The initial plan was to hike to the Lantau Peak. But on the first day of the Chinese New Year, the Bus queue was long. Really long. And there were (almost) no taxis available. So I decided to walk from Tung Chung directly to the Sunset Peak, Hong Kong’s third-highest mountain. It was a great idea! I was just not really prepared for all these stairs at the Wong Lung Hang Trail.
As you can see in the video, I did start my hike at Tung Chung. Worth mentioning that most people may hike a different way. They start their adventure at Pak Kung Au, a mountain pass along the Lantau Trail. From there, you can reach Sunset Peak, as well as Lantau Peak.
To get to Pak Kung Au take the bus 3M, 11, 21 or 23 from the Tung Chung railway station.
How to walk from Tung Chung to the Sunset Peak (via Wong Lung Hang)
I took the MTR to the Tung Chung station and started to walk from there. From the Tung Chung Railway Station, you can walk to the beginning of the stairs, as I did. Or you may also take a local minibus. The walk along the street is around 2.5 km.
The stairway to the peak at the Wong Lung Hang Picnic Site You quickly can find this place on Google Maps. When you arrive at the picnic site, you will find the entrance to the hike on the right side shortly after. Just go ahead on the street for around 100-200 more meters.
Now simply follow the signs “Sunset Peak”. Here starts the part that makes this trail challenging. The total incline in my case was more than 900 meters. The stairs at the beginning cover more than 400 meters of this incline in a row. Yes, that’s pretty brutal. Similar to Violet Hill and the Twins.
Duration, Difficulty & Distance
My adventure started in Tung Chung. That’s why I was walking down to Pak Kung Au and took a bus back to Tung Chung. The total hike was 9.8 km. It took me almost 4 hours. But, I was filming, resting and I was even eating some snacks on the peak. You may be faster.
If you start at Pak Kung Au, you may walk down to Pui O or even to Mui Wo. Or you walk the stairs down to Tung Chung as you wish.
Overall, I would classify the trek with an 8/10 — a challenging hike, but not steep, and the trail is safe. Everything that makes this hike challenging is the incline of around 900 meters. And the stairs at the beginning of the Wong Lung Hang Trail.