ferry Pier and reached the bus station next to Mui Wo market.
Since I was very tired, I took the Bus No. 3M from the bus station near Mui Wo market to Tung Chung . But yes, I was going to come back again.
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