After a light day of walking yesterday, it is time to get back out there are try something big, Chi Ma Wan Country Trail big. I heard about this trail, which is located on the Chi Ma Wan Peninsula on Lantau Island's south-eastern shores, from the Hike Hong Kong Blog and had to give it a go.
It is going to be a long day so I get up early and make tracks for the bus to Central Ferry Pier No.6. The ferry to Mui Wo leaves from Hong Kong Island a little after 6am and takes around an hour. Even though it is still night, the sparkling city lights provide good entertainment as the ferry speeds along. I am amazed how many people are on the ferry at this time of the morning, I never realised Lantau Island, let alone Mui Wo was such a popular transport route.
I check on my phone to see where I am on the water. Why is the boat making a turn north? There must be a big ship in the way and the ferry has to divert around it. But I can't see any ship. Why are we continuing north towards Peng Chau? Why are we docking at Peng Chau? Why is everyone getting off? Why am I such an idiot? I caught the wrong @%$#! ferry! How the hell did I do that? Can I get to Mui Wo from here? I can, but the next service is hours away. @%$#! this! I am such an idiot! Back to @%$#! Hong Kong Island I guess it is for me. So I get on the same ferry and head back to Hong Kong Island (in hindsight I probably could have just spent the day exploring Peng Chau, I hear it's nice).
On the way back to Hong Kong Island I am steaming. How could I be so stupid? I find out that both the Peng Chau and the Mui Wo ferry leave from Pier No. 6, but Peng Chau leaves from the left and Mui Wo from the right. A rookie mistake. I slowly calm down as I reach Central Ferry Pier No.6 and decide to start my journey all over again, this time from the right side of the pier. Luckily for me, the next ferry to Mui Wo leaves soon and an hour later I am on the correct island, Lantau Island. I am two hours later than expected. I really could have used those two hours of sleep.
After a short bus trip from Mui Wo Ferry Pier to Pui O, I am ready to start a day hiking. From South Lantau Road a concrete path near the bus stop heads south-east through fields towards the hamlet of Ham Tin. In the distance, I can see my destination.