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How to hike to the Lin Ma Hang caves

If you’re adventurous and not phased by a challenge, then hiking to the caves of Lin Ma Hang could be for you!

The village of Lin Ma Hang was previously off limits as it lies on the border, and although the area has opened up now, the road entering the village still requires visitors to show entry permits, which is why we advise hikers to come via Robin's Nest. However, the caves can be reached via the village and Shek Kiu Tau as well.


The caves were previously mines for copper, lead, and silver, but were abandoned in 1962.

In 1994 it was declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as it became an important bat colony. AFCD has since launched a protection ordinance for these bats, and anyone caught hunting or disturbing these bat colonies will face a fine of $100,000 and a one-year imprisonment sentence. So explore responsibly!

Distance: 11 kilometres approx.

Difficulty: Intermediate to advanced Total ascent: 490 metres Total time: 4 hours approx.