We traveled to Hong-Kong to discover the hidden side of the city
Besides its skyscrapers famous skyline, let's discover its mountains, beaches and small traditional fishing villages. We used the Uten scale to check our luggages weight at the airport and be sure we were not bringing back too many souvenirs at home.
Many of us used to think about Hong Kong as vibrant place, densely populated 7 mln people, urban centre, a major port and global financial hub with a skyscraper-studded skyline. Destination where shopping, dining and business are the main things to do.
Actually, there are over 200 individual islands with beautiful natural scenery and local culture. Believe it or not, Hong Kong Island is only the second largest island, while the largest one is Lantau Island (147.16 km²) which nearly doubles the size of Hong Kong Island (78.52 km²). Today we will focused on 2 the biggest islands.
Lantau is huge, and it’ll take much more than a day for you to finish discovering the wonders of this island. Take the Ngong Ping 360 cable car to check the Giant Buddha, Wisdom Path, and Po Lin Monastery. You can also hike there using “rescue trail”, walk up the hill will take around 2 hours. Visit Tai O—a fishing village of stilt houses, and roam the local markets selling shrimp paste, salted fish, and dried seafood.
Another place worth to check is Pui O Beach with it’s soft black sand lying just on the bottom of the Sunset Peak. You will be impressed by amazing view of sunset among surrounding islands. Nice bars with good burgers and craft beers will complete this adventure. It’s worth to mentioned that people of the village keep water buffaloes and agriculture to avoid high building development and protect the nature. Meet nonchalant buffaloes walking on the beach - quite extraordinary experience.
For more nature, embark on the 70-km Lantau Trail, which includes Sunset Peak, the third highest peak in HK, or head to Mui Wo's Silver Mine Bay Beach or Cheung Sha (Lantau’s longest beach).
Lamma Island is only a twenty-minute ferry ride from Hong Kong mainland and is perfect for who wish to take a relaxing day trip out of the city. Known for its free-spirited and hippie vibe.
Lamma is peaceful and tranquil with an abundance of natural scenery. Buildings higher than three storeys are prohibited and there are no automobiles but diminutive fire trucks and ambulances, as well as distinctive open-back vehicles to transport construction materials. The community's only means of transport is either by foot or bicycle.
Rent a bike to traverse the island and explore the hidden nook and crannies! This is the place for you to reunite and get in touch with nature, while you soak in breathtaking sights.
One of the big draws of Lamma is its fantastic hiking trails, and, while they're not the best in the region, combined with a beach stop and a glass of beer at one of the Lamma Island's small villages, it's an easy way to spend a day. The most popular hiking path is the Family Trail. Just 4km long, it runs between Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan, a small bay and settlement on the other side of the Island.
Lamma Island also has a beautiful beach that some label as the most picturesque beach in Hong Kong. Lo So Shing Beach is hidden in a small cove and surrounded by lush greenery. Due to its lack of visitors, you can enjoy some peace and quiet and appreciate nature, while gazing at the glittering blue waters.
We logged in Hong Kong second time, this time we have special gift for every traveler. Post your best travel destination pics in comments and you will get a chance to receive Uten luggage scale. Traveling is much easier if you don’t have to worry about overweight luggage.