Hong Kong’s Most Beautiful Hiking Trail: MacLehose Trail Stage 2
MacLehose Trail (麥理浩徑) is a 100 km hiking trail that crosses over Hong Kong from the very west Tuen Mun District (屯門區) to the very east Sai Kung District (西貢區). The name MacLehose comes from The Lord MacLehose of Beoch who was the longest-serving governor in Hong Kong under British colony. Under his ruling, Hong Kong witnessed one of the most golden periods of all time such as being the financial center of Asia, being one of the Four Asian Tigers (along side Taiwan, Singapore, and South Korea), having 9-year mandatory education, as well as setting up country parks to preserve nature, and the list goes on… As he was a passionate hiker himself, the hiking trail was named after him for his contribution to Hong Kong.
MacLehose Trail is divided into ten stages, with the second stage having the most breathtaking view. Normally it is recommended to start the hike from the last section of MacLehose Trail one, the High Island Reservoir East Dam (萬宜水庫東壩), which is listed as a part of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (香港聯合國教科文組織世界地質公園) (photo 1). The view from the reservoir is really magnificent and is definitely an awesome start of the hike with already a good view as our motivation to go further. The beginning was relatively easy, as we saw the reservoir (photo 3–6), we were just walking either downwards or on flat well-paved hiking trail. Along the way, we could see the clear water of the reservoir and, on the other side, the characteristic rocks (photo 7) in this area and more in Sai Kung.
Then our happy and chilling stroll came to an end, as what was waiting for us was indeed a much higher level of hiking than the first part. The trail went upwards for a very long time plus the strong heat, we were just very lucky that we brought enough water and applied enough sun screen. Here is a picture of how far up we went during our hike. Moreover, as some parts of the trail was steep and dangerous, we saw a sign stating accidents happened before and we would need to take our own risk to go further. Those hiking trails are quite safe during summer times, if one can overcome the heat by not having a heat stroke. I believe accidents probably mostly happen on raining days. However, no matter what weather it is, safety comes first than anything else.
After a long hike, we got an overview of Long Ke Wan (浪茄灣) which is a white sand beach (photo 1–3) that countless people put as their top bucket list for Hong Kong. Then we walked on the beach and enjoyed some time there. To be honest, this beach has to be the cleanest and whitest beach I have visited in my life. Moreover, it is not very crowded with people. Therefore, it is the perfect location to be immersed in nature and enjoy the view of mountain and cape. Along the way, we get to see the reservoir from various angles as well. Somehow, I always thought the iconic geography (photo 4–6) from the reservoir is printed on Hong Kong dollars but I couldn’t find it anywhere. Maybe I love it so much that I think it deserves a place on the currency. lol