Phoenix 50 Course Details
Inspired by the Chinese name for Lantau Peak, (literally "Phoenix Mountain (Fung Wong Shan) 鳳凰山”), the Phoenix 50 was introduced in 2018 as a one-off, to help celebrate our 10th year anniversary... and now, after seeing the amazing compeitition within the 50km, we've decided to keep it! Be aware, the cut-off time is more aggressive than the 30km or 40km races... Do you have it in you?
1) Mui Wo ~ Chi Ma Wan Road (via coastline)
Taking you along the coastal route, the path creeps through abandoned fruit gardens (jack fruit, lychee, wampee and peach), across streams and small beaches to the Chi Ma Wan Road.
From the ferry pier, you head left past the 'China Bear' pub and follow the road for 200m to the Lantau trail trailhead on your right. Follow this for roughly 1km to the top of the headland, bear left downhill and follow the coastal path all the way to the Chi Ma Wan Rd.
For Moonlit 26 - turn right and follow the road for 800m where the next section begins on your right just past the top of a steep hill.
For Sunrise 40 - turn left to the prison - see below.
2) Chi Ma Wan Correctional Institute ~ Chi Ma Wan Road (via Chi Ma Wan peninsular)
Elevation: Low to medium
- THIS SECTION IS FOR SUNRISE 40/Phoeix 50 ONLY -
This coastal circular route adds nearly 15km to the race, and has no exit points—so you will need to come prepared. Starting at the ex-woman’s prison at Chi Ma Wan, the path follows one of Hong Kong’s best mountain biking trails. Facing out to the South China Sea, the passing Macau ferries and the blinking lights of Cheung Chau Island will keep you company through this long, lonely stretch...
After the coastal path from Mui Wo, you will hit the Chi Ma Wan Rd, turn left and head towards the Chi Ma Wan correctional facilities. Going past the first prison you drop down to sea level and follow the road for 300m to a junction with a country park sign and a dirt road with 'Landrover tracks' leading to the reservoir. At the reservoir, cross the dam, head up the steps and turn right up the dirt road. At the top (approxamately 500m), you will be at a junction, you walk straight across the concrete path to take the Lung Mei Loop. This is approxamately 4km and will come out at the Dragons Tail. Here you rejoin the Sunrise 40 route and continue around the Chi Ma Wan peninsular trail and follow the natural contour for 9km. There are a couple of small paths off to the left (down to the coast) - do not take any of them. This section takes you back to the Chi Ma Wan Rd.
3) Chi Ma Wan Rd ~ Nam Shan Country Park Centre (via Lantau Trail stage 12)
Elevation: Medium to high
The first proper hill of the hike takes you up above Pui O village with panoramic views of Pui O beach on the west and Mui Wo town to the east. On a clear night you can see the silhouette of Sunset Peak to the north.
From the Chi Ma Wan Rd opposite the country park entrance (just above Shap Long), you pick up the Lantau Trail up over the small mountain towards Mui Wo. After about 2km, you will come to a fork, head left down to Nam Shan (Mui Wo is straight ahead) and after 10 minutes you will hit the South Lantau Rd (Nam Shan). Here you turn left, down the hill (towards Pui O) for 100m where you will see the start of a single track road on the right. Follow this to the trail head of South Lantau Trail.
4) Nam Shan Country Park Centre ~ Pak Kung Au (via South Lantau Country Trail)
Fortuitously skirting along the side of Sunset Peak, this long but gentle incline passes a number of refreshing waterfalls and streams. A clear night will provide panoramic views cutting straight through Hong Kong harbour, with the lights of IFC to the right and the now completed International Commerce Centre to the left.
The South Lantau Trail starts about 200m up the single track road (the single track comes off the South Lantau road just past the crest of the first main hill if coming from Mui Wo by bus). Follow the signs for Pak Kung Au (heading West). If you find yourself going up to many steep steps, you are probably heading up Sunset Peak- you need to come back down. Follow this path all the way to Pak Kung Au (Tung Chung Rd).
5) Pak Kung Au (Tung Chung Road) ~ Ngong Ping Campsite (via Tei Tong Tsai)
This check point may offer temptation to exit to those flagging—this is where the serious uphill begins. It does, however, offer the best views and where you want to be before the sun begins to emerge. Snaking around the Northern slope of Lantau Peak you will see the impeccable vegetable gardens tended to by the monks of Po Lam Zen Monastery. For centuries, this ancient trail formed the only link between Tung Chung old village and Ngong Ping.
From the top of the Tung Chung Road, head down hill (airport direction) on the old abandoned Tung Chung Rd on your left for 500m. You will see the start of the 'nature trail' that leads up to Ngong Ping through Tei Tong Tsai. Follow signs for Ngong Ping. Once you reach Ngong Ping campsite you bear left along the Lantau trail to the base of Lantau Peak.
6) Ngong Ping Campsite (via Nei Lek Shan) ~ Ngong Ping Fun Walk (Tea Garden)
Opposite the Ngong Ping Campsite, the 50km route splits off to the right to do a anti-clockwise loop of Nei Lek Shan. Here you will see stunning views over the airport and the new cross delta bridge.
Once you have ascended from Tei Tong Tsai, through the gate (opposite the campsite) you turn right and follow the path around the loop. You will eventually come out behind the Ngong Ping main bus terminas. Exiting the terminas, you turn right (on Ngong Ping Road) for approxamatley 50m, then turn left down the small access road opposite the sewerage treatment works (sign posted for the YHA (Youth Hostel).
7) Ngong Ping Fun Walk (Tea Garden) - Pak Kung Au (via Lantau Peak)
The final push of nearly 500m is the steepest and hardest: but challengers will be well-rewarded at the apex. The ascent from Ngong Ping (near the big Buddha) to the Summit of Lantau Peak (by 6.21am to beat official sunrise) will take some effort. After a quick photo opportunity you can head all the way back down to Pak Kung Au.
From the base it is straight up, and straight down.
8) Pak Kung Au to Cheung Sha Beach (new finish in 2018) (via Tung Chung Rd / Cheung Sha Beach)
Elevation: Steep descent
A new finish (from 2018) requires a quad ripping 3km straight down after Lantau Peak. The good news is that the last 500m beach cross is going to be a magical way to finish the event.
After descending Lantau Peak, you will hit the Tung Chung Road (Pak Kung Au) at the base. From here you head South (opposite direction of Tung Chung) and immediately take the old Tung Chung Road on the right - the one with a barrier across the entrace. Once on the old Tung Chung Road, you follow this all the way down to sea-level (about 2km). At the bottom, you hit the South Lantau Road, turn right, another 200m, you will see a car bay, carefully cross the road, and take the steps down to the beach. Once on the Beach, its 500m of sand heading left. The new finish venue is in Welcome Beach.