The Lung Ha Wan Country Trail is a rare, perfect hike in Hong Kong in my opinion. It’s relatively short, easy, very scenic, and accessible. It cuts through Clear Water Bay Country Park and offers views of both Sai Kung and Clear Water Bay. From its highest point, Tai Leng Tung, the views of the green hills and blue water are absolutely breathtaking! And as an added bonus, there’s also an ancient rock carving along the hike.
So how does one get to this hike?
The Lung Ha Wan Country Trail Starting Point
The Lung Ha Wan Country Trail is a circular loop that starts and ends at Tai Au Mun Road in Clear Water Bay. To get to the starting point, you have a few options:
- Green minibus 103M from Tsuen Kwan O MTR Station
- Green minibus 16 from Po Lam MTR Station
- KMB bus 91 from Diamond Hill MTR Station
Alight at the roundabout near Clear Water Bay Road and Tai Au Mun Road. This is the starting point of the hike.
As this is a circular hike, you can choose whether you want to go clockwise or anti-clockwise. Although most hikers choose clockwise, we chose anti-clockwise because the climb to the top is shorter from the other side.
The whole hike should take you anywhere between 2 to 3 hours to complete. For the sake of simplicity, I’m going to break the Lung Ha Wan Country Trail into 3 sections. And you can decide whether you’d like to proceed with 1-2-3 (anti-clockwise), or 3-2-1 (clockwise).
But here’s a quick walkthrough video of the hike.
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Tai Au Mun Road to Tai Hang Tun
From the roundabout where the bus drops you, walk straight down Clear Water Bay Road. There’s a slight incline at the start, but that soon gives way to a flat road. The walk is relatively straight-forward along a main road. After 1.4 kms you’ll arrive at the car park for Tai Au Mun Kite Flying Area.
If you have some time to spare, I’d highly recommend checking out the park and barbeque area. Walk towards the cliffs and soak in the gorgeous views of Clear Water Bay.
There’s also a toilet and kiosk at the park. Make sure you have enough water/fluids as the initial part of the hike is quite steep.
Once ready, head back to the small car park enclosure on the main road. Here you’ll see the starting point (along with a map) for the Lung Ha Wan Country Trail.
The Lung Ha Wan Country Trail
From the car park, begin your hike. The initial part of the hike from this side is relatively difficult, but thankfully short. As you struggle through the steep steps, don’t forget to turn around every once-in-a-while to admire the views of Clear Water Bay behind you.
Luckily, before you know it, the steep steps give way to a relatively flat surface that ends at the highest point (291 metres) on the Lung Ha Wan Country Trail – Tai Leng Tung. Take a break, admire the view, snap lots of pictures. The view from up here is absolutely stunning! There are a couple of rocks along the side of the path which makes for quite a picture.
But don’t spend all your time at this spot. There is another equally beautiful photo spot 50 metres ahead. From here, you’ll get a clearer view of Sai Kung and Lobster Bay. You can also see the remainder of the trail, which is all downhill. You can see the path run through rolling hills in the country park and along the coast. Very photogenic indeed!
We spent most of our time up here admiring the view and climbing different rocks to take pictures. But once you’re ready to move, continue along the path that you can see from up here. The path runs along the coast, offering you gorgeous vistas as you descend all the way down to Lung Ha Wan.
Here’s a quick view of the trail that I mapped, along with the elevation profile of the main trail. Looking at the elevation from either side, you can decide from which side you’d like to start.
Tai Leng Tung to Lobster Bay
The Lung Ha Wan Country Trail finally finishes at Lobster Bay, which is where the Clearwater Bay Equestrian Centre is located. The Lobster Bay Kite-flying site is also just around the corner.
When we finished the trail, we decided to walk around the horse-riding enclosure, and onto the small rocky beach in front. Sitting on this beach, watching the waves lash against the rocks was quite soothing.
If you’re not interested in these sites, walk past the toilet and onto Lung Ha Wan Road. This road will take you back to where you started the hike. But before we finish, there is one last attraction along the way.
Lung Ha Wan Ancient Rock Carving
Less than 10 minutes away from the equestrian centre you’ll see a sign for the Lung Ha Wan Rock Carving. This quick detour takes you down a path where you can see an ancient, visible rock carving at Lobster Bay.
After your viewing of the rock carving, walk back up and continue walking along Lung Ha Wan Road till you return to the roundabout at Tai Au Mun Road, thereby completing the circular hike.
The final stretch road has a gradual incline all the way that isn’t too difficult. But be mindful of any cars as some parts of the road are very narrow.
Finishing things off
Once you reach the roundabout, cross the road and walk down to the bus stop and take any of the same buses back to your destination. If you’re wondering which is that striking peak behind you, it’s High Junk Peak, one of the treacherous peaks in Hong Kong. It’s not as easy as Lung Ha Wan, but it does offer the most stunning views of Clear Water Bay. Come back and climb High Junk Peak!
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