The Year of the Pig LbNA # 43149
|Owner||The Wandering B's|
|Placed Date||Mar 25 2008|
|Location||Hong Kong, INT|
There are twelve animal signs in the Eastern zodiac, and the Year of the Pig is the last of those twelve. Those born in the Year of the Pig are usually honest, straightforward and patient people. They are modest, shy characters who prefer to work quietly behind the scenes. When others despair, they are often there to offer support. It is easy to put trust in the pig type; they won't let you down and will never even attempt to do so. Such people simply want to do everything right according to social norms. They love nature and are never happier than when they are out somewhere, far from the city.
Our little piggie took this to heart and traveled far from the city to Section 4 of the Lantau Trail, close to the Big Buddha statue.
To get there, you have a few options.
Take the MTR Tung Chung Line to Tung Chung Station (Hong Kong Station to Tung Chung Station requires approximately 35 minutes).
From there you can either take the scenic Ngong Ping Cable Car to Ngong Ping Village, explore the village a little and take the short walk to the Big Buddha (can’t miss it!); or from the Tung Chung Station, you can take the New Lantau Bus number 23 to Ngong Ping (approximately 50 minutes). Usually that’s a real thrill ride!
If you want to take the ferry across, from Central Pier No. 6 (near Central's Star Ferry Pier or MTR's Hong Kong Station), catch a ferry to Lantau Island's Mui Wo (Fast Ferry takes 40 minutes, Normal Ferry takes 60 minutes). At Mui Wo, take New Lantau Bus No. 2 to Ngong Ping (approximately 50 minutes).
Once our little piggie arrived at the top of the plateau, he ran along the path to the Tea Garden Restaurant and the Wisdom Trail. Where the trailheads converge, he located the Lantau Trail marker 027 and followed this path (it is located on the right-hand side of the area, just past the Wisdom Path but not through the archway). Our little piggie scampered down this path until he came to a small shady area which had a spillway on the left and the path curved to the right. In the middle of this shady area, he found a lone tree close to the path and continued on approximately 25 steps further down the trail. On the right side of the trail, he found three small boulders. He ducked behind the middle one and covered himself with additional rocks in order not to be found by the travelers.
If you find you are no longer walking on a large stone paved path, our piggie has eluded you!
You get a very nice view of the Wisdom Path from here and can head back the way you came. For a very pleasant hike, continue on this trail to this section’s end, approximately 4 km away. The trail is considered a fairly challenging walk and is for the most part downhill. Once you reach the road, there is a bus stop within sight up the hill. From here you can take the number 11 bus to the bus terminus in Tung Chung, or the number 2 bus to Mui Wo.