Arriving Sam Mun Tsai in Tai Po, follow the sign for
the Ma Shi Chau Special Area. After Sam Mun Tsai
Village, make your way up a small hill for Ma Shi
Chau. This approach takes about half an hour.
To preserve rock
formations and rich minerals, Ma Shi Chau was designated
a Special Area in 1999, along with nearby Yeung Chau,
Centre Island (A Chau) and an unnamed islet. This
Nature Trail runs along the rocky shores of the island
and presents many types of rocks and landforms. Some
parts of the trail are submerged at high tide, so
check the tide times before setting off.
rock on the southeastern shore of Ma Shi Chau
was formed approximately 280 million to 225 million
years ago in the Permian Period of the geological
time scale, a period much earlier than the Jurassic
Period when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
A walk on the island
of Ma Shi Chau is a journey back to prehistoric times.
Along the way there are interesting quartz porphyry,
intriguing geological features like Lung Lok Shui,
dykes, wave-cut platforms and foldings, as well as
coastal flora. As this is a one-way route so you
have to trace your steps back to the starting point.