One of the most spectacular landscapes in Lantau. Climbing up and down on the crest of the hills.
- Beauty/fun: 8/10. Some marks deducted cause it is quite common to have no views here. Lantau Peak, because of its location and height, is a magnet for clouds. If you are unlucky and when going up you get into the clouds, just continue to Lantau trail and don’t try South Heaven’s itself. You will miss the views anyhow and dangerous in there.
- Difficulty: 6.5/10. The route is well marked with ribbons but as mentioned can get foggy easily. The ascent is steep and even if not technical, can produce vertigo to those prone to suffer it. A couple of treacherous small downhills.
Start on South Lantau Road. MTR to Tung Chung or ferry to Mui Wo and buses to Ngong Ping and Tai O direction for public transportation. You will need to stop just before Shek Pik reservoir.
Cross the catchwater and start your way up the hill. Dog’s Teeth, 狗牙嶺 (Kau Nga Ling) in Cantonese, has 3 main routes: East, Mid and West. I have hiked up and down the last two, even raced on 😀
Both are pretty but I prefer the Mid route. Don’t miss the start! Exactly here you will see ribbons on your right getting into the vegetation and up.
Soon you will leave the vegetation behind and you will start seeing the reservoir below.
The route is mainly upwards in a clear path.
Arriving at a steep “technical” section.
Not really 😛 But you might need to use your hands and here the vertigo problems can start…
The most difficult part of the Dog’s teeth is this little downhill.
Just before arriving at the connection with the North path.
You can continue “hiking” in the Google maps above on a foggy day. Quite common up there. In this case was bit hazy but OK.
Soon you will see the Big Buddha and the huge bridge connecting with Macau.
If you continue up you will arrive at the Lantau trail. Check on your right and you will see a quite particular rock structure (watch the video below).
That’s your way down to South Heaven’s Gate. The same corridor seen from below.
This section is quite more tricky than all the previous path. You will need to use your hands and go down carefully.
Soon you will start to see all the path that you have climbed below.
You will cross several little forest and “rock rivers”.
Getting close to the most picturesque area.
The corridor to the sky.
A bit of easy climbing.
Wrong way, beautiful pic.
With the crest behind.
If you would like to go to the “real” South Heaven’s Gate you would need to go down again, retrace your steps and, where in the video we start climbing, continue on the dirt path Eastwards.
The most picturesque places seen already and drizzling so we went up in the fastest way possible. Soon the path becomes less steep and you will connect with the Lantau Trail. Up you can go to the peak. If going down in some minutes you will see the entrance or exit of South Heaven’s
to Pak Kung Au, where to take the bus back.
The video with everything you will see and some nice drone footage: