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South Lantau Rd information
Along South Lantau Rd is a succession of beaches that attract surfers, beachgoers and retirees alike. Just 5km southwest of Mui Wo, Pui O has a decent beach, but as it’s the closest one to Mui Wo it can get very crowded. The village has several restaurants, holiday flats galore and, in season, stalls renting bicycles.
Hong Kong’s longest beach, Cheung Sha (Long Sand), stretching over 3km on the southern coast of Lantau, is divided into ‘upper’ and ‘lower’ sections; a trail over a hillock links the two. Upper Cheung Sha , with occasional good surf, is the prettier and longer stretch and boasts a modern complex with changing rooms, toilets, showers and a snack bar. Lower Cheung Sha village has a beachfront restaurant and a water-sports centre. Some claim that the Venturi effect on the wind from Tung Chung makes this the best windsurfing beach in Hong Kong, especially from November to March.
The beach at Tong Fuk , the next village over from Cheung Sha, is not as nice, but the village has holiday flats, several shops and restaurants. To the northwest is the not-so-scenic sprawl of Ma Po Ping Prison .
West of Tong Fuk, South Lantau Rd begins to climb the hills inland before crossing an enormous dam holding back the Shek Pik Reservoir , completed in 1963, which provides Lantau, Cheung Chau and parts of Hong Kong Island with drinking water. Just below the dam is the granddaddy of Lantau’s trio of jails, Shek Pik Prison (石壁監獄). Below the dam to the south but before the prison is a Bronze Age rock carving (銅器時代石刻), which is unusual in that it is so far from the coastline.
The trail along the water-catchment area east of Shek Pik Reservoir, with picnic tables and barbecue pits, offers some of the easiest and most peaceful walking on Lantau. From here you can also pick up the switchback trail to Dog’s Tooth Peak (539m), from where another trail heads north to Lantau Peak.