Besides eating, shopping, eating and more shopping, Hong Kong actually has many small offshore islands that tourists seldom visit. Just a few kilometres away from the well-known Lantau Island (大嶼山), where the Big Buddha is, there is a small fishing village called Tai-O (大澳).
There are a few ways to get there. One, you may go to the Big Buddha at Ngong Ping in the morning and take Bus 21 from there. Another option is to take Bus 11 from Tung Chung MTR station. The third option, which I took, was a 40-min ferry ride from Central Pier to 梅窩(Miu Wo) and then take bus 2 from there. Check here for bus services: http://www.newlantaobus.com/
Miu Wo is a tiny rural town where the main mode of transportation is cycling. Not many locals stay here due to the inaccessibility. Instead, it has become an expat haven. The attraction is surfing in the summer at the Silver Mine Bay Beach.
At Tai-O, you see more elderly people. Locals earn meagre income from fishing and dried seafood. A unique sight here is the stilt houses (棚屋).
So, why stick to the usual “touristy” places? Try the off-beaten tracks for a change.
This is a guest post written by msblock and edited by the.lazy.afternoon.