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Nine hidden Hong Kong islands

2014-07-09 15:01:39

(Time Out Beijing)


Tung Lung Chau

Climbing paradise

Rough, rugged and wild, Tung Lung Chau is the craggy cousin of Hong Kong's island family and is regarded as the best place for rock climbing in the territory. There's a campsite on the northeast of the island, about 20 minutes' walk from the ferry pier. Close to the campsite is what now remains of Tung Lung Chau Fort – built between 1662 and 1722, it used to defend the island from pirates.

There's one main paved trail on the island, which loops from the pier to the top of a hill, offering great views. This trail passes by the largest and oldest rock carving in Hong Kong – measuring 1.8m by 2.4m, it's (apparently) a depiction of a dragon and said to be over 5,000 years old.

The main path isn't too challenging, so if you want some adventure you can try out one of the smaller trails back down from the hill. Be warned, however – these can get tricky. If you're interested in climbing here, there are several local groups who make regular trips.

Don't miss The climbing.

Get there The public ferry to Tung Lung Chau departs from Sam Ka Tsuen Public Pier, Yau Tong, several times a day until 4.30pm. The last ferry leaves Tung Lung Chau at 5pm daily. See for more, and for the full ferry schedule

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