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Day Trips Around Hong Kong

 2017-03-14    Tilda    Tours    Hong Kong    942  

Hong Kong is a city with a maddening fervor and a pace that is at once highly energetic and highly draining. Locals and tourists alike know that to enjoy Hong Kong truly, one has to get out of the center for a different view. Thankfully, the city is blessed with beautiful surroundings that make day trips a wonderfully easy feat to manage.

Looking for excursion ideas? Put these into your travel planner. 

Lantau Island and the Giant Buddha

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Lantau Island could take a whole day or even two. As Hong Kong’s largest island, it is blessed with beaches, beautiful peaks with gorgeous views, the Big Buddha, and heritage architecture.

Cheung Sha Beach is one of Hong Kong’s longest stretch of sandy beach. It’s not Thailand or the Philippines, but it’s a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city center and isn’t crowded, which makes it the perfect spot for a contemplative day.  There are also kayak rentals available.

Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery

One of the biggest attractions of Lantau island is the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery. Buddhist devotees from around the region travel here to see the 34-metre high Buddha statue, which took 12 years to complete. Climb the flight of 268 steps to where the statue is, and to take in the expansive views of the mountains and sea around you. Po Lin Monastery is also a beautiful and colorful temple, with a Main Shrine that adopts the architectural design of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Lantau Peak

Lantau Peak is the second-highest summit in Hong Kong and makes for a beautiful hike. If you’re up for a fit and fabulous day trip, try to catch the sunrise at the peak, which means setting off at 4 am, but the views more than makeup for it.
Macau Day Trip

Macau Day Trip

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Macau is one of the most popular day trips to take, and there is hardly any reason not to. As a former Portuguese colony, the city offers a heady mix of casinos, fusion Portuguese and Macanese cuisine and architecture, and a compact space of surprises.

Visit the landmark of Macau, the Ruins of the Church of St Paul, and see the interesting mix of symbols, including the Virgin Mary with two flowers, the peony representing China and the chrysanthemum representing Japan.

Taipa and Coloane villages offer a glimpse into the old Macau, and a reminder of the era before Macau became the “Vegas of Asia.” Check out the many eateries offering a mix of local and Portuguese cuisine.

Beaches, Hiking, and Seafood in Sai Kung

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Locals will be quick to tell you that the best seafood can be found in Sai Kung, and Seafood Street will present an overwhelming selection of seafood, some of which may be so exotic you can’t identify. Even if you’re not a fan, bring your camera along to capture the action on the floating seafood market where all the haggling action is.

Seafood aside, Sai Kung also offers a dose of nature in the form of beautiful beaches and hiking trails. Head to Long Ke Wan for a pretty beach that could fool you into thinking you’re in a tropical paradise. Sai Wan Beach and the Sheung Luk streams are also great options, especially if you like cliff-jumping.

If you’re into hiking, Sai Kung offers really interesting trails, including one that takes you on a hike around the peninsula, with expansive views of mountains, coastlines, as well as rare and unique rock formations.

Cheung Chau Island

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Life slows down, and cars are rarely seen on Cheung Chau Island. A fishing village with beaches, great seafood, hills, and temples, the island is an antidote to the madness of the city

Another reason to visit Cheung Chau Island is for the Bun Festival. The Bun Festival is held annually and is a Taoist festival that has its roots in fishing communities where seamen would pray for safety from pirates. As the name suggests, the highlight of the festival has buns as its main feature. At Pak Tai Temple, three giant bamboo towers are covered with buns, and in the past, brave young men would race up the tower for the buns. The greater the height, the better the luck that will be bestowed upon the man’s family. In addition, you will also be treated to a visual feast of traditional dances in a parade with elaborate costumes and loud ritualistic music.

This year’s Bun Festival will be held on 3 May, so get ready for some traditional fun in Cheung Chau!

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