Lonely Planet review
Mui Wo (Plum Nest) was Lantau’s largest settlement before Tung Chung was born. Today a third of Lantau’s population still lives in this sleepy town and its surrounding hamlets.
Silvermine Bay beach (銀礦灣), to the northwest of Mui Wo, is a decent beach with scenic views and opportunities for walking in the hills above. There’s a complex with toilets, showers and changing rooms open from April to October.
Hike out to Silvermine Waterfall (銀礦瀑布) near the old Silvermine Cave northwest of the town if time allows. The waterfall is quite a spectacle when it gushes during the rainy season; the cave was mined for silver in the 19th century but has now been sealed off.
En route to the waterfall you’ll pass the Man Mo temple (文武廟), originally built during the reign of Emperor Shen Zong (1573–1620) and renovated a couple of times in the last century.
The walk to the temple, cave and waterfall from Mui Wo is about 3km. Walk westward along Mui Wo Rural Committee Rd and then following the marked path north.
There are several old granite watchtowers in the area, including Luk Tei Tong Watchtower (鹿地塘更樓) on the Silver River and Butterfly Hill Watchtower (蝴蝶山更樓) further north. They were built in the late 19th century as safe houses and as coastal defences against pirates.
There are several decent places to stay and eat in Mui Wo. Bikes can be hired from Friendly Bicycle Shop near the Park ‘n’ Shop supermarket.