The Lantau Trail (Chinese: 鳳凰徑), opened on 4 December, 1984, is a long-distance footpath on Lantau Island in the New Territories of Hong Kong. The 70 km trail is circular, starting and finishing in Mui Wo. The Lantau Trail has good visitor facilities along the way, and the route is well marked. There are information boards and maps at junctions between each stage. Distance Posts 500 metres apart help hikers know exactly where they are. At each turning, route signs give clear instructions about directions, place names, and the distances and times for hiking between various places. 
The Lantau Trail is divided into 12 stages:
|Stage||Route||Length (km)||Time (hr)||Difficulty|
|1||Mui Wo → Nam Shan||2.5||0.75|
|2||Nam Shan → Pak Kung Au||6.5||2.75|
|3||Pak Kung Au → Ngong Ping||4.5||2.25|
|4||Ngong Ping → Sham Wat Road1||4.0||1.25|
|5||Sham Wat Road → Man Cheung Po||7.5||2.75|
|6||Man Cheung Po → Tai O||2.5||1.0|
|7||Tai O → Kau Ling Chung2||10.5||3.0|
|8||Kau Ling Chung → Shek Pik||5.5||1.5|
|9||Shek Pik → Shui Hau||6.5||2.0|
|10||Shui Hau → Tung Chung Road||6.5||2.0|
|11||Tung Chung Road → Pui O||4.5||1.25|
|12||Pui O → Mui Wo||9.0||3.0|
1 Path is rerouted.. As of December, 2013, Google Maps does not have the correct route in its database.
2 Path is partially closed. An alternative route has been suggested.
Trail closing at Yi O (Section 7)
Along the trail is posted the following message:
- Farmland rehabilitation within private lots in Yi O Kau Tsuen and Yi O San Tsuen is in progress. The land owners do not allow unauthorized access to those villages. The affected sections of Lantau Trail Section 7 passing through those villages will be diverted. Visitors who wish to go to Fan Lau or Kau Liu Chung are advised to choose alternative route as shown on the map below.
The closing applies approximately to the part of Section 7 between distance posts 062 and 065 only. As of December 2013, the intermediate distance posts in the closed section appear to have been removed. There is currently no sign indicating when (or if) the original part of Section 7 will be restored.
One can find the approximate original route by turning left at the end of the paved path, following the trail/dirt road, and then staying to the left of the organic produce farm. However use of this route, as a separate sign indicates, will be considered trespassing -- those who choose to find the original route should be mindful and causing disruptions. The suggested alternate route leaves the Lantau Trail right after distance post 059 (and immediately before Na Ying Kok campsite and rejoins the trail near distance post 073.
The Phoenix Walkathon is a fund raising event held by Hong Kong Ecotourism Society which aims at promoting the academic and educational messages of ecotourism. The Phoenix Walkathon is held along the 70-km Lantau Trail every year.
- Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department - Lantau Trail Country and Marine Parks Authority Agriculture
- (See photo on right)
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- Country and Marine Parks Authority: Lantau Trail
- Hong Kong Ecotourism Society
- Trail route with section markers
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