Mui Wo: The Ultimate Guide (2022)

Mui Wo: The Ultimate Guide (1)

Discover all the best restaurants, landmarks and things to do in Mui Wo

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Graham Turner

There’s nothing better than a cheeky trip to South Lantau. The place fits nicely somewhere between unspoiled beauty and slight urbanisation – it has a McDonald’s, which is generally one signifer ofa thriving civilisation. But we’re more interested in discussing the merits of Mui Wo thandepressing fast-food.One of South Lantau’s busiest neighbourhoods, the town isa fascinating tapestry of the ruralandthe oppidan. If you’ve got a day to explore and an empty stomach, there’s a huge amount on offer.

And if Lantau seems just too far to go – shame on you – check out our guides to the likes of Kwun Tongand North Point.

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The best things to do in Mui Wo

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Have a picnic and a dip at the waterfalls

Although hardly ahidden gem or anysort of best-kept-secret, the Silvermine Waterfalls never seem to be particularlypacked, even at the weekends. The spot is easily one of Hong Kong’s most easily accessible waterfalls – a gentle stroll, really, unlike certain other scenic spots in our SAR. There’s even a lovely little seatingarea replete with tables and chairs (they’ve thought of everything) which makes for an ideal picnic spot.

Visit the bat cave

This dovetails nicely with the waterfalls as they’re right next to each other. Sure, it’s not exactly Bruce Wayne’sbat cave and certain sections are closed off because it’s too dangerous, but it is home to a very rare species of bat. And hundreds of them at that...

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Go for a hike

Mui Wo’s an excellent starting point for the litany of trails that dot South Lantau, which runthe whole gamut from easy to fuck this. For the former, try Stage 12 of the Lantau Trail to Pui O, a roughly 2.5-hour affair that’s fairly flat and straightforward. For something more challenging, opt for stages 1-3 of the Lantau Trail.A13.5km affair likely to takearound four hours,the hike concludes at the Big Buddha.

Check out the water buffalo

Worst suggestion ever? Bear with us. One thing you’ll notice as you wander the sun-soaked streets of Mui Wo is the hilarious free reign given tothe town’s cows and water buffalo. They have no time for paddocks, fields and other pathetic bovine trappings. These local legends own Mui Wo and they wander the streets in a fashion reminiscent of the Queen in one of her many Rolls-Royce. It’s striking and instantly makes you feel like you’re a million miles away from the hyper-metropolitan ways of Central or TST. A word of warning however, Mui Wo ain’t no giant petting zoo – if you go quietly about your business, so will they.

Visit Man Mo temple

Said to be around 400 years old, this is by far the oldest temple in Mui Wo. Situated in Pak Ngan Heung – itself a lovely little village to wander around – legend has it that whensilver was discovered in the surroundingmountains, the villagers fought over the land. To settle the dispute fairly, this temple was built to invite the gods to witness settlement of the arguments. After visiting, you’ll be gasping for Man Mo(re).

Go get pampered

Sommer Life Beach Retreatis the perfect place to rejuvenate, although it costs money unlike the other free suggestions on this list. Located in a secluded area just off Silvermine Beach, relax, meditate and have a life coaching session with owner Nathalie Sommer thatleaves you feeling refreshed and inspired. From $1,190 a night. Silvermine Beach, Mui Wo, Lantau, 5501 8633;nathaliesommer.com.

Head to the beach

Currently, the public facilities such as the toilets and changing areas at Silvermine Bay Beach are closed for renovations. Thus, arguably, there’s never been a better time to visit. You might think we’re being sillybut this development (or lack of) has scared awaythe massesthat used to frequent the beach meaning this is now one of the quieter and, by proxy, cleaner beaches on South Lantau. The nearby restaurants arevery understanding if you need the toilet, so, really, there’slittle to worry about.

The best bars, restaurants and cafes in Mui Wo

China Bear
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  • Café bars
  • Mui Wo

This decidedly British pub (despite the name) is a Mui Wo mainstay having been around for almost 20 years. It’s one of the first things you see as the ferrypulls up to the pier – a shining beacon of alcohol, greeting you afteryour perilious sea voyage. The grub is a wide-ranging affair of classics enjoyed by Western folk – pizzas, pastas, curries, nachos,etc. They have an excellent pub quiz on the last Thursday of the month. Best of all, if you’re peckish as you jump on the boat in Central, give the placea call and order a pizza – they’ll have it ready and waiting for you when you step off the boat!

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Café Isara
  • Bars and pubs
  • Mui Wo

Abeautiful equilibrium exists between Mui Wo’s two pubs. You’d think that being so close to each other, just 150m apart, that there’d be some rivalry or animosity. But nay, they’re very different beasts offering two very different experiences. China Bear is very much the old-school pub whereas Cafe Isara is something of mish-mash. The later looks more sleek and modern andoffers typical sports pub goodies likea pool table, darts and, of course, plenty of sporton the telly. The menu offers up some of the best Thai not just in Mui Wo, but in the city – many of the staff and management hail from Thailand, so you’re getting some authentic grub. There’re also some cracking live music nights assome of Hong Kong’s best local bands often makethe trip to Lantau. Finally, one of the staff does a mean manicure. Bit of everything – the pub.

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The Kitchen
  • Restaurants
  • Mui Wo

This cosy little corner restaurant goes the extra mile with its Italian fare – the pasta being made freshly on-site daily kicking above the usual dross. The pizzas are also a winner if you’re keen on super thin, crispy ones.

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Wah Kee
  • Restaurants
  • Mui Wo

Mui Wo has its very own smallcooked food market, which manages to jam so many restaurants into sucha small space to the point where they all kind of crossover and it gets a bit confusing. They’re all pretty servicable but Wah Kee stands out as our personal favourite with its amazing seafood and a robust menu of Cantonese favourites. Not to mention, there’s nothing better than sitting having your lunch or dinner while looking out over the water.

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Tai Chai Kee Seafood Restaurant
  • Restaurants
  • Mui Wo

Some of the freshest seafood on Lantau is the order of the day at Tai Chai Kee. The mussels are heaven-sent – definitely get them. If seafood’s not your thing then not to worry, there’s a hefty menu of Cantonese goodies on offer, all at pretty reasonables price.

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  • Restaurants
  • Mui Wo

You wouldn’t think that a small, sleepy neighbourhood like Mui Wo would be the place to go for authentic Turkish fare but that’s exactly what you get at Bahce, a local favourite for years now. Simple, unfussy, generous on the portion sizes and bursting with flavour – this personable little eatery is worth the ferry ridealone.

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  • Mui Wo

Continuing the neighbourhood’s surprising trend of eclectic food options comes Nepalese bar/resto Deer Horn. Nepalese native owner/chef Pushpa is an absolute legend who will happily gab away about the lovingly crafted dishes on the authentic menu, helping you decide what to orderif you’re not overly familiar with the amazing cuisine of Nepal. If he’s busy or you just hate socialising, simply orderthe moo moos. They’re quality.

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China Beach Club
  • Restaurants
  • Mui Wo

This Western diner serves great seasonal meals such as roast turkey with all the trimmings during the holiday season. Book early for the special Christmas Day lunch, which tends to fill up months in advance. It has unparalleled views of Mui Wo beach, too.

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This underappreciated neighbourhoodis home to brilliantMichelin-recommended eateries, historic and culturally important landmarks and unique art galleries.This is the best of North Point.

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      From the impressive Ngong Ping Cable Car and the imposing Big Buddha, to the quaint fishing village of Tai O and the vast stretches of beach at Cheung Sha ( plus a myriad of walking trails in between ), the island has something for everyone.. For a special family occasion it is well worth booking a private cabin ( $3,800 Standard/$4,500 Crystal, round trip ) as it allows you to skip the queues and enables free entry to some of the nearby attractions.. Tai O Fishing Village Old and new collide at this tiny fishing village, particularly at weekends when it is bustling with tourists.. Stilt houses sit atop the water while little fishing boats nip back and forth.. Cheung Sha Around 3km long, this is one of the longest in Hong Kong.. Most make a beeline for Lower Cheung Sha which has a collection of restaurants and surf shops.. You can walk to the start after taking the cable car or bus to Ngong Ping Village from Tung Chung.. The Ngong Ping hike is an easy 45 minute walk that beings near Wisdom Path, close to the cable car.. Camping Pitch up your tents at Tai Long Wan campsite in Lantau South Country Park, which has toilets and barbecue facilities.. Take the bus from Tung Chung or Mui Wo and get off at Shek Pik Reservoir, you will then need to walk for half an hour – follow Lantau Trail stage 8 towards Tai O.. Treasure Island , based near Pui O beach, runs surf camps ( even for kids! ). Retreats For a real break from the city, Sommer Life Retreat is at the far end of Mui Wo’s Silvermine Beach.

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