these other islands rely heavily on tourism to boost their development.
Although fishing was the major means of livelihood for the islanders,
the most profitable business is now restaurants. Come end of the
week or even on holidays and the islands are jam-packed with revelers
looking to spend a day out visiting temples or sunbathing on the
Po Toi Island,
resided by only a handful of people, is comprised of a group of
islands located at the southernmost area of the territory of Hong
Kong, southeast of Stanley on Hong Kong Island. The place is known
for a large rock resembling a river snail, and under that rock is
a den with rock carvings shaped by wind and rain. Po Toi is full
of interesting and peculiar sights that often catch the attention
of curious visitors. The Deserted House of Mo's Family and the nearby
Coffin Rock are among the many attractions.
south of the island features many strange rock formations, including
the Calligraphy by Ghosts, Buddha's Hands Rocks, and Monk Rocks.
At the pier, there is an abundance of open-air restaurant that serves
extremely delicious seafood. Most Hong Kong residents hire a junk
or boat to Po Toi on weekends. The kaido, small boats that act as
water-taxis, are available from Aberdeen and Stanley on Sundays
and public holidays for about HK$40 per person round-trip.
Lung Chau (Nam Tong Island)
Chau floats off the southern tip of the Clear Water Bay peninsular
in eastern New Territories. Also known as Nam Tong Island, the biggest
attraction here is the Buddhist Hall Fort constructed almost 300
years ago but was recently refurbished. Getting to the port is simple;
just follow the path from the hamlet at the ferry pier over the
rolling, open landscape of northern Tung Lung.
shore of the island features famous rock carvings on the cliffs
that depict the daily lives of people from the area over decades
ago. It is a good place to enjoy the sea view, with waves rushing
to the shore and for taking hikes up the cliffs and hills. To get
to Tung Lung, there are no available ferries but the kaido boats
from Shau Kei Wan on Hong Kong Island operate on most weekends.
One of the
territory's most remote islands is Ping Chau, which is situated
at Mirs Bay, northeast of Kowloon. Previously an island with a population
of 3,000, most of the islanders have moved to urban areas and only
return on weekends and public holidays to run their restaurants
or hotel businesses. The island is excellent for picnics and most
city dwellers hound the grounds during holidays to enjoy the silence
surrounded by beautiful white-sand beaches.
Ping Chau is
made up of different shapes and colors. There are plenty of natural
attractions such as caves, rock formations, and waterfalls with
flowery names given by locals. Visitors will also be able to spot
some old-fashioned stone houses with courtyards and winding passages.
Village houses for rent are plentiful; even small bed-and-breakfast
joints can be found. The way to Ping Chau is aboard the ferry from
Ma Liu Shui, near the university railway station in the New Territories.
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