Hong Kong at a glance – Outlying Islands

Hi Travel Buddies,

Do you know that Hong Kong is surrounded by more than 260 outlying islands? Some of these islands offer great hiking trails and natural landscapes for the adventurous travellers who want to do something different in a day or two in Hong Kong.

We shall look at 3 of the most popular and accessible islands in this post.

1. Lantau – Hong Kong’s largest island
Some of the Hong Kong’s most famous attractions are found in Lantau.  To name a few:

* Giant Buddha/Po Lin Monastery/The Wisdom Path – World’s tallest, outdoor seated bronze Buddha (34 metres high).  Visitors can climb the 268 steps to take a closer look at the Buddha statue and its surrounding views.  You can also enjoy a vegetarian lunch at The Po Lin Monastery, set on the 520-metre high Ngong Ping plateau.  Take a short walk from the Monastery to the Tea Garden and follow the hiking trail for about 15 minutes, you will see the Wisdom Path, an outdoor replica of the centuries old Heart Sutra.
How to go?  Take ferry from Central Pier 6 (MTR Hong Kong Station Exit E1) to Mui Wo, then take bus 2 OR take MTR to Tung Chung Station Exit B and take bus 23 from Tung Chung Town Centre OR take Ngong Ping Cable Car.

* Lantau Peak – second highest peak (934 metres) in Hong Kong after Mo Shan (957 metres) in New Territories.  On a clear day, hikers can seee  Macau and Zhuhai from the summit.  Lonely Planet recommended to spend the night at SG Davis Hostel if you wish to do the hike.  Many climbers start the hike very early to the summit for lovely sunrise views.

* Ngong Ping 360 – Take the 25-minute cable car ride (5.7 km) from Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal to Ngong Ping village offers paranomic views of North Lantau and the South China Sea.  You can also enjoy great shopping and dining at this culturally-themed village.
Opening Hours: Weekdays 10am to 6pm; Weekends and Public Holidays 9am to 6.30pm.  Prices: Round trip HKD107, Single trip: HKD74, other combo packages also available.
How to go?  MTR Tung Chung Station Exit B and walk 5 minutes to the Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal

* Tai O Fishing Village – often distinguished by th stilt houses on the waterfront, offers many picturesque spots for great photos taking.  You can also find a couple of temples and monasteries.
How to go?  Take ferry from Central Pier 6 (MTR Hong Kong Station Exit E1 to Mui Wo, Lantau Island, then take bus 1 OR MTR Tung Chung Station Exit B and then take bus 11 from Tung Chung town centre.

* Mui Wo – the gateway to Lantau for visitors arrving by ferry.  If you have the time, you can check out the Silvermine Bay Beach, hiking trails to Silvermine Waterfall, en route to waterfall, you will pass the local Man Mo temple.
How to go?  Take ferry from Central Pier 6 (MTR Hong Kong Station Exit E1 to Mui Wo, Lantau Island OR MTR Tung Chung Station Exit B and then take bus 3M from Tung Chung Town Centre Bus Terminus.

* SkyPlaza/SkyCity – If you have time before departure or upon arrival, you can visit the SkyPlaza in Terminal 2 of Hong Kong International Airport.  Besides more than 100 retail and dining outlets, check out the various entertainment options offered: 4D Extreme Screen Theatre, Asia Hollywood, Aviation Discovery Centre and i-Sports interactive game centre.  You can also take a shuttle bus and arrive in just a few minutes to the SkyCity Nine Eagles Golf Course.
How to go?  MTR Airport Station or Airbus

* AsiaWorld-Expo – Just one MTR stop away from the Airport Station, it houses some of Hong Kong’s biggest entertainment events and it also has the largest indoor seated venue in Hong Kong.
How to go?  MTR Asia World-Expo Station or Airbuses.

* Hong Kong Disneyland – Opened since 2005, the park is divided into 4 major themes: Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Adventureland and Tomorrowland.
Read related post: Hong Kong Disneyland Special Offers
How to go?  MTR Disneyland Resort Station.  Journey times from Central/Kowloon/Tsing Yi Stations are 10/21/24 minutes.

2. Cheung Chau Island – thriving fishing community and fishing boats 
A popular island favoured by day-trippers especially during weekends.  The island has a few nice beaches and you can walk or rent a bicycle to go around sightseeing temples, traditional chinese houses and do not forget to check out the Cheung Po Tsai Cave.
Cheung Chau also famous for its week-long colourful Taoist Festival – Bun’s Festival, normally takes place around late April or early May.
How to go?  Take ferry from Central Pier 5 (MTR Hong Kong Station Exit E1)

3. Lamma Island – 3rd largest island in Hong Kong
Famous for its open-air seafood restaurants at Sok Kwu Wan, golden beaches and great hiking spots.  Ying Shue Wan is the bigger village than Sok Kwu Wan, where you can find western restaurants, pubs and handicraft shops.  Sham Wan is a beautiful bay, located between the 2 villages, the only site where the Hong Kong’s endangered green turtles nest during June to October.
How to go?  Take ferry to Yung Shue Wan or Sok Kwu Wan (about 30-minute ride) from Central Pier 4 (MTR Hong Kong Station Exit E1)

This is the last series of our post on Hong Kong at a glance.  With so many places and things to do, we are spoilt for choices to decide how to spend our 5-day trip! 😛

Read related post:
1) Hong Kong at a glance – Hong Kong Island
2) Hong Kong at a glance – Kowloon
3) Hong Kong at a glance – New Territories
4) About Hong Kong and Macau

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