Step back in time – Lai Chi Wo Hiking Tour
About the Tour
Your hike starts in the tiny hamlet of Wu Kau Tang. The walk proceeds through lush vegetation. Along the way we walk past abandoned rice fields and terraces once cultivated by the inhabitants of the Hakka villages dotted in this area. Today these villages are deserted and rapidly reclaimed by nature. We follow the stream through the valley to the inlet of the Yan Chau Tong (Double Haven) Marine Park.
Lai Chi Wo, dates back to the 1670’s, and was once one of the most affluent villages in the Northeastern New Territories, where a population of mainly Hakka origin lived. This area was once known for its lychee trees and has a long history of farming. Most residents have left in the last decades, with only a few returning on weekends, or over festival times.
Good to know
Meeting point & time: 10 am at Tai Po Market MTR Station – in front of Starbucks
Tour ends: 4.30 pm at Chinese University MTR Station
Walking distance: 7km
Walk grade: Easy to moderate
Terrain: Nature path, some steps, mainly level
Facilities: Toilets along the route
Highlights: Lush and (mostly) shaded nature path; visit at largest intact Hakka Village within the Hong Kong Territory; excellent Chinese lunch in countryside; boat ride after the hike.
What's included? Transport & Lunch
Days available: Saturdays
A minimum of 3 participants are required for this walk.
Where to Meet