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Sunset Peak Cabins Lantau 大東山爛頭營(陳奕迅山)
Hong Kong

大東山,原名大楝山,是香港第三高的山峰,位於大嶼山鳳凰山以東,二東山以西,與鳳凰山相隔著伯公坳。大東山海拔869米,僅次於大帽山及鳳凰山。大東山附近範圍被劃入南大嶼郊野公園和北大嶼郊野公園之內。一年前,曾於《大東山爛頭營 - 香港第三高峰》介紹過大東山爛頭營這個地方。雖然她是香港的第三高峰,可是當時認識她的人寥寥可數,可以說 2010 初,她還是寂寂無名。直到陳奕迅的EP《Taste the Atmosphere》的出現,大東山尤如遇山伯樂,藉著 Eason Chan 的名氣, 聲名大噪。EP 封面背景中以麻石建造的石屋,就是位於大東山和二東山之間的草坪,離海拔700多米,也是大嶼山鳳凰徑的第二段,人稱為爛頭營的地方。據說為了拍攝日出時份那種金黃朦朧的氣氛,由攝影大師夏永康為首的攝製隊三更時份已經上山。由山腳到爛頭營太約需時兩小時,初段非常傾斜,在沒有重型裝備下,通過那段路已教大家氣來氣喘,實在很佩服負重上山的工作人員;也很驚訝陳奕迅願意走兩小時的山路,因為所花的力氣可真不少。現在的爛頭營已經熱鬧多了,「陳奕迅的EP 上的地方是哪兒?」「不就是大東山的爛頭營嗎?」一傳十,十傳百,很快已經街知巷聞,迅速成為攝影聖地,甚至有人用「陳奕迅山」來形容大東山。更甚者,有人只懂以「陳奕迅山」來道出那兒。難道「大東山爛頭營」已更命為「陳奕迅山」?大東山的英文名字為「 Sunset Peak 」。如果相信人如其命的話,她的日落必定和她的日出同樣美麗。上回沒機會看到她的日落,今回上山的時分正直黃昏。果然,大東山的日落每處都是驚喜,特別是逆光下的蘆葦群,簡直漂亮得令人寸步難行,因為那一刻大家都只願意駐足觀賞。http://www.imagejoy.com/article.php?id=217

Many a hiker has asked what the cabins – there are about 20 – are doing sitting along this trail. Lantau is a half-hour ferry ride away from the city centre, and the cabins perch near the 869m-high Sunset Peak. It takes about two hours to walk here from the ferry pier, which means the cabins provide a quick break for locals and an offbeat side trip for travellers. But tourist books are silent on them and hiking guides have only brief mentions. After some digging I find you can book one of a pair of cabins maintained by the Sunset Peak Volunteer Unit, which charges the equivalent of £16 per night per cabin to cover repairs.The cabins were built in the 1920s by Christian missionaries from the US and Europe. Hans Lutz, a retired Swiss missionary, arrived in 1968. He later tells me that the cabins were intended as an escape from the heat of the city's summers. Some people might not know the cabins' history, he says. They are privately owned. Visitors need to be invited.http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/asia/trail-of-the-unexpected-hong-kongs-rural-refuges-7582723.html

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