Quite close to Tung Chung, another way to go up to the Buddha temple within crystalline water and challenging jungle waterfalls.
- Beauty/fun: 7/10 Clean water, different sections (flat, steep, open sky, jungle-like…), several nice looking waterfalls that you can mainly scramble in.
- Difficulty (check this link if new here, this is not your standard HK hiking web): 7.5/10 There are parallel side paths in the main waterfalls, but this considers climbing bigger ones within. Consider bringing a rope to help weaker hikers. I used 20m but you could go with shorter one, resetting several times. No clear exits once in the stream.
MTR to Tung Chung. Walk SW direction as if you would be heading to Tai O through the coastal path. You will see the stairs going up to the Buddha Temple under the cable car on your left. Just continue for approx 1.2km and you will arrive at the bottom of the stream.
You can try to keep your feet dry for little time
or just enjoy the water. It will happen soon anyhow.
The initial part is quite flat and will get you little
by little into the forest- jungle.
There are ribbons around but the side paths are obscure and quite often very overgrown. It’s easier to keep within the stream.
The slope starts to increase and you have the first waterfalls.
On the map above I have marked where the real action starts.
A big section, approx 80m altitude gain, of 3 to 6 meters high concatenated waterfalls.
There are side routes, on the rock on the right side and within the muddy jungle on the left side. The stream itself is the most fun. Slowly and carefully climbable. You might get a better feeling of what it is in the video
After this waterfall the stream does not end. You have more falls to see
and climb on their side
Check the GPS app from time to time to see how far you are from the exit. It is not completely obvious. You should see a little tributary on your left. Continue a bit more till you see ribbons guiding you up
connecting to the wooden steps of the “Donkey Trail” (Ngong Ping 360 cable car rescue trail). You could go down here (green line). In our case we went up towards the Buddha Temple (purple). Just after the end of of the steepest parts under the cable car, this tower (actually the third),
you can find your way to the path going under Nei Lak Shan and down back to Tung Chung (red track) with an additional stream doable downhill. I have marked it with a blue line on the map.