A short and pleasant hiking route: Pak Sha O to Lai Chi Chong

This is a short but very pleasant hiking route – from Pak Sha O (白沙澳), Sai Kung to Lai Chi Chong(荔枝莊), to the south of Tolo Channel.

Pak Sha O village
Pak Sha O village

Pak Sha O, a one-time hakka village, is now populated with western families. You will pass a very beautiful private garden with vibrant colors, and some nicely restored old houses. Colorful butterflies are seen in scores in the area, and pink wild flowers in their prime.

All the way from Pak Sha O to Lai Chi Chong, you are accompanied by the sound of river flowing and bird singing, not to mention the greens that meet your eyes.

It takes only 45 minutes to walk to Lai Chi Chong, whose picturesque scenery makes the place a popular site for camping.

Private garden at Pak Sha O
Private garden at Pak Sha O
wild flower field at Pak Sha O
wild flower field at Pak Sha O

The beach has rock formations dating back to 150 million years ago when the volcano erupted. As a result, Lai Chi Chong is among Hong Kong’s most important places for geology study and rock formation observation.

cows and meadow at Lai Chi Chong
cows and meadow at Lai Chi Chong
Lai Chi Chong
Lai Chi Chong
rock formation at Lai Chi Chong
rock formation at Lai Chi Chong
the quiet pier at Lai Chi Chong
Lai Chi Chong pier

How to get there and get back:

Take minibus No.7 from Sai Kung town centre towards the direction of Hoi Ha (海下); get off at Pak Sha O. (If you don’t know where to get off, ask the driver to alert you.)

Ma Liu Shui pier
Ma Liu Shui pier

There is a daily ferry departing from Lai Chi Chong at 11:40am and 6pm for Ma Liu Shui (MTR University Station). On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, an additional ferry at 2:15pm is in operation. Ferry time is about 40-50 minutes.

Please check the schedule of the ferry here. Each adult ticket is HK$28 during the weekends.

Note that after you arrive at Ma Liu Shui pier, you have to follow the road signs to walk at least 10 minutes before you can arrive at MTR University station.

Author: Anna

With a wanderlust and lusts of other sorts, I look to sth new, sth different, sth fulfilling, and find myself on a journey...

3 thoughts on “A short and pleasant hiking route: Pak Sha O to Lai Chi Chong”

  1. If I was walking west from Pak Sha O, I’d turn off the main concrete path just before it begins the descent to Lai Chi Chong and go to Sham Chung instead. Only at weekends, you can get the best pan-fried noodles in Hong Kong, cooked by a master chef [our friend Tom].

    There’s a ferry pier at Sham Chung too.

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