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Not interesting in shopping? No worry. Here in Hong Kong not only shopping malls, but lots of islands nearby where you can get out of the bustle from the city.
1. Lamma Island
One of the easiest accessible island in Hong Kong, only 20 minutes ferry ride from Central Pier. The ferry comes every 15 to 20 minutes. It is good to plan a half day trip over there.
Besides nice beaches and seafoods, the only wind power factory in Hong Kong is right next to the Yung Shue Wan ferry pier. The backside of factory looks so fancy at night, the view from Hung Shing Yeh Beach is the best.
Since Lamma island is getting more and more famous, it might be quite crowded at weekend.
Directions : Central Pier No. 4, 10-minute walk from Exit A, Central MTR station
2. Tai O
Tai O was a quiet fishing village 10 years ago. Now it’s changed quite a lot because of the tourists, but it is still worth to visit in weekday. Stilted houses, dried fish stalls and beautiful sunset, all these are hard to find in the hub of Hong Kong.
Lots of street food like egg puffs, stewed seafoods and BBQ sticks you can find in Tai O main street. The food stalls usually are closed before 7pm in weekday.
There is a bus connecting Tai O and Big Buddha every hour. You can go the places in the same day.
Directions : Take Bus No.11 from Exit B, Tung Chung MTR Station
3. Tung Ping Chau
Tung Ping Chau is not easy accessible ,but you will love it if you like nature. Tung Ping Chau is part of Geopark in Hong Kong, like Sai Kung.
Follow the trail in you will find special landscapes and nice beaches, it takes about 3 hours to walk. Water quality is really good since the island is far away from the city.
Tung Ping Chau is quite relaxing and less crowded, but make sure that foods and drinks are prepared before you go. There is no any local stores in this island. Also the ferry service only operates on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
Directions : 20-minute walk to Ma Liu Shui Ferry Pier from Exit B, MTR University Station
Fares : HK$45 oneway
4. Peng Chau
Peng Chau was industrial center long time ago. Empty cinema, abandoned industrial buildings, and local temples are what you expect in this small island.
This island is not famous, but you can still find some special local shops and coffee shops over here.
Directions : Central Pier No. 6, 10-minute walk from Exit A, Central MTR station
5. Po Toi Island
Po Toi Island is the most southern island in Hong Kong. For locals, they like to do a weekend camping over there. The sky is completely clean where is a good place to see shooting stars and milky way.
Ferry service from Staney market to Po Toi Island operates only on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, but you can take the ferry from Aberdeen on Tuesday and Thursday.
From Stanley – Blake Pier at Stanley, 6-minute walk from Stanley bus station
From Aberdeen – Aberdeen Ferry Pier