Hong Kong Hiking Challenge Checkpoints (Islands District)
From September to December this year, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department organises the Hong Kong Hiking Challenge to encourage nature lovers and hikers to set off for the countryside and take on the challenge! Go outside and hike through the country parks, immerse yourself in the spectacular views and learn more about the unique stories of Hong Kong’s local flora and fauna, and discover the beauty of undulating mountain ridges.
There are 25 checkpoints scattered in various scenic spots in the country parks, featuring a variety of picturesque views unique to Hong Kong’s countryside. Participants can plan their own routes to visit these checkpoints based on their interest, physical fitness and hiking experience. Use a smartphone to check in at the checkpoints to collect the unique local flora and fauna badges made for each checkpoint. You will also learn about the amazing biodiversity of Hong Kong! Collect a certain number of badges and you will get different rewards! Let the challenge begins!
Here are the 3 checkpoints in Islands District:
[ Checkpoint 1: Lo Fu Tau Viewing Point ]
Location: Lantau North (Ext.) Country Park | Difficulty: ★★★
Trail: Lo Fu Tau Country Trail Lo Fu Tau Sword Testing Stone | Open location on map
There are two viewpoints at the top of Lo Fu Tau that offer very different views, one faces north towards the airport and Tuen Mun, and the other faces south towards Discovery Bay Reservoir and the golf course. The rolling mountain ranges, with strange rocks protruding here and there, are like a beautiful landscape painting. In autumn, the silvergrass and other wild grasses on the hills turn golden, like a tiger's dazzling fur.
[ Checkpoint 2: Lantau Trail Section 2 ]
Location: Lantau South Country Park | Difficulty: ★★★
Trail: Silvergrass on Sunset Peak and Stone Chalets Lantau Trail (Section 2) Nam Shan to Pak Kung Au South Lantau Country Trail | Open location on map
The third highest mountain in Hong Kong, Sunset Peak offers spectacular views of South Lantau. The mountain is undoubtedly the most popular attraction of late autumn, as visitors flock to capture its glistening cape of silvergrass in the slanting sun. Away from the lights of the city, the mountain brings you closer to the infinite sky, feast your eyes on the ever-changing views of sunrise and sunset and immerse in nature as the sea of clouds floats towards and over you.
[ Checkpoint 3: Nei Nak Shan Country Trail ]
Location: Lantau North Country Park | Difficulty: ★★
Trail: Nei Lak Shan Country Trail | Open location on map
Nei Lak Shan Country Trail offers varied views of Tung Chung City to the east and the flying chessboard of the airport to the north. In spring and summer, the hills are encompassed in fog, while in autumn and winter, the blanket of silvergrass is in full bloom. The route overlaps midway with the cable car ropeway, providing opportunities to photograph cable cars zooming overhead. At dusk, the spectacular view of Ngong Ping Village and the Big Buddha is enhanced with the setting sun in the background.
For more about the Hong Kong Hiking Challenge event, please visit the "Hong Kong Hiking Challenge" website.
(The images and the information are provided by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department)