Double Haven

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Key information: Double Haven

  • A lovely circuit through the rugged north-east of Hong Kong's New Territories to the remote bay of Double Haven.
  • Wind through disused paddy fields beside a stream, passing crumbling traditional hamlets and farmsteads.
  • Enjoy the calm of Double Haven, sheltered deep behind its promontories and islands. Wander through a fine traditional village before hiking back across steep mountains clothed in forest and scrub, taking in some fine views.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating82
  • Beauty30
  • Natural interest14
  • Human interest8
  • Charisma30
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating82

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 3-4 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous


This walk starts at the typical New Territories village of Wu Kau Tang scruffy concrete 3 storey boxes crowded into an old site amid disused rice terraces.

The path soon disappears into a valley of old rice paddies beside a meandering stream under rough green hills, passing the crumbling remains of traditional farmsteads and hamlets. Enjoy a perfect picnic where the stream tumbles down a shelf of rock.

After traversing a rugged hillside, the path drops to a deep inlet of the beautiful Double Haven, a bay sheltered behind a series of promontories and islands. Behind the shoreline all is scruffy charm: overgrown fields, an ancestral village with a weedy square shaded by a huge Banyan tree, another with a laid-back eatery with a black-clad peasant granny perched in a corner.

And then a trek up across the steep ridge from Lai Chi Wo passing patches of abandoned hardscrabble farmland fighting a losing battle with exuberant sub-tropical growth back to the refreshment stalls at Wu Kau Tang. Alternatively, you can cut back earlier at Sam A Chung on a path that winds around the contours of the hillside back up the same valley.

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