Ap Lei Chau

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Ap Lei Chau
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Hong Kong, China8,003 contributions
Small island off Hong Kong
May 2021
Ap Lei Chau is a small island right opposite Aberdeen. The old main street and waterfront offers a laid-back atmosphere rare in Hong Kong. Dotted with historic temples and old-fashioned stores, it is an interesting place for a pleasant afternoon. Many come for fresh seafood.
Written May 15, 2021
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Hong Kong, China3,896 contributions
Just across from Aberdeeen...
Apr 2020 • Friends
...lies Ap Lei Chau, but its calm waterfront, replete with parks and pedestrianised walkways, feels a world away from Hong Kong Island. Much quieter, much more relaxed. Great view of all the many different interesting boats in Aberdeen Harbour, as well as the south of the island.
Written June 4, 2020
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia18,214 contributions
Ap Lei Chau, Ap Lei Chau Island, Hong Kong, China.
Jul 2019
If you are looking for something quite out-of-the-ordinary to do while you are in Hong Kong, hop on a Number 70 bus at Exchange Square in Hong Kong, or hop on the South Island MTR line at Hong Kong Admiralty, and pay a visit to Ap Lei Chau.

Riding the MTR is far the easier of the two methods. I have a friend who lives here, so I am an old-hand at coming out. I love riding the Sampans over to the Island. If you do ride the MTR out you can ride the Sampans just for something-to-do. When I come on the Number 70 bus, I then come over to the island on a Sampan.

It is a fun place with lots to see and do. My wife and I love to walk along the water front.

My friend has told us that the population density on Ap Lei Chau Island is the most dense in the world.
Written August 12, 2019
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Linda K
Port Saint Lucie, FL2,353 contributions
Fishing village
Jun 2019 • Couples
For a different Hong Kong experience, hop aboard the South Island subway to the Lei Tung stop and stroll along the promenade, stopping to peruse the Hung Shing Temple built in 1773. Then take a brief sampan cruise (HK$2.50 each way) across to Aberdeen and back before perusing the wet market at the Ap Lei Chau Market Cooked Food Centre. If adventurous, purchase the incredibly fresh fish and take it upstairs to be cooked to order.
Written June 9, 2019
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Surapol S
Bangkok, Thailand43 contributions
Good seafood in Ap Lei Chau
Apr 2018 • Friends
You can select and buy varieties of sea food such as fishes, crab, shell & others there with the reasonable price from the seafood market there and bring to the second floor to hire the restaurant for cooking for you, they will charge you the Kanpur and ingredients cost with very cheap price and delicious, this place my Hong Kong friend bring me today, recommend.
Written April 28, 2018
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Chicago, IL362 contributions
Ap Lei Pai - Coasteering and Hiking Adventure
Mar 2018 • Couples
If you are looking for a half-day adventure on Hong Kong island, consider a trip to Ap Lei Pai. This small island is connected to Ap Lei Chau by a sand bar. It can be reached by hiking up and over the hill called Yuk Kwai Shan or by climbing along the coastline using a series of rickety ladders, ropes, and makeshift bridges. The latter route is far more fun and full of adventure, but even the hike up Yuk Kwai Shan offers a bit of a challenge, requiring ropes to assist in the steep ascent and descent.

This hiking area is easy to reach by MTR. Just take the South Island Line to Lei Tung, Exit B. From here, you have two options. If you want to go up and over Yuk Kwai Shan, you will need to walk to the end of the bus station on its southern end. The start of the trail is very difficult to find. You have to enter the forest between some small yellow huts and head up hill. It will look like you're trespassing in a slope management area, but this is the start of the trail. Your goal is to ascend concrete stairs until they lead you up to the east of the Ap Lei Chau Service Reservoir Playground. You will walk around the Playground's fence as you continue uphill and eventually you will see the trail up the hill straight ahead. From here, just follow the path up the hill and then down again to reach Ap Lei Pai.

The other option is to walk along the Ap Lei Chau streets until you reach Lee Nam Road. If you wander to the southwest of the bus station and keep heading in this direction, you will eventually find Lee Nam Road. Hike to the southern end of Lee Nam Road and you will find a large concrete wall. Climb over the wall (there's an opening to the left) and you will find yourself at the coast. You can then walk along the coast all the way to Ap Lei Pai.

If you take the coastal route, you will find several spots where you will have to climb up and over the rocks. In several places, ropes, ladders, metal poles, and wooden bridges have been affixed to the rock to assist you in your climb. All of these appear very rickety, and they are, but all of them held for us during our travel. If you attempt this route, you should check all ropes thoroughly before trusting them to hold your weight. After following the coast for about 45 minutes, you will arrive at the sandbar leading onto Ap Lei Pei.

Once you've reached the sandbar, you can continue to follow the coast to the lighthouse at the end of the island, or you can hike up and over the smaller hill on Ap Lei Pai.

For my visit, we took the coastal route all the way from Lee Nam Road to the lighthouse at the end of Ap Lei Pai. We had wanted to take the coast all the way around Ap Lei Pai, but we came across an area on the east of the island that we could not traverse without swimming. We decided instead to double back and take the hiking trail up and over Ap Lei Pai back to the sandbar. From there, we hiked up and over Yuk Kwai Shan and back to the train station. If you are a first time visitor, I would recommend this same direction for your hike, as it truly is difficult to find the start of the trail by the train station. By hiking the coast first, you won't have to worry about finding the entrance, as the trail will drop you off here at the end after you descend from Yuk Kwai Shan. All told, it took us about 5 hours to complete this route, including lots of stops for pictures and snacks.

This adventure is not without its issues. The water in this area is not the cleanest you will ever encounter. There was some plastic waste along the coastline. The coastal trek requires some athletic ability when climbing up and down the ropes. The hike up and over Yuk Kwai Shan is very steep and exposed. There is no shade at all to protect you from the sun. Despite these issues, the views from Ap Lei Pai and Yuk Kwai Shan make the trip worthwhile. From Yuk Kwai Shan, you can see across to Lamma Island and Ocean Park.

If you go, pick a calm day. As most of the coastal route brings you near the water, you wouldn't want to put yourself at risk of an angry ocean. Pack snacks, water, and plenty of sunscreen. I would also recommend that you bring some light gloves. When you get to the steeper parts and have to hold onto the ropes, gloves would make the entire experience easier on your hands.
Written April 14, 2018
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Christy C
66 contributions
Plenty of local seafood at local prices
Jun 2017 • Family
This place is not crammed full of tourists yet and has a local feel. You can find a great variety fresh seafood at the market and have it cooked for you by shops on the second floor. Prices here are extremely affordable compared to what you can find in most of Hong Kong. Don't expect sterile and fancy. The commute by MTR is quite easy, right out of the exit you take a right and walk down 1-2 blocks and you will find the market. This is a good add on half day tour for many people. The pace is slower and you have a traditional local fishing village feel here.
Written April 8, 2018
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AxeManga46 contributions
Side trip near Ocean Park / Jumbo
Feb 2018 • Solo
A taste of local town amidst an old fishing village, the main street looks a bit run down. but you can do a leisurely walk to the Ap Lei Chau promenade for view of marina and look across Aberdeen/ Jumbo.

on the main street there's a small but good dim sum place , as well as what I think is authentic Vietnamese restaurant on #46 called 越大哥越式小廚 (Phong Cách Việt Vietnamese House)

Getting there by MTR is easy: 15min by train from Admiralty, or just 2 stops from Ocean Park. Lei Tung station Exit A
Written February 18, 2018
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Jessica L
Sacramento, CA102 contributions
A good half day tour
Dec 2017 • Friends
A nice back yard of Hong Kong. Easy to access by subway, the last stop of South Island line. A small island facing Aberdeen.

The food center near the market offers good local seafood, reasonable price, talking to the fishermen at the ferry, we got some good deal as they may still save some for their family but willing to share with tourists
Written December 15, 2017
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Kamini K
Hong Kong, China231 contributions
A traditional fishing village
Jul 2017 • Solo
There are still many fishing boats and family here. The main industry in here us fishing. And here are still many industry related to fishing.
Written September 11, 2017
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