I don’t do many hikes on Hong Kong Island, perhaps because I have the impression that other areas such as Lantau Island and the New Territories (Sai Kung especially) offer more challenging and natural trails. However, the fact is there are plenty of great trails on the island, and not all of them are paved with stone or concrete. Case in point: this weekend hike we took a route that isn’t even marked on the official trail maps.
D’Aguilar Peninsula (named after Sir George Charles D’Aguilar, former Lieutenant Governor of Hong Kong) is located on the south-eastern end of Hong Kong Island. The major mount in the area is D’Aguilar Peak, at 325m, where a radio transmission station and numerous terrestrial antennae are installed. At the southern end of the peninsula, Cape D’Aguilar (also known as Hok Tsui 鶴咀) is the site of a Marine Reserve – The Swire Institute of Marine Science. Here you will also find the Cape D’Aguilar Lighthouse (or the Hok Tsui Beacon), the oldest lighthouse in Hong Kong and a declared historical monument.
At the village of Shek O, we start the hike at the pristine beach, and after a few false leads manage to find the trail head. Even though there is no official trail, other hikers have marked the way with ribbons and chalk marks. The route leads up northern face of the mountain, through some very thick vegetation, and at times completely bare rock face. The climb was steep, some sections requiring climbing on all fours, but traction was generally not a problem. You do have to pay attention to where you step, because often you cannot see a trail at all.
Once at the peak, you simply follow the transmission station access road down to Cape D’Aguilar and the Marine Reserve. Whereas there was no one on the uphill hike, there were plenty of people at the Cape. The massive waves pounding the rugged coastline was an impressive sight.
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