- Posted May 30, 2012 by
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Hong Kong travel tips
Back to Nature
Although Hong Kong is mostly known for its glitz, glamour, soaring skyscrapers, expansive skyline, and high-end living, there are places all over the city for unwinding, relaxation and touching base with mother nature.
One such place is Peng Chau Island, just 40 minutes by ferry from the Central pier in Hong Kong Island. A laid-back island vibe greets you as soon as you disembark from the pier. There are no automobiles and getting around the island is possible by only two methods - by bicycle or on foot. Follow the trail that goes around the perimeter of the island to see multiple temples and beautiful views of this tiny island.
Lamma Island is another place good for relaxing and getting close to nature. Like Peng Chau, there are no automobiles on this island and going around can only be done by biclye or on foot. Although it's a little bit bigger than Peng Chau, walking from the northern village of Yung Shue Wan to the eastern village of Sok Kwu Wan will only take about 2.5 hours. Walk up to Tai Ling village to admire the island view and see the Lamma Winds.
Another place worth going to to get away from stressful city-living is Tai O on the eastern side of Lantau Island, near the Pearl River Delta. Although not as easily accessible as Lamma or Peng Chau, this old fishing village is good for gorging on fresh seafood and pink dolphin watching.
But going off to these outlying islands are not the only options to enjoy mother nature in Hong Kong. Hike trails are accessible less than half an hour bus ride from the main urban areas. The Lion Rock trail is one of the more famous trails from Kowloon, while Dragon's Back is the most scenic trail from Hong Kong Island.
And if walking, hiking or trekking aren't really your thing but still want to take pleasure in nature, head over to Nanlian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery in Diamond Hill where you can admire bonsais, pagodas and indulge in healthy eating at the quaint vegetarian restaurant tucked behind an artificial waterfall.