Hong Kong Geopark

Lai Chi Wo

Ecological and Cultural Tour ( 1-day course )

Some places always beckon you to return. Visitors to Lai Chi Wo will agree that it is one such place. Lai Chi Wo is one of the oldest, biggest and best-preserved rural settlements in the northeast New Territories of Hong Kong. Built over 300 years ago according to traditional geomancy rules, the village is laid out with three longitudinal and nine horizontal rows of houses, with more than 200 houses in all. The charming rural homes slope progressively up the hill, and the whole village is protected by rustic walls.

In the old days, most of the villagers were rice and fruit farmers; others fished or made bamboo utensils for a living. Starting in the 1960s, the villagers began migrating to Britain or moving to the city for better jobs, but they always return to Lai Chi Wo for the decennial Tai Ping Ching Chiu ceremony of Hing Chun Yeuk. It is a bustling time for all.

Stroll along the 1.2km Lai Chi Wo Nature Trail and you will surely appreciate the region’s ecological significance. The dense fung shui wood behind the village, with its diverse tree species, is an important habitat for many mammals and butterflies. The coastal forest of eight true mangrove species is the breeding ground for abundant marine life. Among the mangroves is the largest mangrove species in Hong Kong ― Coastal Heritiera ― which can grow over 15m tall. Their powerful buttress roots break through the muddy ground and stand like solid walls. The White-flowered Derris is giant vine that can grow to a great size, equalling a grown man’s waist in diameter. Like a giant python or dragon, it meanders across the forest. Lai Chi Wo is also home to a sweeping wetland, which supports diverse dragonflies, frogs and freshwater fish. All these natural habitats come together to form an important ecosystem. These natural resources enrich the cultural character of the area. Lai Chi Wo is as beautiful as a landscape painting

 

 

Video Of Lai Chi Wo

This video will show you the major attractions of Lai Chi Wo of HONG KONG UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARK.

 

 

 

 

 

How to get there

 

How to get there:

By Ferry from Ma Liu Shui

A ferry service runs between Ma Liu Shui and Lai Chi Wo which sails along the Tolo Channel and Wong Chuk Kok Tsui, on Sunday and Public Holidays.

Visitors can travel by MTR East Rail and get off at the University Station, Exit B, then walk for about 15 minutes to Ma Liu Shui Landing Steps No.3 for the ferry service to Kat O and Ap Chau. The normal boat traveling time is about 2 hours. Visitors are advised to take the *ferry schedule into consideration in planning the trip.

Service days: Sundays and Public Holidays

Depart from Ma Liu Shui: 09:00am

Depart from Lai Chi Wo: 15:30pm

Fare: $50 single ticket; $80 return ticket

Booking & enquiries: 2555 9269 (Best Sonic Industrial Limited)

(subject to operator's announcement)

 

By Hiking (for hikers with certain experience)

Take green mini bus 20C(Special Route)at the minibus terminus at Tai Po Market MTR Station, get off at the Wu Kau Tang. Or take KMB 275R at Tai Po Market MTR station, get off at Bride's Pool Bus Station and walk to Wu Kau Tang. It takes around 2 hours to hike from Wu Kau Tang to Lai Chi Wo.

56K minibus run between Fanling MTR station and Luk Keng, get off at Luk Keng and hike to Fung Hang, it takes a 2.5 hours to Lai Chi Wo. Make sure you have enough time to return before sunset.

 
Tips: Holiday store provides water and soft drinks at Lai Chi Wo. Remember to bring along enough water, foods, sunglasses and sun cap.  

 

ATTRACTIONS

 

Ma Liu Shui Landing No.3
Ma Liu Shui Landing No.3
Lai Chi Wo Pier
Lai Chi Wo Pier
Geopark Park Sign
Geopark Park Sign
Uvaria
Uvaria
Local Rural Shrine
Local Rural Shrine
Main Entrance
Main Entrance of the Walled Village
Alley
Alley of the Walled Village
Setting of Hakka House
Setting of Hakka House
Overlaying Roof Tiles
Overlaying Roof Tiles
Lai Chi Wo Nature Trail
Lai Chi Wo Nature Trail
White-flower Derris
White-flower Derris
Reddish Siltstone
Reddish Siltstone

 

 

LOCATION MAP

 

 

 

Leave No Trace. Take Your Litter Home. Enjoy Your Geopark Journey.

 

 


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