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  • Shasha A
    Hong Kong, China203 contributions
    We visited Lantau island in October.
    Our main destinations were,
    Tian Tan buddha
    Ngong Ping Village
    Wisdom path
    Tai O fishery village
    Fu Shan View Point
    Cheung sha beach

    We started our journey as early as possible. We arrived to Tung Chung around 10.30am. From MTR we walked pass through the bus terminal to the other side to take bus 23 to go to Ngong Ping Village. Wisdom path is also located in Ngong ping village. We covered all these areas within like 2hrs and took the bus No 21 to Tai O. Gets down at the last stop and keep walking through the village to and the trail path to Fu shan view point. It was a very sunny day there is no cover on top. We didnt spend much time there and we came to Cheung sha beach. You can take anybus that comes to Tung Chung from Tai O but you have to ask the bus driver to stop the bus to get off and the bech.
    Written November 8, 2021
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  • MissHK2009
    Hong Kong, China3,754 contributions
    There're some offshore islands good for day trip and I picked Lamma Island for my nephew last Sunday. We took ferry from Central pier and the ride was very cozy with excellent air con (very important these days) and less than 30 mins.

    Our route was from Yung Shue Wan (some western restaurants) to Sok Kwu Wan (some Chinese seafood restaurants) via the Hung Shing Yeh Beach.

    The path was flat with a bit uphill, we walked awhile, ate awhile (eg the famous Ah Po Tofu) and took a rest in the kiosks on the way. We had lunch in the Concerto Inn which is next to the Hung Shing Yeh beach.

    It's a sunny hot day. Felt so good to sweat 💦 We spent nearly 7 hours in the island. This place is less crowded than Cheung Chau, another popular island.
    Written July 26, 2021
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    For those who want to see a different side to Hong Kong, visiting one of the outlying islands is a great thing to do. Cheung Chau Island is one of the easiest and best to visit. It has all the old-world charm of a fishing village, with a colourful harbour, traditional temples, small roadside shrines and a string of local seafood restaurants along the waterfront.
    The highlights of our most recent trip were swimming, a coastal walk along part of the Looped Family Trail and lunch at Pirate Bay, where the French owner does a whole roast chicken.
    Rather than swim at the main Tung Wan Beach, we prefer to continue a little further around the headland instead to Kwan Yum Beach. It’s smaller but it’s also prettier, quieter and has the charming Hing See beach-shack bar.
    GETTING TO CHEUNG CHAU: Public ferries run all day, roughly every 30 min from #5 Central Pier. It is only a short walk from HK MTR station and the piers are numbered in order, from 1-10 so it is easy to find the #5. If you don’t already have an Octopus travel card then you can buy tickets at the gate. There are 2 choices of ferries – the big, slow ferry or the smaller, fast ferry. Both leave from #5. The slow ferry takes just under an hour and is $14 HKD one way. The fast ferry takes half that and is $25 HKD. If you tend to get queasy on boats, the fast ferry is a much smoother ride and is a/c throughout. The advantage of the slow ferry is that you can sit outside. If you have the time, the slow ferry is a very cruisy and scenic trip.
    Written August 7, 2021
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  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China8,608 contributions
    Po Lin Monastery is the most popular Buddhist temple in Hong Kong for sure. It certainly does not offer the serene, peaceful experience like any other religious institutions. The building itself is pretty grand, though. Unfortunately signboard or illustration is lacking. A good place to meander and spend a couple hours.
    Written August 25, 2021
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,726 contributions
    We recently spent a day on Peng Chau to enjoy some rural environs and a bit of hiking. This is a popular day trip destination for Hong Kongers looking to escape the chaos of the city in favour of the slower pace of life found on the outlying islands. You can reach Peng Chau from Central Pier 6 on Hong Kong Island and from Mui Wo ferry pier on Lantau Island.

    Peng Chau is around 1 sq. km and easy to hike the 7km Island trail that circles the island and crisscrosses various sections of both the north and south sections of Peng Chau. You'll see some interesting temples, evidence of the islands past thriving factories of the 20th-century, coastal areas, beaches, wetlands, interesting geological landmarks and an interesting local village in the centre of the island, near the main ferry pier.

    There are few eateries on Peng Chau as well as a Welcomme supermarket if you need a drink or snack during your visit. Note that ferries are pretty busy by late morning and returning to Central in mid-afternoon. Something to keep in mind if you prefer to travel during less busy and crowded times while we remain in the pandemic.
    Written October 30, 2020
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,726 contributions
    Aberdeen is a seaside community on the southwest side of Hong Kong Island that has an interesting history and is a fairly popular location for tourists visiting the city.

    Historically, this area of Hong Kong was long inhabited by the Tanka people, fisherfolks known for living in floating villages. The harbour also has a long standing fishing industry which can still be experienced along the Aberdeen Promenade and Wholesale Market. Along the promenade, you will find fresh and dried seafood dealers selling directly to the public. You can also browse around the wholesale market, which is very busy first thing in the morning.

    Other popular activities around the promenade include arranging sampan boats for joy rides around the busy Aberdeen Harbour or catching ferry rides to outlying islands of Lamma or Po Toi. For several decades, this has also been where tourists would catch short ride out to the historic Jumbo Kingdom floating restaurant.

    Unfortunately, the Jumbo Kingdom closed down in 2020 due to the pandemic. However, the local government has plans for a large scale tourism revitalisation and overhaul project for the entire area of Aberdeen. Part of this scheme will include passing over possession of the Jumbo Kingdom to Ocean Park who will manage the property as a heritage attraction in the future. No precise dates have been agreed for these initiatives. My best guess is that it will be at least several years before doors are reopened.

    There are a few other things to do around Aberdeen for those interested in spending a bit more time here. The historic Tin Hau Temple is worth a visit, you can across the harbour to spend time in neighbouring Ap Lei Chau or spend time in the family friendly hiking grounds around the Aberdeen Reservoirs and Country Park just northeast of the fishing village.
    Written March 1, 2021
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    Po Toi is a remote island, well and truly off the beaten track. It’s undeveloped and basic which is a large part of its beauty. We recently spent a day here and our 2 highlights were the Po Toi Walking Trail and lunch at the Ming Kee Seafood Restaurant.
    The walking trail allows you to do a 5 km loop of the island and features stark but striking scenery, with rugged, barren cliffs and curious granite rock formations. The other main sights listed on the trail are Mo’s ‘haunted’ mansion, the Tin Hau temple, a lighthouse, pagodas and a set of prehistoric carvings. You’ll also see derelict buildings being slowly consumed by jungle growth and very elderly villagers sitting by their homes and cutting up dried seaweed and fish in the traditional way. It was a relatively easy paved walk and is well sign-posted but because we were there on a hot day, we found the sun was relentless. The island is quite exposed without much shade so next time, I’d choose a cooler time of the year to go.
    We really enjoyed our long lunch at Ming Kee which sits over the sand on the main beach. Despite it’s remoteness, it’s very popular and lots of people come here just for the restaurant so it’s best to book ahead. Be aware, that it’s only open on weekends and is cash only.
    Apart from Ming Kee and a couple of very simple food stalls, there are not many other facilities so you need to come prepared and in summer, hats, sunscreen and bottled water are absolute essentials.
    Getting there can be a bit tricky. You can’t be too spontaneous and you’ll have to keep an eye on the ferry timetable because the ferries only run a few times a day and only on certain days. We caught the ferry from Blake Pier at Stanley. From here, they run on weekends & public holidays. The trip takes 30 min and was $50 return (cash or Octopus). Be careful to tuck your ticket away safely for the return trip because if you lose it like we did, you’ll have to pay again. The Aberdeen ferry runs a little more often.
    Written June 22, 2021
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  • San Hok Kan
    Hong Kong, China22 contributions
    One of the most beautiful spot to camp with 180 deg view of the sea. You can buy food supplies in the shops near the pier and toilets are well maintained.
    Written March 28, 2022
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  • Coco L
    Hong Kong, China260 contributions
    It’s a nice beach. Not busy. Quite clean. You can rent some water sports gear at a local shop (called treasure island, I think), which also has a restaurant. Good place for camping and BBQs, but the camping site has been closed for the time being. We came with a car but I believe there is a bus stop, too
    Written February 14, 2021
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,726 contributions
    If visiting Tung Ping Chau, best to bring some food and sufficient water with you as there is no way off the island in between the ferry arrival (10.30am) and scheduled departure (5.15pm). However, there are a few casual places that open up on days that ferries come to the island (Sat, Sun and PH) that you can use for meal and drink stops as well.

    The two main places to eat are found 7-8 minute walk (turn right) from the ferry pier at the old Tai Long Village. They are both open from morning until late for those who decide to camp out at Tung Ping Chau.

    The restaurants have very similar menus with both Cantonese and English. You'll find local dishes featuring seafood, rice and noodles. They have basic range of drinks as well. The shop closest to the beach is smaller space and usually more crowded. As such, we usually go to the store back on the path a bit. They have much larger area and table spacing. There you will also find a reasonably well maintained squat style toilet as well.

    Importantly, prices at these places are actually reasonable (cash payments only) for the dish potion sizes and taste is better than you'd expect for kitchens that only setup a couple days a week on remote abandoned islands. We like the fried squid and usually order fried rice as well. A cold beer is a nice way to relax after a near full day hiking around the island. This place also does egg waffles, tofu pudding and fish balls. The puff waffle is pretty good.

    Overall, these are better than you'd expect beach restaurants all things considered. We enjoy paying visit and having a brief bite to eat and drink an hour or so before the ferries depart (5.15pm) back to Ma Liu Shui. It is something we look forward to as part of the Tung Ping Chau experience.
    Written January 24, 2022
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  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China8,608 contributions
    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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  • EmLiesel
    Birmingham, UK188 contributions
    We took a junk boat over to Sharp Island in December. We then walked 45mins across the island to Half Moon Bay.

    The walk across the island is very up and down and it was hot work! Saying that, I would do it again, the scenery and views along the route were stunning.

    Half Moon Bay is very pretty, it is prettier than the beach which the boat landed at so I would definitely recommend it.

    I would also recommend taking a picnic as there is one kiosk by the boat landing but it didn't have many options.

    Half moon bay is a great day out!
    Written February 2, 2022
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  • TheOExpress🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇭🇰
    Hong Kong, China3,952 contributions
    ...with two surprisingly lovely parks to visit and a decent mall as well (Maritime Square). I used to live near here and passed through every day but only recently actually set aside time to explore the island and I would also recommend it as a way of seeing a residential area which feels very local, a world away from HK Island and lower Kowloon in terms of demographics. And obviously from my title, it’s very each time reach from most nearby and main areas of the city.
    Written April 4, 2021
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  • Season C
    Hong Kong, China546 contributions
    This is my first time camping in Hong Kong. I didn't do any research, cos I got my good friends to do so. BUT, truth was.. they didn't really any proper planning. The 7 of us agreed to meet at Yau Tong MTR station at 10/10:15AM. We walked to the ferry pier and took the ferry and headed to Tung Lung Chau. It's a 30-min ferry ride. Once arrived, we walked around 15-20mins and got to this intersection with 2 shops/cafes. Mr. Wong (one of the shop/cafe owners) walked out and explained the campsite with us. He even offered us to use his water and toilet, but it would be appreciated if we can spend a lil at the store/cafe (eg. an instant noodle/water..etc) Not only did he help us with those, but he suggested a hiking route for us to hike the next day.
    Written February 25, 2017
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  • mosto
    Hong Kong, China2,832 contributions
    This is best done as a day (or good part of the day) outing incorporating an easy hike and a visit to this beautiful shell beach with extraordinary rock formations. Its location is away from the city. Take the train to Tai Po Market Station on the East Rail Line. Then, take take Exit A3 to the minibus terminus and board Green Minibus 20K to Sam Mun Tsai. Alight on the final stop -
    Sam Mun Tsai New Village. You will a sign near a pavilion pointing you towards Ma Shi Chau Special Area.

    The hike starts from Sam Mun Tsai village. There are 2 public toilets in the village before you enter the hiking trail. Good to use them. This is an easy short (around 3 hours covering 6.5 km) beautiful hike in the Ma Shi Chau - a special area located on the coastline of Sam Mun Tsai village. It is one of the major UNESCO’s remaining geo-sites in Hong Kong. Very scenic with a shore covered with sea shells, lots of rock formations, foliage and butterflies. The sea is amazing and views of Pat Sin Leng and Ma On Shan surrounds you. You will pass a cemetery before reaching the tombolo that connects the coastline with Ma Shi Chau. Before entering the hiking area, pay attention to the tide times sign as the tide will affect the tombolo and coastline. When it is high tide, Ma Shi Chau separates from the coastline and becomes an island.

    After you visit Ma Shi Chau, you need to retrace your steps to leave the area.
    Written November 16, 2020
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