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Tai O to Tung Chung + optional Thai lunch
7th June 2016 @ 9:40 am - 5:00 pmFree
This is an easyish hike on the coastal path from Tai O to Tung Chung in the area that is in the process of being “enhanced” by the bridge to Macau. We will take the bus to Tai O from Mui Wo, stroll through the village and then head out on the trail to Tung Chung. There is the option of lunch at a Thai restaurant as we enter Tung Chung, and/or of a quick look at Tung Chung Fort. This hike is suitable for beginners provided that you have the stamina to walk at a reasonable pace for 3-3.5 hours.
Contact: Venus (9731 6698)
Meetup place: Mui Wo ferry pier by green mail box (If coming from Central you need to catch the 0910 ferry from Pier 6, buy supplies before you get on the boat as we have a couple of minutes window from ferry to bus in Mui Wo)
Meetup time: 09:40 PROMPT at Mui Wo ferry pier.
Trail: Mui Wo bus terminus > #1 bus to Tai O > walk back along the coastal path > (optional lunch stop atMelody Thai restaurant ) > (optional look around Tung Chung fort) > Tung Chung MTR station
Garmin GPS trace from a previous occasion here: http://connect.garmin.com/activi
Length: 2.4 (about 14km)
Ascent: 1.0 (about 250m of up and down)
Surface: 1.5 (80% on paved trails, 20% on easy dirt track)
On arrival at Tai O we will take a few minutes to look around the village if anyone hasn’t been there before, and then set out on the coastal trail towards Tung Chung. The trail starts out as dirt and undulates a bit, but there are no major climbs, and after the first 2-3 km it is concrete/paved all the way. For the second half of the route the trail overlooks the airport, and then arrives into Tung Chung near the Yat Tung estate.
Here, those who wish can divert to the Melody Thai restaurant for refreshment, and then after (or instead of) lunch there is the option to have a quick look around Tung Chung fort which is more or less next door. It will also be possible to just walk straight to Tung Chung MTR. If you do just go direct to the MTR then I would expect you to arrive there around 2:15pm, depending on the speed of the group.
This route is about 80% on paved paths, the remainder on easy dirt trails. Please wear comfortable shoes for walking for 3 hours. There isn’t any serious climbing (although there are several smaller undulations), and much of the route is shaded so we will walk at a steady hiking pace (not strolling). However, we will walk as a group adjusting to the pace of the slowest. This walk is very suitable for beginners who have a reasonable level of fitness. Bring plenty of water (2 liter at the very least). It may be possible to top up at Sham Wat (about half way) but is not guaranteed to be open. Bring a hat and sunblock.
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