Mau Ping Ancient Trail
Ancient Trail Story
Situated in Ma On Shan Country Park, the meandering stone-built Mau Ping Ancient Trail in the valley is a simple and easy trail surrounded by verdant environs and beautiful water flowing along its route. It is an ideal hiking trail for all seasons. The ancient trail was the main route that connected villagers in Shatin, Ma On Shan and Sai Kung.The route begins from the vicinity of Mui Tsz Lam Village. The ancestors of the village were the Wu’s who migrated south from Wuhua County of Guangdong Province. They settled in the village about 300 years ago. In its heyday, the village was the home of some 300 villagers, most of whom were rice farmers and sold firewood for a living.
From the large rocks traversing Mau Ping Ancient Trail, it could be inferred that the path was built with locally sourced and unprocessed rocks to improve accessibility. Before it was built, villagers endured the hardship of carrying bamboo baskets over shoulder poles between the village and the farmers’ markets. Although the ancient trail goes uphill, the gradient is quite manageable and makes a comfortable walk.
The trail includes not only a century-old rock-built path, but also abandoned terraced fields, Lau’s Ancestral Hall and a few small villages, including Mau Ping Lo Uk, Mau Ping San Uk and Wong Chuk Shan, as well as the relics of other desolated ancient village huts. Take a break on your long hike in the sitting out area near Mau Ping. This was formerly the site of Ng Luen Tat Village School (“Ng Luen Tat” is another name for Mau Ping). In the old days, the school was built for children residing in Mau Ping and nearby villages. It could be seen that that ancient trail did much more than connecting the villages – it also brought learning opportunities to the children of the villages. The infertile soil on the high altitude of Mau Ping, however, had resulted in low crop yields, making it very hard for villagers to make a living. Therefore, residents gradually moved out after World War II, and Mau Ping became abandoned.
To exit, walk along Pak Kong Ancient Trail and proceed downhill to Pak Kong. You will be greeted with the magnificent views of Port Shelter of Sai Kung. Go pass a bamboo tunnel towards the end of this walk to conclude the visit to the villages.
The routes on this website are listed to be conveniently accessible by public transport, which may differ from the actual alignment of the ancient trail.
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Mau Ping Ancient Trail
Stream at Mau Ping
Lau’s Ancestral Hall
Remnants of abandoned houses
Site of Ng Luen Tat Village School
Overlooking Sai Kung
Bamboo Tunnel at Uk Cheung
Clavulinopsis aurantiocinnabarina (italic)
Mushrooms growing in the rock crevices
The green canopy along the trail is favourable for the undergrowth
Walk up along Mui Tsz Lam Road
At the intersection at the end of Mui Tsz Lam Road, walk on the right side and towards the direction of Mui Tsz Lam Village
Proceed along the pavement
Walk along the pavement on the left and proceed
Mui Tsz Lam Village
At the intersection, proceed along the sign of Mau Ping
Proceed according to the road signage for Mau Ping
Ancient trail in mud
Intersection of Mau Ping
Road signage of Pak Kong
At the road signage of Pak Kong Road, proceed along the catchwater
Walk to the gate, then turn left and walk downhill
Walk past the second gate, then walk along Pak Kong Road until the end of the road
At the end of Pak Kong Road, leave through Hiram’s Highway