Get Out: Mui Wo to Discovery Bay
6km, 3hrs, easy
If you’re looking for a hike to tackle this week’s caloric intake, look elsewhere. We suggest starting the day with a feast in Bahce Turkish restaurant just a few steps from the Mui Wo ferry pier.
Once filled up and ready to go, walk all the way to the end of the beach. Pop in for a dip along the beach before taking on the steps up to the top of the hill. Follow the signs pointing to the Trappist monastery. It can be a slog on a hot day and there’s very little shade, so be prepared and bring plenty of water. The steps rise up in several stages and you’ll finally top out at a gazebo that straddles the trail.
From the top it’s all downhill passing the Trappist monastery, Our Lady of Joy Abbey (or, Haven Monastery). You may recognise the monastery as the same one seen on Trappist milk bottles and cartons, although the factory (and cows) have been moved off Lantau and away from the monks. It’s requested that you keep your voice low while passing the abbey or prepare for a biblically monastic smiting.
The trail veers left off the road beyond the Abbey and passes a few small villages before emerging at Nim Shue Wan ferry pier on the backside of Discovery Bay. Head out on the main road and take a left to head to the ferry pier and main plaza. You’ll know you’re heading in the right direction when golf carts and child-wielding housewives appear.
Several restaurants and bars are on hand in DB for refueling after an afternoon hoofing it over the hills and the ferry is just a short walk away to sail you back home.
Getting there: Take the ferry to Mui Wo from Central Pier No.6.