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Bill in China - HONG KONG (Outlying Areas)

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A November 2004 trip to Hong Kong by billmoy

Cheung Chau Island Photo, Hong Kong, China More Photos
Quote: Hong Kong’s outlying islands and New Territories provide a pleasant change of pace to the excitement of the metropolis, although they are getting busier too.

Bill in China - HONG KONG (Outlying Areas)

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Lantau Island Photo, Hong Kong, China
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While I certainly enjoy and relish the nonstop excitement that is called life in Hong Kong, there is a lot more to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region than the central hot spots in Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. The Outlying Islands and New Territories include diverse experiences that will round out any visit to Hong Kong, provided you have a day, or three, to spare. You can get back to nature with hikes around the quieter, less-crowded islands, or have an exciting day with the horses at the Sha Tin Racecourse.A trip to Lantau Island can be multidimensional, topped off with a visit to Ngong Ping. You can climb the path of 260 steps to pay homage to the giant Tian Tan Buddha, tour the ...Read More

Catstreet Cafe

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Restaurant

Catstreet Cafe Photo, Hong Kong, China
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This slick restaurant is definitely part of the new wave of expansion that has catapulted Lantau Island from mere Outlying Island into a must-see destination. It is part of the “New Town” of Tung Chung that has sprung up adjacent to the old village and near the Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok (also on Lantau).This establishment has a very cosmopolitan look about it. Catstreet Cafe is part of a gentrified complex called CityGate, consisting of modern buildings and a plaza enhanced by cutesy sailboat bench seating and still-growing palm trees. It is near the MTR station going to central Hong Kong, and you can transfer to the airport as well. There are a few outdoor tables for a...Read More

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Catstreet Cafe
CityGate, Shop G20, Tung Chung
Hong Kong
+86 852 2109 1131

Long Island Restaurant

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Restaurant

Long Island Restaurant Photo, Hong Kong, China
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This restaurant is a good place to have dim sum if you are visiting Cheung Chau around lunchtime. “Long Island” translates into “Cheung Chau,” so you should feel good that you are dining at a place named after the island.If you are coming from the ferry pier, make a left and head north a few paces past the racks crammed with colorful bicycles. This is a fairly large restaurant off the western shore of central Cheung Chau Village, with a main dining room and an outdoor sitting area covered by an awning. The exterior of the establishment certainly does not impress, but color photos of the menu items are on a billboard above the entry. While waiting to be seated, you can see some of the dim sum...Read More

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Long Island Restaurant
51-53 Sam Hing Street
Hong Kong
+86 852 2981 1678

Cheung Chau

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Attraction | "Cheung Chau Island"

Cheung Chau Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Cheung Chau, which translates into “long island,” is a small three-pronged landmass just southeast of Lantau Island and several miles west of central Hong Kong. Centrally located, Cheung Chau Village has a good number of people but never feels overcrowded. Wander about and you will definitely enjoy nature while also encountering a few cultural highlights along the way. Cheung Chau is a smaller version of Lamma Island, one of the other Outlying Islands slightly closer to central Hong Kong.The only way to get here is by ferry, and transport while on the island is limited to bicycles and these small hospital golf carts that seem to carry elderly locals around the island. The refreshing lack of ...Read More

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Cheung Chau

Hong Kong

Lamma

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Attraction | "Lamma Island"

Lamma Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Lamma Island is a good place to get away from bustling central Hong Kong, yet is merely a short ferry ride away from it. Although Lamma and Cheung Chau are in ways two of a kind as ideal day trips, Lamma’s larger size makes it preferable to arrive early to have more time for that aggressive hike on the island. Give yourself a bit more time and you will probably appreciate Lamma’s subtle pleasures more than on a rush through here.The main town on Lamma is Yung Shue Wan along the northwest coast of the island. A natural thing to do is to hike from Yung Shue Wan to the other main town of Sok Kwu Wan along the eastern coast, or vice-versa. You will pass by beaches, such as the popular Hung Shing...Read More

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Lamma
Lamma Island
Hong Kong
+852 2807 6543 (HK T

Lantau Island-Lantao Island

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Attraction | "Lantau Island"

Lantau Island-Lantao Island Photo, Lantau Island, China
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Most people will be surprised to find out that Lantau Island is about twice the size as the densely populated Hong Kong Island. The highest peak on Lantau (Lantau Peak, or Fung Wong Shan) is also about twice as high as Victoria Peak. Lantau is quite mountainous and has been a relatively quiet member of the Outlying Islands until recent developments have elevated its profile. The new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok was constructed upon landfill at Lantau. The Big Buddha at Ngong Ping was built in 1993 and has lured countless visitors to it and the Po Lin Monastery. Then there’s the new Hong Kong Disneyland theme park, which debuted in late 2005 in the Penny’s Bay area near Discovery ...Read More

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Lantau Island-Lantao Island
Mouth of the Pearl River
Hong Kong

Sha Tin Town Hall

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Attraction | "Sha Tin"

Sha Tin Town Hall Photo, Hong Kong, China
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At the first glance of a map, the New Territories may seem like the rural filler separating glamorous and exciting central Hong Kong from mainland China. Although for the most part these areas are residential areas where locals live their lives, there are some interesting things to see and do for the visitor who wants to experience another slice of Hong Kong.The population of the New Territories has grown thanks to the planning of “New Towns” (yes, everything seems to be “new” in Hong Kong sometimes). One of them is Sha Tin, which has expanded to basically combine several old villages into a slightly less neon-fed version of central Hong Kong. Besides the shopping centers in Sha Tin (includi...Read More

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Sha Tin Town Hall
1 Yuen Wo Road
Hong Kong
+852 2694 2511