Difficulty: 5/10. For 473m elevation gain and longer distance.
Cel phone coverage: Sparse.
Water needs: 2 liters
Transportation: Tai Po Market MTR, Exit A3. Take bus 275R on Sunday or public holidays all the way to the Bride's Pool terminus. Return to Fanling MTR station via minibus 56K.
Why it's worth it:
|Bridal's Pool area map|
|You'll reach an intersection, go left and up on a path that zig-zags up.|
|After about a 500m, you'll reach an intersection, head left (1st on the map above)|
|At the second intersection (2nd on the map above), keep on to the path on the right|
|Go left. On the right, it's just a camping site.|
|Mangroves. Pay attention to the water, you might see some little crabs...|
|Go straight. You can also go to a restaurant 100m on the left for a short water and food break|
|There are food/water spots along the way. Grass jelly is pretty refreshing too|
|At this point, signage will lead you straight to Lai Chi Wo|
|Arrived! At the sign, take 5 minutes to climb to the observation deck, then back down and then keep going straight|
|View of Lai Chi Wo from the observation deck|
|Trees in Lai Chi Wo|
|The interpretation center with Chinese and German speaking host!|
|Once you are done visiting the village proper, circle it from the right on a path that goes up. You'll see all those 'famous' Banyan trees.|
|Once you are done. Follow the path out of the village towards Luk Keng|
|Follow signs towards Luk Keng|
|When there's no Luk Keng signs anymore, follow the Kuk Po ones|
|Left here. At one point, you'll reach the Starling inlet, right in front of you. There will be a little restaurant and an intersection. Take a left. You'll be walking by the Starling inlet on your right for about another 1k before you reach the first "village".|
|Bus 56k to Fanling station is right by a concentration of restaurants. Hope you had a great hike!|