A trip to Lai Chi Wo on foot offers visitors an experience totally different from travelling by ferry. Setting off from Wu Kau Tang or Fung Hang, hikers can explore hidden gems, such as Kop Tong, throughout the approximate two-hour journey. One of the seven villages forming Hing Chun Alliance, Kop Tong is an excellent place for a short break, with freshly baked bread and homegrown seasonal fruits from Fat Kee Store and artistic murals to refresh exhausted visitors. What’s more, travellers in February / March will be in time to see plum blossoms in full bloom.
Photo: Only 5-min walk between Mui Tsz Lam (right) and Kop Tong (top)
Indigenous inhabitant and store owner Fat Gor, who returned from the Netherlands for good more than a decade ago, recounted how he and his wife revitalised the once abandoned village that had no water and electricity supply. Securing a stable source of water was the most pressing task at the start, and the uncovering of an ancestral reservoir, which was in use in his grandfather’s generation, among rubble and trees was a great step forward.
Photo: Large scale mural in Kop Tong
Thoroughly cleaned, the facility has since been supplying fresh water to the village. Three to four years ago, with the resumption of electricity, Fat Gor decided to open Fat Kee Store and try his best as a host to make his guests feel at home.
While the rural settlement is considered by hikers en route to Lai Chi Wo as a must-go for a little rest, for natives it is a home they created with heart.