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Lai Chi Wo Hiking Tour

From US$13.12
  • Hike through the New Territories to the village of Lai Chi Wo
  • Learn how the area was settled—then abandoned—from your guide

  • Look out for barking deer, wild boar, birds, and butterflies

Lai Chi Wo Hiking Tour
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Lai Chi Wo Hiking Tour
From US$13.12
There’s so much more to Hong Kong than hypermodern sprawl, but its more tranquil zones can be hard to reach without either your own transport or Chinese language skills. Explore a scenic—yet eerie—wonderland of deserted villages and abandoned rice terraces with a guide as you hike to the Hakka village of Lai Chi Wo. Enjoy a seafood lunch along the way then return by boat.
What to Expect
We meet at at the Tai Po Market Train Station at 10 am
Transfer to the start of our hike
2,5 hours walk trough lush vegetation, past abandoned rice fields and terraces once cultivated by the inhabitants of the Hakka villages dotted in this area. Today these villages are deserted and rapidly reclaimed by nature. We follow the stream through the valley to the inlet of the Yan Chau Tong (Double Haven) Marine Park. 
Lunch at small village.
45 mins walk following the coastline, boosting some of the oldest geological formations in the area and neatly arranged fishponds, we reach the Hakka Village of Lai Chi Wo.
Lai Chi Wo, dates back to the 1670’s, and was once one of the most affluent villages in the Northeastern New Territories. Most residents have left in the last decades, with only a few returning on weekends, or over festival times. The houses remain well preserved and the fung shui wood behind the village flourishes, home to camphor, autumn maple, incense tree and other specimens. Return by boat to Tolo Harbour.
17.00 tour ends at Chinese University Station.
Reviews (12)
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Reviewed yesterday
Wonderful to experience a very different side of Hong Kong

This was a unique experience away from the urban city life of Hong Kong. The walk was at an easy pace, taking in some remote old villages and unspoilt landscapes. Our excellent guide Rachel showed us around and explained some of the history of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank pauline m
Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile
Excellent trip with professional tour guide

You cannot imagine there could be so much stories and history behind the villages and trails that looks so ordinary. Because of the professional tour guide - and we were lucky to have met some amazing people also signed up to the tour - the...More

3  Thank Janice W
Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile
Amazing tour bringing me to another side of Hong Kong!

Having lived in city area of Hong Kong for years, this tour brings me to experience a completely different side of Hong Kong. The tour is extremely well organized and led by a professional tour guide - who is Swiss but have lived in HK...More

1  Thank laurenceluk
Reviewed 10 June 2018
Leisurely exploration of nature and history away from the madness of Mong Kok

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to join the Lai Chi Wo hiking tour and I got to experience a very different side of Hong Kong. The trails lead you through forests, past fields, along a scenic coastline, and through old Hakka villages....More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank HKW61
Reviewed 10 June 2018
Great way to explore HK's green spaces

This was a really great tour. My friends and I went on a Saturday in May. It was a small group with the 4 of us and 2 Singaporeans. We saw different types of plants, bamboo that was shaped like a fan and trees with...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank RenaC_from_BC
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28 May 2018|
Response from WinnieC1433 | Reviewed this property |
There are bumpy parts in the woods but towards the end of the walking tour, there are flat roads. Would suggest walk in a slower pace in the non-paved parts and go during weekday if you could, feels much more spacious.