Looking to venture beyond Hong Kong’s iconic skyline? The outskirts of Hong Kong city offer a diverse range of hidden treasures waiting to be explored. Explore the beauty of nature and the charm of local culture, in serene nature reserves and ancient fishing villages outside the city.
1. Wander around Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Lantau Island is the home of the Big Buddha which has become a huge attraction in Hong Kong. Surrounded by wonderful walking trails, shops and restaurants. These walking trails are well signed and easy to follow. You will find one of my favourite tea houses here, try the blooming tea it’s out of this world.
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.
2. Take a trip to Lamma Island, Hong Kong
Lamma Island is small island just off the main Hong Kong island. This little gem is a quiet little place with a few shops and restaurants. Furthermore, it is a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and a great way to experience a traditional Hong Kong village. Lamma Island has family trails if you enjoy hiking.
Getting there: take a ferry from Central Pier 4 to Sok Wu Wan.
3. Visit Sha Tin and the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
The 10,000 Buddhas monastery is a beautiful walk. There are approximately 400 steps with paths lined by life size buddhas as you work your way to the temple. The temple features ten thousand mini buddhas in various positions. The monastery has free admission and is open daily from 9:00am to 5:30pm.
Getting there: MTR East Rail to Sha Tin. When arriving at the station linked to a shopping centre, avoid entering the shopping centre. The monastery isn’t well signed and may be a little difficult to locate. However, the monastery is easily found on navigation maps. See below map for directions.
4. Get somefresh air at Wong Shek Pier and Sai Kung – East Country Park
Sai Kung offers beautiful hiking trails, perfect for a day of fresh air and outdoor activities. Choose from 30 minute and longer walks, and bring your own food and water as there are only vending machines, and they only accept octopus cards.
Getting there: You can get to Wong Shek Pier by Bus Route 96R from Diamond Hill MTR Station.
If you are coming from Sha Tin you can catch Bus 299X from Bus stop B1. Which is not a direct route and you will need to transfer at Mak Pin. You will need to pay special attention to your stops. 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 catch Bus 94 for Wong Shek Pier.
5. Find the best seafood at Wong Shek Pier
Wong Shek Pier is where you will find some of the most delicious seafood. Their seafood is freshly prepared. You can order by choosing a fish from one of the fish tanks. Then you decide how you want it cooked, for example steamed or fried. The pier walk is a breathtaking experience that is highly recommended for seafood enthusiasts.
Getting there: You can get to Sai Kung by Bus Route 92 from Diamond Hill.
Alternatively if you are coming from Wong Shek Pier you can catch Bus Route 94.
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