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Nine hidden Hong Kong islands [Copy link] 中文

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Tung Ping Chau(东平州)
Rockin' rocks and super sunrises
The striking island of Tung Ping Chau (also known as Ping Chau) lies in the very far northeast of Hong Kong and is formed from 'new' sedimentary rock, resulting in a brightly coloured, multi-layered and exceptionally photogenic landscape that is perfect for fossil-spotting. The area also has a diverse ecosystem – it's protected as a Country Park, Marine Park, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is also listed in Unesco's Global Geoparks Network.
Spend your day clambering cliffs or by walking the six-kilometre, looping Peng Chau Country Trail, before taking a dip in the island's crystal clear waters – look out for colourful fish, crabs, coral and even sea urchins. You can then fuel up at one of the weekend restaurants.
Camping is another popular way to see Tung Ping Chau, especially as a way to enjoy some of the best sunrises in the whole territory.
Don't miss The incredible wave-cut rock platforms bordering the island's shores. Or the ferry home – there are only two a week!

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Middle Island
Yacht watching and beach exclusivity
Middle Island may be small, but it's wonderfully easy to get to – it's only a two minute boat ride from Hong Kong. This island is home to the members-only Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) but also features a quiet, sandy beach that is open to the public. You can get there by jumping on the RHKYC's free shuttle boat at Repulse Bay. Lie back on the serene, riff-raff-free sand and watch the club boats go past. Now that's the life.
Don't miss It's all about the tranquil, secluded beach

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Tap Mun(塔门岛)
Hong Kong's best lawn
Tap Mun, which sits off the coast of Sai Kung Country Park, is also known as Grass Island. It's easy to see why – you could be forgiven for thinking you were on the set of a milk advert. The 1.7sq km island is composed of rolling, grassy hillocks (complete with wandering cows) and is also home to a few hundred Hakka and Tanka people. The island has an exciting history as a smuggling and pirate haven, although its now sleepy streets belie this. Tap Mun is a popular spot for both camping and kite-flying, and also boasts several rocky beaches. Spend an afternoon here by taking a stroll along the paved, two-kilometre footpath that starts out at the fisherman's village by the pier and ends up on the hilltop in the middle of the island. Once you're all hiked out, head back down to the village and over to the island's main restaurant, Sun Hon Kee (Tap Mun Hoi Pong St) to refuel on seafood. Make sure you also try the island's famous ice-less iced milk tea.Tap Mun is home to a trio of temples, located near the main village, which date back to the 18th century. Legend has it there was once a pirate's tunnel that led from the altar of the Tin Hau temple all the way out to the sea. Also, make sure you take a look at the abandoned King Lam School on the hill above the village. It was built in 1957 and, when it closed in 2003, famously had only one pupil.
Don't miss The gentle trail over the island and its year-round cool breezes. Absolute bliss.

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