Islands around Hong Kong
Hong Kong Attractions
Make this your year to discover the splendours of the exotic Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Don't miss out on the most prominent of Hong Kong's islands for wonderful weekend getaways, or day trips.
Other Islands around Hong Kong
Lamma Island's close proximity to Hong Kong makes it possible to enjoy a convenient ferry ride over for a night of banqueting – there are many affordable restaurants and eateries serving excellent Chinese and Western fare.
No doubt you'll feel refreshed by the clear air and sandy beaches, green hills and quaint villages, and the delightful view from the pavilion atop a little hill at Hung Shing Yeh Beach. The mom-and-pop grocery shops, the bars and the lovely restaurants – some built out over the water – will do wonders for your appetite.
So check into one of the island's relatively inexpensive hotels and check out all that Lamma Island has to offer.
- Location: Lamma Island
Peng Chau Island
Situated between Hong Kong Island and Lantau Island, come and discover this small and peaceful oasis – one of Hong Kong's less-known gems for leisurely strolls, time-worn temples and succulent seafood.
Peng Chau has a cheerful village and in just 30 minutes on foot you can reach the Phoenix (Fung Peng) Pavilion on top of the island's Finger Hill. This exquisite vantage point provides a perfect panorama of Hong Kong, including the world's longest span suspension bridge for vehicles and trains: Tsing Ma Bridge, which connects the islands of Tsing Yi and Ma Wan.
- Location: Situated between Hong Kong Island and Lantau Island
Ping Chau Island
This rocky, crescent-shaped island is sometimes called Tung Ping Chau, to distinguish it from Peng Chau. It has a relatively flat area of 1.16 square kilometres and is located closer to the mainland China border than to Hong Kong Island.
Known for superior scuba dive sites, not far from the pier, you can discover more than 60 types of coral and 35 species of algae in clear waters, placing this coastline among Hong Kong's most beautiful and making it a burgeoning eco-tourism destination. Far-flung Ping Chau can be reached by ferry only on weekends and public holidays.
- Location: Located closer to the mainland China border than to Hong Kong Island
Po Toi Island
Make your way along to St Stephen's Beach at Stanley, and you'll be able to rent a small boat for a 30-minute ride to tiny Po Toi Island, sometimes called “Hong Kong's south pole”. About 30 years ago, the island had a resident population of about 1,000 people. Only a handful remain and so you are likely to catch glimpses of abandoned and dilapidated buildings amid the trees.
This is a superb place for hiking. And, as befitting a community of fishermen, Po Toi boasts its own Tin Hau Temple.
Tsing Yi Island
Named after a fish that once was abundant in the surrounding waters, Tsing Yi has three main harbours and a booming residential population. It is an island with green hills, houses on stilts – lending it a resemblance to Tai O – and a pleasant nature trail.
Believe it or not, one bay on the northwest coast of the island was, in the 1950s, a haven for nudists. However, this petered out in the 1960s.
- Location: New Territories