Where to eat, sleep, shop and hangout
Hop off a bus at Tong Fuk and you’ll find there’s not much there, which is basically the point. People are drawn to this tiny village on Lantau’s southern coast because it’s sleepy and remote – firmly off the beaten track – but still an easy commute down the South Lantau Road to Tung Chung and beyond.
For the most part, the village homes local families, many of whom have lived there for decades, but over recent years, non-islanders have started to move in, drawn to the rural lifestyle and the possibility of living in a tight-knit, old-style community. The opportunity to live in a traditional three-storey village house (CLICK HERE to find out more) with 2,800 square feet of living space at your disposal is also, of course, appealing to many.
You won’t find a Wellcome or even a 7-Eleven in Tong Fuk but there are two basic mom-and-pop stores selling snacks and fizzy drinks. Tong Fuk Beach Store, meanwhile, is a bit of a social hub. Easy to spot on the South Lantau Road, and a minute’s walk from the beach, it has a covered outdoor seating area and is a great place to grab a cold beer or an ice lolly – in addition to all manner of rubber rings, water pistols and sun umbrellas.
If you’re in Tong Fuk to go to the beach, and let’s face it, you probably are, you’ll want to stock up at the beach store before heading out. People talk a lot about Lantau’s unspoilt beaches – and this one (CLICK HERE to find out more) is the real deal – there are no beach bars, tuck shops or barbecuing facilities. Perhaps for this reason, it’s nearly always deserted. Even in the height of summer, when Hongkongers in the know head to Tong Fuk for a long weekend (CLICK HERE to find out more), you don’t have to fight for a space on the sand.
At the end of a long day’s sun worshiping, you have two options for eats. The Gallery, bang opposite the track leading to the beach, is a Lantau landmark, best known for its steak, salad and pizza. Or you can hang with the locals at cheap and cheerful Tak Po Restaurant, also on the South Lantau Road. At both restaurants, you can choose to dine indoors or out. Enjoy!
Best known for its glorious beach, Tong Fuk is snugly positioned on Lantau’s southern coast, slap bang between Cheung Sha to the east and Shui Hau to the west. It’s 11 kilometres from Mui Wo and 13 kilometres from Tung Chung. The Lantau Trail (Section 10) passes through the village, and there are many other hiking routes and mountain-biking tracks in the vicinity.
Tong Fuk villagers live on and around the South Lantau Road, and that’s where you’ll find a couple of basic convenience stores selling not much, and a beach shop, selling everything you’d expect. On the ‘main strip,’ you’ll also find no-frills Tak Po Restaurant, that serves up great ‘chicken rice,’ and The Gallery, still one of South Lantau’s top Western restaurants. Lantau International School’s lower primary campus is located in Tong Fuk.
Buses pass through Tong Fuk on the South Lantau Road. From Tung Chung, catch the New Lantao 11, 11A or 23 Bus to Tong Fuk village bus stop (journey time around 30 minutes). From Mui Wo, take the New Lantao 1, 2 or A35 Bus – the trip takes about 35 minutes.