When I arrived in Hong Kong I was overwhelmed by the city, the large population and the pollution.
Hong Kong is quite amazing, but I caught the flu somewhere along the way, and I was craving fresh air and the outdoors. So, I went in search for some places outside the city.
Lantau Island is the home of the Big Buddha, which has become a huge attraction in Hong Kong. It’s surrounded by wonderful walking trails, shops and restaurants. The walking trails are well signed and easy to follow.
While I was here I stumbled upon a gorgeous tea house. I highly recommend trying their blooming tea. Flowering tea or blooming tea consists of a bundle of dried tea leaves wrapped around one or more dried flowers. When steeped, the bundle expands and unfurls, much like the process of a blooming flower.
Getting there: Catch the Tung Chung MTR to Ngong Ping Village. At Ngong Ping Village follow the signs to the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car. This will take you to the Big Buddha.
Lamma Island is small, just off the main island. This little gem is a quiet island, with a few shops and restaurants.
It was a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, and a great way to experience a traditional Hong Kong village. Lamma Island also has some nice family trails if you enjoy hiking.
Getting there: Take a ferry from Central Pier 4 to Sok Wu Wan.
Sha Tin – Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
The 10,000 Buddha monastery is a beautiful walk. There are approximately 400 steps with paths, lined by life size buddhas as you walk up to the temple.
The temple holds approximately 10,000 miniature buddhas, all in different poses. The monastery has free admission and is open daily from 9:00am to 5:30pm.
Getting there: MTR East Rail to Sha Tin. The monastery is not well signed and may be a little difficult to locate.
When you arrive at the station, which links to a shopping centre, do not enter the shopping centre. See below map for directions.
Wong Shek Pier and Sai Kung – East Country Park
Sai Kung has some beautiful hiking trails, which you could spend a whole day walking if you have the time. It’s a nice getaway from the the city and a great way to get some fresh air.
There are short 30 to 45 minute walks, as well as longer walks. It is best to take food and water with you. There is a vending machine to buy something to drink with your octopus card, but not much else.
Getting there: You can get to Wong Shek Pier by Bus Route 96R from Diamond Hill MTR Station.
From Sha Tin: You can catch Bus 299X from Bus stop B1.
This is not a direct route and you will need to transfer at Mak Pin.
Pay attention to your stops as the english description is very brief and easily missed. The stop before Mak Pin is Wong Chuck Wan.
When you disembark at Mak Pin cross the road to the bus stop on the opposite side of the road. Then from here catch Bus 94 for Wong Shek Pier.
Wong Shek Pier
Wong Shek Pier is where I found some of the most delicious seafood.
All of it cooked fresh, you can order by choosing your fish from one of the fish tanks. Then you tell them how you want it cooked.
Getting there: You can get to Sai Kung by Bus Route 92 from Diamond Hill.
If you are coming from Wong Shek Pier to Sai Kung you can catch Bus Route 94.