Ngong Ping Trail (Lantau Peak Section)
Ngong Ping Trail (Lantau Peak Section) starts at Ngong Ping Nature Centre. After walking pass the old tea garden, where the Wisdom Path, a landscaped installation of 38 massive wooden pillars arranged in the pattern of the infinity symbol, is seen not far away. The wooden columns, inscribed with the original calligraphy featuring the Heart Sutra from world-renowned sinologist Professor Jao Tsung-I, are infused with religious elements and blended perfectly with the rural surroundings. Passing through the Lantau Peak archway, the challenge to reach the top of Lantau Peak at 934 m in height starts. Before Hong Kong became a city and port, Lantau Peak had always been referred to as ‘Lan Tau’, which is the romanisation of the words ‘broken head’ in Chinese, by local villagers because the outline of its summit looks broken apart. In the 19th century when British people came to Hong Kong, the whole island was called the same name; this is how Lantau Island got its name. Climbing up a steep rock staircase dubbed ‘Staircase to the Sky’ to Lantau Peak is not as strenuous a climb as one would imagine, as long as hikers pace themselves and settle into their own rhythm. On any sunny day in early summer, you will be afforded views of the azure sky and verdant woodlands in high resolution.