18km Tung O Ancient Trail from San Tau to Tai O Fishing Village


Tung O Ancient Trail stretches along the coastline of northern Lantau, passing a few villages, i.e. San Tau, Sha Lo Wan, San Shek Wan, Sham Shek Tsuen and Sham Wat before reaching Tai O. The scenic hike which starts from Yat Tung Estate, Tung Chung includes beautiful temples, village houses and also magnificent bays and coastal views. This trail is parallel to the Chep Lap Kok International Airport and you can see planes taking off and landing from a distance.

You will walk past many village houses in San Tau
A modern Smurf village house can be seen.

Sha Lo Wan and the ”Clairvoyance” Sculpture

Sha Lo Wan was a very peaceful village hidden in Lantau before the Chep Lap Kok International Airport was built 200 metres away. The area has vehicular access to the area and thus their communication is on foot or by ferry. Because of their inconvenient access to urban areas, villages in the area have suffered from depopulation. Only older generations live in these villages. There are currently only around 50 residents in the Sha Lo Wan village due to the noise level caused by the airport.

At the end of 2018, the UK’s Eden Project and Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection decided to organise a Flight festival there to buttress the spirit of the villagers and to give Sha Lo Wan a new lease of life. Pete and Sue Hill, famous sculptor siblings from Cornwall collaborated with the local villagers to build a sculpture named ”Clairvoyance” using local tree trunks. The sculpture is erected to commemorate the conservation of the historical village and to protect its residence against undesirable harm.

”Clairvoyance” built by Pete and Sue Hill from Cornwall.

Duration : 5 hours

Distance : 18km

Difficulty : 6/10


Get Off at Tung Chung MTR Station (Exit A) and walk towards Yat Tung Estate. To return, take bus no.11 From Tai O bus Terminus back to Tung Chung MTR station. Use Google maps to guide you towards Yat Tung Estate once you have reached Tung Chung, you may have to walk around 15-20 minutes before you can reach the beginning of the trail.

Once you have reached Yat Tung Estate, take the path next to the canal near Fuk Yat House.

Take the path next to a canal near Fuk Yat House before the pedestrian overhead bridge.

Continue walking on the path before reaching a football field with a temple next to it. Follow the path towards Tai O and cross the bridge after the football field.

Follow the San Tau and Sha Lo Wan Sign.
Walk along the path next to the football field.
Temple next to the football field.
Cross this bridge after the football field.

You will first reach San Tau village, follow the sign towards Sha Lo Wan.

Once you reach Sha Lo Wan, you need to keep an eye on a small path on the right with a sign saying Pa Kong Ancient Temple with a Flight Festival banner below to reach the ”Clairvoyance” sculpture. You can also reach the sculpture by following Pa Kong Ancient Temple before reaching Sha Lo Wan.

Pa Kong Ancient Temple with a Flight Festival banner below

Return to the main path and continue your journey towards Tai O fishing village by following the signages. You will reach San Shek Wan after Sha Lo Wan. After passing Sham Shek Tsuen, continue along the trail to Sham Wat, where you may have try some local food at the roadside restaurants.

There are plenty of beaches on the right if you wish to take rests to enjoy the view of the recently completely Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge before you reach Tai O Fishing Village.

The scenic view of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge along the trail

The tarmac path will slowly turn into a sandy hiking trail as you approach Tai O.

The tarmac path turns into a sandy trail once you are near Tai O Fishing Village
Enjoy the mountain view as you approach Tai O.