Double Haven Country Trail
Country Trail

Trail Summary

Length
13.2 km
Duration
6 hours
Region
North New Territories
Overall Difficulty (3-Star Demanding)

Length (Rating 4-Star)

Duration (Rating 5-Star)

Gradient (Rating 2-Star)

Surface (Rating 2-Star)

Shading Level
(3 green leaves represent high shading level)

  • (High)

Overall Rating (5 hearts is the highest)

(Rating 2-Heart)

Some people say the history of Hong Kong is all about migration; in particular, Hakka culture plays a major role in it. Located on the northeastern shore of Plover Cove Country Park, Lai Chi Wo is home to a well-preserved Hakka walled village with a history of more than 400 years. A place of scenic beauty, it features geological wonders, natural habitats, ancient villages, and Hakka Culture. The starting point Wu Kau Tang was once called ‘Wu Kwai Tin’, which literally means Tortoise Field, but villagers replaced ‘Kwai’ with ‘Kau’ for its auspicious meaning. As of today, the tortoises have long gone, but the clean water of the streams in the forest has provided a habitat for various species of insects, making it a popular destination to see dragonflies in summer. On the coast of Sam A Chung, Yan Chau Tong Marine Park comes into full view. The pink colour of the bay is given by the extremely high iron content in the sandstone, the oxidation condition of which was strengthened by high temperature when the strata were being formed. Not only does Lai Chi Wo offer beautiful coastal scenery, a taste of Hakka culture in walled villages, and traditional delicacies, but it is also home to many special old trees, including Autumn Maple, whose trunk is hollow, the primeval Heritiera woods, which are the largest of their kind in the territory, Small-fruited Fig, whose aerial roots hold onto Autumn Maple, and the Five-fingered Camphor Tree, a ‘finger’ of which was unfortunately cut down by the Japanese forces during the Japanese occupation.


Points to note:

1. Water level of the streams near Ha Miu Tin will rise after heavy rain. Do not cross when water covers the bridge or stepping stones, or when the flow is rapid.
2. Trail section near Sam A Chung may be difficult cross when affected by high tides. Visitors shall pay attention to safety. Please check the Predicted Tides for Ko Lau Wan at the HK Observatory website (https://www.hko.gov.hk/en/tide/predtide.htm) before setting off.





Transportation Information

Start Point
Take bus route 275R to Wu Kau Tang bus terminus or Green Minibus route 20R to junction of Chi Sum Road and Wu Kau Tang Road. Then walk along Wu Kau Tang Road to the end. The start point is on the left.

Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) routes - 275R (275R only runs on Sundays and public holidays)
Green Minibus route - 20R

End Point
Return to start point and take public transport for leaving, or head to Lai Chi Wo Pier to take ferry.

Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) routes - 275R (275R only runs on Sundays and public holidays)
Green Minibus route - 20R

Ferry Service
- Ma Liu Shui to Lai Chi Wo (Depart at 09:00 on Sundays and public holidays only)
- Lai Chi Wo to Ma Liu Shui (Depart at 15:30 on Sundays and public holidays only)
- Sam Mun Tsai to Tai Shui Hang/Lai Chi Wo/Kat O/Ap Chau (Tuesdays and Thursdays only, except public holidays. Depart at 08:30 at Sam Mun Tsai, 09:00 at Tai Shui Hang, pass by Lai Chi Wo / Kat O, then depart at 12:45 at Ap Chau)
- Sha Tau Kok to Ap Chau (Depart at 08:30, 12:30, 14:45, 17:00) Note1
- Ap Chau to Sha Tau Kok (Upon Demand) Note1
- Sha Tau Kok to Lai Chi Wo/Ap Chau/Kat O (Depart at 10:00, 12:00, 15:00 at Sha Tau Kok). Note1, 2

Note1: Passengers must obtain the valid Sha Tau Kok Closed Area Permit before boarding at Sha Tau Kok Public Pier.
Note2: Passengers should purchase return ticket together with a departure ticket while on board at Sha Tau Kok Public Pier.


Tourism Closed Area Permit (Individual) could be applied through Online Application Platform of Hong Kong Police Force


Transport Department web page

The transportation information provided in this website is for reference only. Please check the updated transportation information from the websites of Transport Department and relevant transport utilities before setting off.

Hong Kong eTransport web page
https://www.hkemobility.gov.hk/

Route Map

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.

Nearby Attraction #Ultraman  #Sai Lau Kong  #Lai Chi Wo  
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