Lo Fu Tau Country Trail
Literally translated as ‘Get rid of fleas on a tiger’s head’, the Cantonese saying means to provoke somebody cruel or powerful. Hikers that opt for Lo Fu Tau Country Trail totally take the bull by the horns despite challenges of getting to the top of the mountain. Located in Lantau North (Extension) Country Park, the trail starts at A Po Long, which can be reached by following Pak Ngan Heung or Pak Mong Village for an hour. After the starting point, the route gets exposed and hikers would need to climb up the slope that is 3 kilometres long. Therefore, visitors are advised to have themselves properly protected from the sun and hydrated on hot and sunny days, but look on the bright side – scanty vegetation means the path does not fail to stun hikers with broad views. Groups of huge stones, varying in shapes, can be spotted. Some look like being cut by tools with sharp edges, and thus gain the name “Sword Testing Stone” among hiking lovers; another group of stones look like a springboard in a swimming pool or a protruding beak and therefore, they are known as “Strange Duck Stone”; another rock, resembling a peach, is called “Peach Stone”. No wonder some compare this place to Zhuge Liang’s Octagonal Battle Plot. Beyond these strange looking rocks, the ending point of the path, could be seen along the side facing the sea, overlooking Discovery Bay, Nim Shue Wan, with Peng Chau and Hong Kong Disneyland, which is situated at Chok Ko Wan Tsui, in the distance. In autumn, the grassland turns gold and the hillside looks even more like the skin of tigers, creating the picture of hikers climbing up the back of a tiger. Whether hikers want to become “fleas” is of their own choice.