Category Places and Trails

Hoi Ha Wan and Pak Sha O

Early on a fine summer morning, Hoi Ha Wan – “Bay Beneath the Sea” – seems wonderfully serene, with the calm waters reflecting Hoi Ha village’s cluster of pale, three-storey buildings, which are set low on otherwise verdant hillsides, beside…

Lantau Island Hikes for All Seasons

Lantau Peak There’s a steep trail with flights of rough rock steps to the summit of Lantau Peak, at 934 metres Hong Kong’s second highest peak, and highest on Lantau Island. Though you can start at a high plateau reached…

Sham Chung – curiouser and curiouser

With its traditional hamlets, old woods, setting in a basin ringed by hills within Sai Kung Country Park, Sham Chung should be one of the jewels in the crown of wild Hong Kong. Instead, it has suffered environmental vandalism, and…

Tung Ping Chau beach

Though it doesn’t boast Hong Kong’s best beach, Tung Ping Chau is a place where you can sometimes stroll the sand and feel almost like Robinson Crusoe – though you have to ignore the rural Shenzhen coastline little more than…

North Hong Kong Island by Tram and Shanks’ Pony

Looking for a definition of “cabin fever”, I find Merriam-Webster gives, “Extreme irritability and restlessness from living in isolation or a confined indoor area for a prolonged time.” And in these weeks, months – or is it years, even decades? – of looming…