Nice stream and wonderful infinity pool in the SW of Lantau.
- Difficulty: 5/10. Some ribbons to guide you. A couple of early exits. If doing it completely you will need to navigate through the bushes to arrive at a “civilized” path.
- If you are only interested in seeing the infinity pool you can just walk on concrete and steps without doing the stream. Although the stream is the fun. Before you could be alone in the pool, overcrowded for a while and no swimming allowed in anymore therefore.
- The map
First of all, you would need to arrive at the fishing village of Tai O.
The easiest public transportation would include MTR to Tung Chung and bus to Tai O.
The road is very winding, so consider it if you get easily carsick. Once couple of fellow hikers decided to cancel their hike to Man Cheung Po and walk back to Tung Chung through the northern path just to avoid that road again…
Once out of the bus just walk to the West and you will find this nice passageway which connects with the other side of the villeage and later the Lantau Trail itself.
The way here is very simple. Mostly on concrete and with some gentle ups and downs next to the coast. Arriving to Yi O Bay.
On the way you will see some rock stairs going up. Marked in the map above as alternative route in blue. This would take you directly to the pool. Instead if you continue for some 200m more you will arrive at this bridge where you can decide to remove your shoes.
If you want to avoid getting them wet 😛
Or now (update Oct 2017) you have a path on its right to avoid it. From here on you will go up the stream next to several
Some of the climbs can be slippery so be careful. But with patience the path is kind of easy to navigate here.
More waterfalls with pools where to swim on a hot day.
In my case I prefer to walk in the water, but definitely you can avoid doing so.
Clear water all the way up.
There are quite some ribbons set up now and some of them can take you quite far from the stream. Try to be close to it all the time, which will require climbing just next to some of the small waterfalls themselves. This one for example.
Finally you will arrive to this series of waterfalls. On the very top you can see the dam. I have climbed on the right side of the wall before.
But it is way easier just to go to the left side following the ribbons and you will arrive at the infinity pool. Walk on the left side
and you will have the pic you might want (depending on weather conditions).
As you might have guessed with the word dam, this is not a natural pool. Man made to provide water to the villages around. Some years ago, with tons of people getting their fancy selfies in all social media, it got too famous and crowded with people who did not care at all of polluting around. So since then, the Water Supply Department set guards to avoid anyone swimming in. The maximum punishment is a HKD50,000 fine and a two-year jail term.
You can continue your ascent and the stream continues being worthwhile watching. Here, even with no rain in previous days, the twin waterfalls.
You can just after take another alternative exit route, marked in blue again in the map above.
Or continue into the gorge next to the stream SE-S direction.
You will still find ribbons marking your way.
And more waterfalls next to which to climb.
Little by little the stream becomes less steep though and therefore the vegetation makes hiking more complicated.
Unless you, finally, give up and just walk in the stream 😀
Bit of bush walking.
And you will arrive at the Lantau Trail section 5. You can walk North direction then and go back to Tai O again. Or in our case we detoured a bit to see the cute Lung Tsai Ng Yuen garden.
And back to the road to take the bus back Tung Chung or Mui Wo direction.