Discovery Bay Beach in a lazy Sunday afternoon and people relaxing at the DB Central Plaza
On a sunny, breezy, and lazy afternoon, we headed out to the Lantau Island for a scenic walk from Discovery Bay to Mui Wo. As one of the favorite trail for walkers in Hong Kong, the DB-Mui Wo trail is a beautiful way to spend 2-3 hours with plenty of food and drinks options at either ends.
We started from the central plaza at DB. After a nice Sunday brunch at the ZAKS, we headed to the starting point of the trail – through an opening of the wired fence near the Discovery Bay Marina Club. We could see the only European tall ship in Hong Kong, the Bounty, parking near the DB Marina Club.
The entry point to the trail is a little hard to find. Look for the faded sign post on the left.
We walked along the beaches towards Nim Shue Wan (稔樹灣) and Tai Shui Hang (大水坑). The scenery was unforgettable as we passed through numerous named and un-named beaches. One can literally have the whole beach by oneself as most of them are empty, saved a few with fishermen digging clams.
You can have the whole beach by yourself. Just pick one!
Couple enjoying their time at a quiet corner along the trail.
At the end of the sea front path, we reached the first staircase for ascending across the Tung Wan Tau hill towards Mui Wo. It was a 265 meters ascents covered nicely with trees and bamboo shadings. The path is well paved, which makes the ascent more manageable. This part of the trail was enjoyable because of the autumn breeze and the sounds of streams.
Along the way, we passed through the Trappist monastery and the Lady of Joy Abbey. The Trappist monastery is closed to visitors, but the Lady of Joy Abbey can be visited with strict observance of quiet. Another interesting fact of the Trappist monastery was its own dairy. There was once a very kind-hearted monk who donated dairy cattle to the Monastery. Impressed by the smooth, soft milk produced, the priests then founded a small operation to supply bottled fresh milk for the neighbourhoods and visitors, in return for the blessings received. Today, the operation carried on while the plant was relocated from Lantau to the manufacturing plant in Yuen Long. We can buy the Trappist milk from most supermarkets and grocery stores.
Walking past the Trappist Monastry, we continued our ascent towards the top of the hill. Here, we can have the panoramic view of the channel underneath. Today, the weather was perfect and we could see Peng Chau, Hei Ling Chau, and even Lamma Island.
We took a break at the red pagoda, and got refreshed. Then we started our descend towards Mui Wo. The scenery here changed again. From above, Mui Wo looks like a relaxing backwater resort. At the end of the long stairway, we arrived at the Silvermine Beach. Because it was a Sunday, a lot of tourists packed at the Silvermine Beach for sun bathing, touch football, etc.
Keep going along the beach front, we walked past beach volleyball courts, barbecue pits, and the China Beach Club Café. At the end of the trail, we finally arrived at the Mui Wo ferry pier. There were plenty of options near Mui Wo town centre. We ate at the Kitchen Mui Wo and its salad is absolutely fabulous!!