Trip to Lantau Island

Thank you for all your kind feedback on the last of my Hong Kong Guides, this time we visited the quite Lamma Island.

 

The land of glittering high rises, could have such amazing green spaces. In fact, if you’re willing to get out of town and take a short boat ride, there’s so much sites for you to explore in this city.Today, I’m going to share with you another of my favourite green day trips so as to prove my point,  – this time to the Lantau Island!

Lantau Island, the Hong Kong’s largest outlying island, is a melting pot of local cultures. If you’re visiting Hong Kong,you’ve already dropped by the airport located on the northern side!  Do not let your visit to Hong Kong’s high tech airport fool you – Lantau Island is anything but, and in many ways it’s like stepping back in time with Buddhist Temples, traditional fishing villages and stunning beaches. Taking a day trip there is a advisable choice.

8am – Start your day by first travelling by MTR or taxi to Tung Chung, which is the main built up area on the edge of the island.

9am – From there, jump on the amazing Ngong Ping cable car, which takes you from Tung Chung up to the Big Buddha. May be you can select the cable car with the glass bottom,which truly a breathtaking experience!

10am – Take some time to explore The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery. If you’re feeling peckish there’s an option to eat yummy vegetarian chinese food in the monastery.

 

11-pm – Feeling like a bit more of a walk? About 10 minutes up the road (follow the signs) is the serene Wisdom Path, with a stunning view of Lantau Peak.

1pm – Next up, take the bus or grab a blue taxi down to the quaint Hong Kong fishing village of Tai O. It’s truly like stepping back in town. If you haven’t eaten yet, it’s worth to stop in to Tai O Heritage Hotel for a lunch in the atmospheric dining room, and they also do a great afternoon tea set!

2pm – Now it’s time to explore the village. Do away with maps and allow yourself to get lost among the twisting alleyways of the village,to find yourself on wooden bridges of the traditional Tai O stilt housesand shrimp paste farms.

3pm – Feeling parched? Drop into the Triple Lanterns for a beverage and watch the boats navigate the waterways of the village. Make sure to grab a perch on their rooftop!

4pm – If you’re visiting in summer, you might be in need of a dip. So once you’ve explored Tai O, jump on a bus or hail a taxi and head over to Cheung Sha beach, a gorgeous strip of white sand along the southern edge of the island. You might even spot a white dolphin if you’re really lucky!

 

5pm – If you happen to be around on the weekend, drop into Mavericks the bar at Pui O beach for a sundowner, before heading over to Mui Wo ferry station and heading back into town. What a day!

Guides to Lamma Island

When most people think of Hong Kong they picture tall skyscrapers, glittering malls, and busy streets. And yes Hong Kong has all that, but what you probably don’t picture is green mountains, quiet fishing villages and some of the best hikes around.


If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know I’m a huge fan of the outdoors and have done a lot of exploring in Hong Kong, to find the green spaces that rival some of the best in the world. I’m excited to share with you the next installment of my series with Hong Kong Tourism, all about the less explored side of the gorgeous city. One such place that’s definitely worth a visit is Lamma Island. A half hour ferry from the center of Hong Kong takes you a world away – a place of traditional villages, fishermen setting up in their boats for the day and a lush, verdant green landscape. A trip to Lamma Island is something you absolutely must put on your list, and to help you we’ve put together some ideas for a day on Lamma Island, walking from the southern village of Sok Kwu Wan to the main, northern village of Yung Shue Wan. Let’s get started!

A DAY ON LAMMA ISLAND

Catch the ferry from Central Pier 4 to Sok Kwu Wan. It’s the smaller of the two main villages on the island, and so the ferries only go every hour, but it’s worth starting your trip there so you can finish in the main village where ferries go more often. The ferries to the bigger village Yung Shue Wan also go from here too.

 

If you’re feeling parched, visit the small cha chaan teng located amongst the seafood restaurants on the promenade and have an iced tea. If it’s lunchtime you may want to stop at one of the seafood restaurants and have a feast, but if not keep walking as there are more places to eat on the other side of the island.

Walk It Begin the Family Trail, a 5km walk that winds its way through the middle of the island. The trail is well marked and paved so it’s not difficult, but bring water and comfortable shoes.

Life’s A Beach About 1km into the walk you will see signs for Lo So Hing Beach, a lovely little cove that’s worth taking a detour for a dip if it’s hot. Bring your swimmers if you plan to swim!

Hike it out Back on the trail, and you’ll find yourself covering the interior of the island, steadily climbing uphill until you reach the pagoda. After a while, you’ll start walking downhill and will stumble upon another lovely beach called Hung Shing Yeh Beach.

Go Organic If it’s the weekend, make sure to stop by the lovely organic farm Herboland, where they sell juices and organic produce and take a load off in their garden for a while.

Back on the trail, you’ll find King Hing Tofu Dessert, selling traditional Tofu Fa, a sweet tofu dessert made with creamy tofu and a subtle sweet caramel on top… Natalie recommended that I add copious amounts of caramel sugar so I did… It was delicious!

Once you’ve had your fill, continue along the Family Trail and you’ll find yourself descending into Yung Shue Wan. An island village where lots of people have moved to escape the hustle and bustle of the rest of Hong Kong. Here you’ll find hippy shops, vegetarian restaurants, and more seafood restaurants. For a yummy western vegetarian meal, we recommend the Bookworm cafe.

It takes A Village Wander the quaint main street of Yung Shue Wan, visiting the produce and sauce stalls that have been here for many years. Stock up on some delicious chili sauce!

See-food If you’re keen to try some seafood,  stop off at one of the waterside Seafood Restaurants, there are a couple right on the water overlooking the village on the way to the Ferry terminal. Stay for sunset if you can to see the lights of the village twinkle and pink skies. Finally, jump back on the ferry and head back into central, full of delicious food and in the happy knowledge that you walked 5km!

 

Villages in Hong Kong

Its my pleasure to share with you a new series, all about going green in Hong Kong!

May be you probably know, I’m a huge fan of the outdoors. And while I’m naturally drawn to the hustle and bustle of the exciting city that Hong Kong is, I have to say what I love most is the fact that it’s so easy to access gorgeous, green spaces that are up there with the best around the world.

I was so happy when Hong Kong tourism asked me to be part of a new tourism campaign – all about sharing Hong Kong’s lesser-known outdoor treasures with a range of new green tours, as part of their new Great Outdoors campaign. The new campaign offers five incredible outdoor tours, each run by qualified eco-tour guides.

I was enjoyed to get to go on three of these amazing green tour to visit places in Hong Kong that I had never ever been before. I’ll be sharing with you my experiences over the next few months, which can provider the perfect inspiration for your next trip.

The first step back in time with a gorgeous hike to traditional Hakka villages in Lai Chi Wo in the New Territories.

VISITING LAI CHI WO

Traced back to 400 years ago, Lai Chi Wo was among the most affluent villages in the Northeastern New Territories. The houses and the Fengshui woods behind the village rare were preserved and are a great way to experience a slice of very old Hong Kong.

THE TOUR

I’ve never been on a guided hike before, so it was a first for me and I was a bit nervous, but I loved it very much! The guide made us feel completely relaxing all the time, and had such a huge range of knowledge not only about the hike but everything to do with Hong Kong,in which I learned a lot. 

It took us through a stunning small valley along the coast, and then we stopped for a delicious lunch overlooking the water, before hiking on to explore the traditional village of Lai Chi Wo. We finished with a refreshing boat ride back home, it was truly a wonderful day and one that I recommend you add to your itinerary in advance if you’re planning a visit to Hong Kong.