Lantau Trail (Section 7) Tai O to Kau Ling Chung
The longest of all of the Lantau Trail, this section begins at Nam Chung Village after leading out of the mountains of the Lantau Country Parks. As it passes through the most southwesterly waters of Hong Kong, it marks the second half of the Lantau Trail. This part is not to be missed by any ocean enthusiasts, as the footpath is flat and traverses a shingle beach and a mangrove forest. Not far away, you can get a view of the Pearl River Estuary, where the river enters the Pacific Ocean. With fresh and salt water, it has become a habitat for Chinese white dolphins. The names of the two places ahead are appetising enough to make your mouth water – Tsin Yue Wan Campsite and Kai Yet Kok, also called Peaked Hill, which literally mean ‘fried fish bay campsite’ and ‘chicken wings corner’ respectively. The former is located at the westernmost point of Hong Kong; the latter, situated close to the shore, is an island that got its name for its chicken-wing-like shape – it protrudes from the south and curves inwards from the northern part. Continue and soon you will see the estuarine mixing zone between the river and the ocean. The waters, clear on one side and murky on the other, form a natural boundary, which is an incredible sight.