Go On A Happiness Trail Through Peng Chau Island

Go On A Happiness Trail Through Peng Chau Island
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Even though you may not be able to travel to Hong Kong right away, this is the time to build a travel bucket list to be ticked off later

Uttara Gangopadhyay
July 08 , 2021
05 Min Read

Usually Hong Kong is known for its skyscrapers, neon lights, business ventures and fast paced life. But did you know there is also another side to this island nation? Where you may follow life on the slow path, enjoy scintillating sunsets and sea views, take a look at the bustling art scene or simply dig into some mouth-watering freshly cooked seafood? Take a ferry and head to the ‘instagrammable’ island of Peng Chau, one of the outlying island of Hong Kong.

The non-polluting atmosphere of Peng Chau is perfect for a wellness holiday


There is no accommodation for travellers here. So you have to make a day trip. Ferries ply between Hong Kong’s Central Pier and Peng Chau, and takes less than an hour. Note, walking or cycling are the only options.

Peng Chau or the ‘flat island’ is less than a square kilometre and offers some fantastic art and food trails.

Some of the popular attractions on the island are:

Ngan Chau Tsai Pavilion

Start with the Ngan Chau Tsai Pavilion located on the easternmost corner of Peng Chau. It offers a panoramic view extending from the Lamma Island to Tsing Ma Bridge and Hong Kong Disneyland. Reaching there is half the fun, a gentle climb over Finger Hill and then walking along a narrow trail.

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Lung Mo Temple

Built in 1971, adjacent to Tung Wan Beach, the temple is dedicated to the Chinese Goddess of Water, Lung Mo. It is also known as the Dragon Mother temple. Seafaring people offer prayers to her for safety.

Tin Hau Temple

The 1792-built temple is now marked a Grade II historic building in Hong Kong. It is dedicated to the Sea Goddess. Some of the attractions you must see are the 18th century bronze bell and a stone tablet erected by the local fishing folk during the rule of the Qing dynasty.

Leather Factory

You must not forget to pay a visit to what was once the Fook Yuen Leather Factory. The building, dating back to the 1930s, is a Grade III heritage building which has been repurposed into a colourful art space with artistic graffiti as well as installations made from chairs, bottles and tyres. Clicking a few selfies at this ‘My Secret Garden’ is a must.

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Wing On Street and Wing Hing Street

This is where you must head to if you are hungry. Local grocers on these streets sell fruit, snacks and bottles of water and other drinks. Hungry or not, you cannot stop yourself from sampling the array of freshly cooked seafood here, especially when you are at Wing On Street lined with ‘cha chaan tengs’ (traditional Hong Kong cafes) and small restaurants. Some of the popular items on sale include deep-fried shrimp toast, ice cream pineapple bun and steamed shrimp with glutinous rice.

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Tai Lei Island

This is where people head to for the fantastic sunset view. An islet connected to the main island by a short bridge, it has a small beach and is also a popular fishing spot.

For more details on Peng Chau island or for curated trips with local guides or enjoy a spot of painting with a local artist, you may contact Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB).

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