21 July 2019
A small stream runs down from Silvermine Waterfall during the dry season. Photo: RTHK
A small stream runs down from Silvermine Waterfall during the dry season. Photo: RTHK

A treacherous trail to Tiger’s Head in Mui Wo

Mui Wo, a rural town on the eastern coast of Lantau Island, is a perfect place for a holiday retreat.

Twenty minutes away from the bus terminal is Yuen’s Mansion.

Built by Yuen Wah-chiu, a high-ranking Kuomintang officer, sometime between the 1920s and 1940s, it is the oldest architecture in Mui Wo and listed as a Grade 2 historic building.

The mansion, made of granite, is a rare example of a medium-sized rural residential compound consisting of two watchtowers, a residential block and ancillary buildings.

It served as a garrison against the Japanese invasion in the Second World War.

Yuen also helped resolve the food crisis during the war by importing rice grains secretly from the mainland to the village.

Heading in the northwest direction, one passes through Pak Ngan Heung (白銀鄉) to reach the Silvermine Waterfall and the century-old Silver Mine Cave.

There are four known entrances to the cave, two of which have been sealed by the government and the remaining two long buried in soil and mud.

The deserted cave is now home to bats and no one should attempt to enter it as it poses safety risks.

Gazing in the south from Mong To Au (望渡坳) is Mui Wo plain, and in the east is the Silver Mine Bay.

A Po Long (亞婆塱) Pavilion marks the start of Lo Fu Tau Country Trail, which is known for its interesting rocks such as the “Sword Testing Stone”, “Strange Duck Stone” and “Peach Stone”.

The treacherous trail ends at Lo Fu Tau, which means “Tiger’s head” in Cantonese.

But to see its real face, hikers must have the guts and skills to go downhill over a steep and unstable slope and view its northern face.

If you venture beyond that spot, the scene turns into a cluster of random rocks that in no way could be recognized as the fierce big cat.

Getting there:

To go to Mui Wo: Take ferry from Central or New Lantao Bus route 3M from Tung Chung.

To return from Discovery Bay Ferry Pier: Take ferry to Central, or bus route DB01R to Tung Chung MTR Station, DB02R to Hong Kong International Airport, or DB03R to Sunny Bay MTR Station.

Time: About four hours

Reference: Government website

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on March 5, 2015.

Translation by Darlie Yiu with additional reporting

[Chinese version 中文版]

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Hikers will surely be delighted by the sight of interesting rocks scattered along the Lo Fu Tau Country Trail. Photo: HKEJ

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