Being just 1-kilometre-long (1000 metres), it is possible to walk around the beautiful island of Peng Chau, located at the north-eastern coast of Lantau Island, in just one hour.
In vast contrast to Hong Kong Island, there are only a few buildings higher than three storeys on Peng Chau; and with the exception of police cars, no cars are allowed. With several small beaches, old temples and scenic trails, Peng Chau is a truly peaceful place for a relaxing afternoon stroll.
Start/end: Peng Chau ferry pier
Duration: 1 hour
How to get there: To get to Peng Chau, take a ferry from Central Pier 6 on Hong Kong Island. The journey takes around 50 minutes if you get the ?ordinary? ferry, or 30 minutes if you get the ?fast? ferry. If you?re coming from Discovery Bay, take a ferry from the Kai Tak Ferry terminal (down the steps from Haven Court). The journey should take no more than 15 minutes.
To get to Peng Chau Family Trail, head to Peng Chau Market (inbetween Central and Discovery Ferry Pier), turn right onto Wing On Street. Here you?ll likely see various villages relaxing in the shade underneath a large banyan tree. Continue on this street until you reach a sign marking the Family Trail.
The entire trail is relatively flat, aside from one small peak (Finger Hill, which is 95 metres high), which you can choose to climb once you reach a pavilion. From the top of Finger Hill, you can enjoy panoramic views over Peng Chau and out towards Discovery Bay, Disneyland, Lamma Island and Hong Kong Island.
After climbing the hill, continue straight on from the pavilion towards Tung Wan beach, turn left and walk along the beach front.
Follow the Family Trail through Tai Lung Tsuen, farmland and fruit trees. On the way, the path passes Old Fisherman?s Rock, where, on a clear day, there are beautiful views out over to Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.
Continue on the path until you reach Peng Lei Road. Turn right and cross the bridge.
Continue along this road until you come full circle, arriving back at the ferry pier.
Photos by Robert Dale, Hannah Ball and courtesy of www.hongkongextras.com and www.hikingtours.hk