Setting off from the Ma On Shan Barbecue Area, this
country trail passes through an old miner settlement
at Ma On Shan Village. Today, some retired miners
are still living here. Further up is the idyllic
Ngong Ping Plateau. The trail joins MacLehose Trail
Section 4 at this point. Just behind the trail junction
Luk Chau Shan towers on the right, flaunting strange
boulders on its rugged summit.
On the plateau,
a campsite offers camping facilities to the public.
The lookout at the cliff-side offers broad open vistas.
When the sky is clear, you can see Sharp Peak, High
Island Reservoir, Kau Sai Chau and the Pak Sha Wan
marina spread underneath. About 100 metres in front,
Pyramid Hill surges up with great aura. Farther out
are the rolling ranges of Ma On Shan and Tiu Shau
Continuing in the
direction of Sai Kung, you soon begin a descent.
Here you can enjoy the natural beauty of Sai Kung.
The midslopes are dressed by thickets of Taiwan Acacia
which is in fact a purposefully planted firebreak
to prevent spreading of hillfire.
For the final leg,
a flight of steps take you to Tai Shui Tseng. Many
villages there were once old communities on Ngong
Ping and Mau Ping.