As the pandemic continues to impose travel restrictions, many of us have been making the most of our time spent at home by exploring some lesser-known places in Hong Kong––from alternative picnic spots, to colourful Instagram locations and seaside towns.
If you want to escape the frenzy of city life, and have already ventured to the outlying islands such as Lamma Island and Cheung Chau, discover more of Hong Kong’s hidden wonders by taking a trip to one of its secret islands.
From the picturesque island of Peng Chau, the abandoned Hakka village in Yim Tin Tsai to the snorkelling paradise of Sharp Island,Hong Kong’s lesser-known islands are well worth visiting––whether it’s for photo-taking, sunrise hopping or outdoor sports.
Tatler Tip: As the islands can only be reached by small Kaito ferries or via private charter, be sure to check the ferry schedule in advance. We also recommend bringing water, food and extra clothes as not all the islands have restaurants and potable water.
1. Tung Ping Chau
The island of Tung Ping Chau is all about rocks. Part of the UNESCO Global Geopark, it comes as no surprise that the island is filled with wonderful geology. The sedimentary rock here is brightly coloured and layered, making for an incredibly photogenic island. But that’s not all: the area is a diverse mix of a country park, a marine park, a great place for scientific research and of course the icing on the cake, the UNESCO listing.
Because of all the rocks on the island, it might not be a place you’d think of living but a few people do live in the main village, Tai Tong, who usually travel in and out of the island. You’ll most likely see them during the weekends when visitors are expected to come, operating restaurants and lodges or touring people around.
How to get there: Take the train to University Station and get off at exit B. Walk for about 15 minutes or take a taxi to Ma Lui Shui Ferry Pier. Take the ferry from there to Tung Ping Chau which is only available on the weekend