Double Haven Country Trail
Some people say the history of Hong Kong is all about migration; in particular, Hakka culture plays a major role in it. Located on the northeastern shore of Plover Cove Country Park, Lai Chi Wo is home to a well-preserved Hakka walled village with a history of more than 400 years. A place of scenic beauty, it features geological wonders, natural habitats, ancient villages, and Hakka Culture. The starting point Wu Kau Tang was once called ‘Wu Kwai Tin’, which literally means Tortoise Field, but villagers replaced ‘Kwai’ with ‘Kau’ for its auspicious meaning. As of today, the tortoises have long gone, but the clean water of the streams in the forest has provided a habitat for various species of insects, making it a popular destination to see dragonflies in summer. On the coast of Sam A Chung, Yan Chau Tong Marine Park comes into full view. The pink colour of the bay is given by the extremely high iron content in the sandstone, the oxidation condition of which was strengthened by high temperature when the strata were being formed. Not only does Lai Chi Wo offer beautiful coastal scenery, a taste of Hakka culture in walled villages, and traditional delicacies, but it is also home to many special old trees, including Autumn Maple, whose trunk is hollow, the primeval Heritiera woods, which are the largest of their kind in the territory, Small-fruited Fig, whose aerial roots hold onto Autumn Maple, and the Five-fingered Camphor Tree, a ‘finger’ of which was unfortunately cut down by the Japanese forces during the Japanese occupation.
Points to note:
1. Water level of the streams near Ha Miu Tin will rise after heavy rain. Do not cross when water covers the bridge or stepping stones, or when the flow is rapid.
2. Trail section near Sam A Chung may be difficult cross when affected by high tides. Visitors shall pay attention to safety. Please check the Predicted Tides for Ko Lau Wan at the HK Observatory website (https://www.hko.gov.hk/en/tide/predtide.htm) before setting off.
San Uk Ha
Wu Kau Tang Village
Sheung Miu Tin
Sam A Tsuen
Sam A Chung
Sam A Wan
Sam A Wan
Lai Chi Wo Viewing Point
Aerial View of Lai Chi Wo Village
Five Finger Camphor
Butress Root of Coastal Heritiera
Hip Tin Temple & Hok Shan Monastery
Hok Shan Monastery and Hip Tin Temple
Stream near Kau Tam Tso
Lai Chi Wo Pier