*continuation of our Hong Kong vacation…
Hiking is one of the highlights of our trip, it was an unorthodox way of experiencing Hong Kong… far from the busy streets of shopping areas of Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui, from the fun-filled Disneyland and from the picturesque usual tourist attractions.
Original plan was to scale two mountains, Lantau Peak and Dragon’s Back, but due to lack of time and exhaustion, Dragon’s Back has to take a backseat.
Hong Kong’s second highest peak is Fung Wong Shan or Lantau Peak. It has 2 peaks namely Fung Shan and Wong Shan hence the name Fung Wong Shan. Lantau Peak’s trail is reminiscent of Mt. Ugo’s trail. It was a fairly easy trek up to its 934 MASL peak, it was quite a feat because of the hot weather and some steep ascend upon nearing the peak.
But I must admire Hong Kong’s tourism authorities, as part of promoting their hiking trails, they ensured the safety of the hikers by putting rails on some sections of the trail where there are dangerous cliffs. Cleanliness of the trails are also maintained, however, they built some structures made of concrete at the peak.
We met other hikers along the way and upon our descent, a Chinese man suggested that we traverse the other side, a longer but easier walk minus the stair-like rocks of our uphill climb. The easier trail will lead us to the road where the bus stop is located going to Tung Chung. Too bad we already got our round-trip ticket for the Ngong Ping cable car so we have no choice but to follow the same trail. The Chinese man was right, the downhill climb is harder than the uphill climb but we were able to finish the hike safe and sound.
As if we weren’t tired after the Lantau Peak, we decided to walk a little further to see the Wisdom Path. Wisdom Path is located past the Big Buddha. From the Big Buddha, follow the arrow signs leading to the Tea Garden Restaurant and you should see the Wisdom Path. Few tourists know the Wisdom Path, only the locals are familiar with this Heart Sutra Wood Inscription. Heart Sutra is the well-known prayer for Buddhists.
Wisdom Path consists of 38 wooden rectangular beams, the formation is like a figure of eight to represent infinity. Inscribed in the wooden beams are Chinese calligraphy consisting of a 260-word prayer.