Pottinger Peak Country Trail
If you are looking for a level route that can be accessed easily, there is no better place than Pottinger Peak Country Trail, whose starting point is very close to the heart of Chai Wan. Embarking at Ma Tong Au of Shek O, you will be greeted with broad views when you go past the catchment, which looks out on another hiking hotspot Dragon’s Back in the distance. Extending in a westerly direction to the coastlines and bays of Big Wave Bay and Shek O and ends at Cape D’Aguilar, Dragon’s Back prides itself on being the best place to take in the vistas and charm of the sea that surrounds Hong Kong. Along the path there are butterflies everywhere and a pavilion where tourists could take a break and enjoy the views of Clear Water Bay, Tung Lung Chau, Chai Wan and Siu Sai Wan. Back in the old days, Hong Kong was an exporter of timber. Chai Wan, ringed on three sides by mountains, got its name from its rich production of firewood (which is translated as “Chai” in Chinese), but the original name of the place, Sai Wan, fails to live in the memory of most people. On the other hand, Siu Sai Wan, located in the eastern part of Chai Wan, was once named as Siu Chai Wan and Chai Wan Tsai, both of which failed to be passed on. This history of how Chai Wan and Siu Sai Wan got their names has created an interesting contrast. Beyond the viewing point, the finishing point Cape Collinson Road is 300 metres away. The whole trip takes almost 2 hours.
The below map showing the route and the scenic spots along the hiking trail.
For details, please refer to the transportation information above and photos captions text below.
Overlooking Cape D'Aguilar & Cape Collinson Correctional Institution
Overlooking Tung Lung Chau
Overlooking Tung Lung Chau & Ng Fan Chau
Overlooking Island Resort & Tseung Kwan O
Picnic Site at Pottinger Gap
Pottinger Peak View Campass
Sea View Kiosk