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A discovery just around Hong Kong’s corner

April 1, 2009

The best discoveries are often those small delights found just around the corner from where you stand; quiet parks not far from highways, charming cottages nestled amongst high rises, and special cafes just five minutes walk from coffee giants.

My time in Hong Kong was brief–two days– which was to involve, with some careful planning, a lot of wandering and discovering. Time to spend exploring the dizzy heights of Hong Kong island, the markets on Kowloon, and possibly a side trip to Macau. My plan failed within one hour because on my first day in Hong Kong, it rained.

On this small, densely populated island hub, rain doesn’t mix well with narrow streets and busy lunchtimes. Nor does rain mix well with discovering a place on foot. Sometimes in situations like these, it is better to discard the plan and move onto something spontaneous. This was a chance to find out what lay around Hong Kong’s corner.

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Lantau island’s sleepy Miu Wo village. Twenty minutes by ferry from Hong Kong, literally just around the corner. An island of tranquil coves, golden sands, forested parks, and national treasures. Lantau island offers good trekking, peaceful surroundings to mediate, and local history. In Miu Wo village, peace and quiet has little to do with its location and everything to do with transport; where boats and bikes take preference over cars.

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And sustainable fishing is an integral part of the village’s life and culture.

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Stepping foot on Lantau island and finding it not only sunny but stress free, was worth going that extra distance to see what lay beyond Hong Kong. Miu Wo village has to be one of the island’s best kept secrets. Where locals go about their daily lives playing mahjong, idly chatting over fishing nets, or sitting on the sun-warmed beach, away from the school groups, blissfully flying kites.

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Getting to Lantau island is easy. Take one of the ferries from Hong Kong island main ferry terminal. Ferries depart frequently, usually twice an hour. It costs around $25 HK one way. There is also a direct ferry service to Miu Wo village (best keep that one a secret).

Caffeinated Traveller

  1. Bear permalink
    April 1, 2009 10:30 pm

    Excellent discovery — you were fortunate that it rained and even more that you adjust to changes instead of complaining about them. Itineraries are important, of course, but it’s also good to be able to change them when desired. I’m happy for you in that you made a wonderfully sounding discovery 🙂

    • April 3, 2009 2:13 pm

      It was a beautiful discovery and you can spend the night there in some of the small inns. Will have to go back and do that one in the future.

  2. April 4, 2009 2:37 am

    Sounds fantastic! I have lived in Shanghai for two years, but have yet to visit HK … you’ve inspired me do it sooner rather than later! Cheers

    • April 5, 2009 10:21 am

      You’re very welcome, it’s always nice to know that someone gets inspired from my posts.

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