To get to the quaint and quirky Peng Chau, we need to peel a few layers away from what Hong Kong is typically known for first.
Hong Kong is a super city operating as an automatous state has a stereotype that involves skyscrapers, shopping, a crammed population, and a pulsating nightlife. Hong Kong is also where east meets west. But did you know Hong Kong has over 250 outlaying islands to explore?
One of them is Peng Chau and despite it being neighbours with Hong Kong’s most popular islands, Peng Chau still goes under the radar to many. We rounded up the reasons why you should go for this particular road less traveled:
1. Hiking & adventure
The highest point on the island is Finger Hill and takes at most around 45 minutes to reach the top. You’ll need to venture on The Family Trail from the Ferry Pier to reach Finger Hill.
The island is only 1km long and can be circled in around three to four hours. After Finger Hill you can venture to the Lookout Pavilion, Nam Wan then to Fisherman’s Rock. The trails are easy to follow and it’s very difficult to get lost. You’ll pass breathtaking views of Hong Kong Island, empty beaches, small villages and rural bush that makes it interesting for all level of hikers.
Pro tip: At Peng Chau Ferry Pier there is a signpost with the map of the island full with detailed walking points.
2. Historical buildings
The former Lime Kiln Factory is one of the last standing buildings of Peng Chau’s former burgeoning industrial past. It adds historic value that remembers Peng Chau’s more lively past. Although you can’t go inside the remnants that are left, you should definitely take a photo of this place.
3. Temples without the crowds
Tin Hau Temple was built in 1792 and is one of the most visited temples on the island. Located on Wing On Street in Tung Wan, it’s almost directly in front of you as you disembark at the Ferry Pier.
The Seven Sisters Temple is to the south of the island. Colourful and iconic the temple is one of Peng Chau’s most popular. The deities are believed to help families conceive, so don’t be surprised to see local newlyweds visit and seek blessings.
4. Deserted beaches
Especially in the south part of the islands walking towards Fisherman’s Rock, you’ll be happy to know almost all of Peng Chau’s beaches are deserted. Take some time to relax by and get bothered by absolutely nobody.
5. Narrow streets
One of the charming bits about Peng Chau is its quaint and narrow streets. You’ll feel you’re walking into someone’s living room, while some of the buildings look centuries-old going by their brickwork. This adds to the real sense of peaceful community that lies here, something that is lost now in many places in Hong Kong.
6. Abandoned places
Right in the centre of the island, Chi Yan School is now abandoned. Built in the 1930’s, this school used to hold over 400 students at a time. Furthermore, in one of the derelict rooms you can still see a black board that was once used. Urban enthusiasts rejoice: this one is for you!
7. Fresh food, affordable drinks
If we’re comparing (and we are), eating and drinking is generally cheaper in Peng Chau than other islands in Hong Kong. Stop by ‘The Old China Hand’ for two-for-one specials on San Miguel Pilsen beer. If you’re feeling peckish, find Lok & Yiu, a small corner restaurant north of Wing On Street. They have low prices and big servings on curry and rice!
How to get to Peng Chau: from the Central Pier on Hong Kong Island and take No.6 to Peng Chau. The fast ferry option takes around 25 minutes and 40 minutes on the ordinary ‘slow’ ferry.
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