Places to Go Around Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a city visited by millions of people a year. It’s famous for it’s beautiful skyline, international reputation, abundance of islands and of course food. I’ve covered a lot of food in Hong Kong in my previous posts that you can find under Hungry in Hong Kong but in the next three posts I’ll cover the islands, hiking trails and also sights.

Hong Kong may actually surprise visitors to the abundance of things you can actually do in Hong Kong. To many, it just seems like lots of shopping and eating and not much nature but actually there are many outdoor activities you could do as well.

In this first post we’ll cover four places that you can travel to by boat or some other form of transportation from Hong Kong: Cheung Chau, Lamma Island, Macau and the Big Buddha/Lantau Island.

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Lamma Island was one of the first islands I visited during my stay in Hong Kong. It’s great for barbeques and lounging at the beach. They also have a place that is famous for serving dim sum. Lamma Island has two ports so be aware of which port you’re at so that you can plan your trip better. Unfortunately, while I was at Lamma Island I didn’t get to eat at any restaurants but I was able to barbeque at the beach and it was fun and relaxing. Remember to bring your own futon! There are also stalls near the beach that you can buy pre-barbequed food at.

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Tip about Lamma Island: They are famous for their huge spiders. Be aware.

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Cheung Chau is one of the more popular islands in Hong Kong. It’s known for its big, and I mean BIG, fish balls but also for its beautiful hikes to see the caves around the island. The islands English translation would be Long Island which suits the island perfectly because it is a long rectangular island. When I visited Cheung Chau, I visited for one reason only, which was to eat. We visited the beach and the temple but the most important thing was still food. There are a few MUST EATS when you head to Cheung Chau, which are Mango Mochi (eat lots and lots of mango mochi), HUGE fish balls (spicy, curry, plain, cheese) you name it they have it, and seafood if you are willing to pay the price.

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For Mango Mochi, I would recommend Chong Xing Dessert允升甜品which is located near the temple. From what I’ve seen on the island, they have the biggest mango mochi’s. The mango tastes fresh and the mochi is nice and chewy.

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For gigantic fish balls I would recommend 甘永秦魚蛋 which I find have more bounce to their fish balls. They also have different flavours of other fish balls. For example, they have cheese fish balls which explode with cheese when you bite into them.

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There’s another fish ball place across from them, I forgot the name, which also sells giant fish balls that come in more flavours such as spicy, or non-spicy. Other than the fact that they other flavours, their balls just aren’t as good because they lack bounce.

There’s another place called 時來食坊 Shi Lai Shi Fang – which is covered in celebrity photos (many celebrities have visited this stall) which sells some delicious snacks such as skewers and also fish balls.

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Down from that there’s lovers lock where lovers hang their locks and if you continue on you can find the beach.

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On the main road you can find 長州東源小食店 where they sell seafood such as baked oysters and baked scallops covered in cheese. Many people line up for this. I found it mediocre but it takes a stunning picture though.

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There’s also another dessert place called 天然甜品which serves a specialty dessert called peanut ball ice cream. It’s basically ice cream ball covered in peanuts in a soup like dessert. Delicious and different from other desserts found in Cheung Chau.

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That’s all the information I have on Cheung Chau but of course there are many sit down places for seafood along the harbour and also other places in the smaller streets that are famous for their old style Chinese food.thumb_DSCN1207_1024

Tip: Cheung Chau is also famous for their little coconut cakes.

 

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Lantau Island is accessible by MTR and it is where the Big Buddha is situated. You can get up to the Big Buddha either by the gondola, bus or by car/taxi. Other than visiting the Big Buddha, you can also visit the nunnery. Lantau Island is covered in cows so beware of cow poop. In terms of food, there isn’t much to eat other than vegetarian food and some small snacks along the way.

Macau is not considered an island part of Hong Kong BUT it is accessible via boat so I thought I would include it in this guide. Macau is more than beautiful hotels and gambling. It’s known for being the Las Vegas of Asia but it also contains lots of heritage and history. Just looking at the architecture along, you can see the influence the Portuguese has had on the land. Of course Macau is also famous for its Portuguese food, beef jerky and almond cookies.

In Macau I visited the Old Protestant Cemetery which is where Robert Morrison and the great great grand uncle of Winston Churchill were buried.

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Guia Fortress was also on the list of places to visit in Macau. It’s located on the highest point in Macau and was used as a military fort back in the 17th century. Here they have a lighthouse and also wind codes inside. There are cannons around the park and also an underground entrance to the underground passages. It’s a great historical area to see.

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Another stop on our list was the Mandarin’s House. It is a historical residential complex in Macau which was the residence of Zheng Guanying. It’s quite pretty and well maintained. Since I came with a large group, we were warned to not have too many people in each room at a time due to the delicate structure of the building.

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We also visited Sun Yat Sen’s First wife’s house. The place has been really well maintained and a great place to learn more about history.

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Jardim de Lou Lim IOC was also on our list of places to visit because it was close to Sun Yat Sen’s memorial. It’s a very picturesque park in the middle of the city.

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We also visited the Senado Square which I knew only from the Korean drama Boys Over Flowers. Being there made me feel like I was in the middle of a Korean drama.

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Finally, the most renowned sight in Macau must be the Ruins of St Paul’s. There are so many tourists here, we were amazed at the amount of people.

Now onto a few things we ate in Macau.

We had pork buns from this place called Small Shanghai because of an online recommendation – but it was not very good so DO NOT try it.

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A must in Macau is the Café e Nata Portuguese Tarts which were pretty good. They were eggy, crunchy and piping hot. Make sure you don’t come too late because they run out pretty fast. We got there around 5 and we were one of the last ones to get it. Don’t let the line intimidate you, the line means that they are waiting for the next available batch. Go inside first and order the amount you want. Then join the line and wait for the line to start moving. The line goes pretty quickly if you are there at the right time.

For Dinner, we had the Cheung Kei 祥記麵家 shrimp noodles and pork hocks. They were not bad, but I wouldn’t go back for it.

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There were other food places we wanted to try such as other pork buns, Portuguese tarts and most importantly Portuguese food but we just didn’t have enough time and we were having a tough time navigating our way around the city.

Tip: The McDonalds in the Venetian is double the price of the regular McDonalds in Hong Kong so beware.

Thus ends my Out of Hong Kong guides – hope you found it helpful!

 

 

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