The only half-day hike that takes you to overlook the Sai Kung Bay and it’s outlying islands from a plateau 400 meters above sea level. We start our hike from Ma On Shan Village, the site of the once biggest mine in Hong Kong. The mine closed in 1976 after 70 years of Iron mining. Most of the villagers have left the mountain, but some houses are still inhabited. Our hike leads us uphill through forest, on a romantic trail on which we reach the Ngong Ping Plateau after one hour, the mighty Ma On Shan to the left and Pyramid Hill up front. The views from the edge of the plateau over Sai Kung and the many Islands are breathtaking. This is also a favorite starting and landing arena for hang gliders. Standing up here however provides areal views without having to lift the feet off the ground.
After taking it all in, we descend down to Sai Kung using one of the very old village paths, stemming from the time before the road connected SAi Kung and Kowloon. Up to the 1950s villagers carried goods back and forth over these mountain passes. Down in Sai Kung we have the option of enjoying its laid-back atmosphere and visit one of the many restaurants for lunch or returning straight back to Kowloon and Central.
Cost: HK$500 per person, includes transport Total tour time 4.5 hours (2 hours hiking) Tour starts at 8.30am, General Post Office (beside the green stamp-vending machines), 2 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong Island Walking distance: 5.5km Grade: moderate Facilities: Toilets en route