The Islands of Hong Kong: a Photo Diary

Temple on Peng Chau island, Hong KongHaving been to Hong Kong in 2014, this time around I wanted to see more of the lesser explored areas that I hadn’t taken advantage of previously. Sadly both times I’ve visited I haven’t had great weather so I haven’t been able to really make the most of the islands around Hong Kong, except for Lantau – the home of the giant seated Buddha that I fell in love with one my first trip.

Most recently I went to Peng Chau and Cheung Chau. They are enormous islands with loads to do but I really just went to wander and take in the sights and smells of somewhere new because even basic everyday life in Asia looks and feels different to home. These islands are predominantly residential and it’s always interesting to just experience a community rather than go full-out tourist.There isn’t much explicitly to do on either one, but this photo diary should give you an insight into what you’d get from a day trip to each island:

Peng Chau has an area of just 0.99 square kilometres and the main mode of transportation is bicycle. I went over with an old school friend who happened to be in HK at the same time as me, and he showed me around the island as his parents live there. You can see from the photos how peaceful it is.

 

Colourful apartment blocks on Peng Chau island, Hong Kong

 

Tree lined walkway on Peng Chau island, Hong Kong

 

Colourful apartment blocks on Peng Chau island, Hong Kong

 

Fishing boats at sea from Peng Chau island, Hong Kong

 

Peng Chau island, Hong Kong

 

Rickshaws on Peng Chau island, Hong Kong

 

Fishing boats on Peng Chau island, Hong Kong

 

Apartment blocks on Peng Chau island, Hong Kong

Cheung Chau on the other hand is bigger (although still only 10km square) and draws in more day trippers due to its beaches and seafood restaurants. There’s a few temples, because it is Asia after all, and like Peng Chau there are no cars because the roads are so narrow. It is extremely cute.

Fishing boats off Cheung Chau island, Hong Kong

 

Welcome to Cheung Chau sign

 

Cheung Chau pig raising co-operative society

 

Fishing boats on Cheung Chau island, Hong Kong

 

Pak Tai temple on Cheung Chau island, Hong Kong

 

Looking onto shops promenade from Pak Tai temple on Cheung Chau island, Hong Kong

 

Corrugated iron houses on Cheung Chau island, Hong Kong

 

People on shopping street on Cheung Chau island, Hong Kong

 

Beach on Cheung Chau island, Hong Kong

I’m heading back to Hong Kong around October time for a few days on the way back from Japan and as the weather is better then, I’m hoping I’ll be able to make the most of the islands and beaches!

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