Hong Kong has its well-known attractions such as Disneyland, Lantau Island and The Clock Tower. But to avoid the crowds and take an equally exciting journey around Hong Kong, don't miss these under-the-radar sites.
Ng Tung Chai Waterfall
Step out of the hustle and bustle of the city and see another side of Hong Kong. Located at the north of Tai Mo Shan in the New Territories Hong Kong, Ng Tung Chai Waterfall is a natural formation comprised of four beautiful waterfalls. You can get there by catching the 64K bus from the Tai Po Market East Rail station; get off at Ng Tung Chai stop and take a 30-minute walk towards the Man Tak Monastery. Continue on for about 20 minutes as your witness a stunning array of water streaming into their pools.
New Territories Cycling
Just 30 minutes in any direction of downtown Hong Kong is plenty of greenery - in fact, more than 40 percent of the territory is dedicated to nature reserves and country parks. All of this can be explored at your leisure by bicycle. No need to hire a tour guide - just rent a bike in Sha Tin at the Tolo Harbour Cycling Track and pedal to Tai Po along the coastline. Or take the other popular route from Tai Wai to Tai Mei Tuk, a leisurely 19 kilometre cycle that passes temples, parks, and harbour views along the way.
Peng Chau Island
Most travellers head to Lamma Island or Lantau for a day trip and miss out on the opportunity to see Peng Chau. Once upon a time, the island was the city’s industrial hub, but the matchstick factories and lime kilns are long gone. Now the sleepy island relies on fishing, farming, seafood restaurants, and mum-and-pop shops. It takes no more than a few hours to explore the island’s fresh seafood restaurants, quaint pedestrian streets, low-key beach, and pleasant hiking trails. One of the most popular trails is Finger Hill, a scenic trek that rewards you with spectacular sea views at its peak.
For an eerie outing, make your way to Yim Tin Tsai, or “Ghost Island,” off the coast of Sai Kung. This now-abandoned island was once populated by a Hakka community who supported themselves with salt farms and fishing businesses until the early 90s. You can reach Yim Tin Tsai by boat and explore the wild landscapes and deserted houses. The island has a few worthwhile sites, including a small visitors’ centre, a local museum, and the rehabilitated St. Joseph’s Chapel—a UNESCO heritage site. Another nearly-deserted island is Po Toi. Enjoy the solitude as you wander by the quaint restaurants, a Tin Hau Temple, and beautiful rock formations.