Peng Chau is a unique island unlike others with no traffic, no crowd, no tourists but a secret treasure of beaches, art, temples, and an environment that is perfect to relax. The island does not have super attractions like rides or five-star hotels, but it still has amazing hiking trails with hidden beaches. The island remains tourist free even on weekends which makes it really special because when you will visit here, you will find pure relaxation embedded in a traditional environment.
Peng Chau is an ideal destination for a day trip or for more days if you do not like crowds and traffic. The area is small and is ideal for strolls along with the natural and beautiful views of the sea or to visit the famous temples. Peng Chau has accommodation facilities, restaurants, cafes, small bars, and peace. It is a great place to come and enjoy the stories of local fishermen, enjoy great seafood, and relax at the small beaches. You can also bring your cycle or rent it and ride freely in the small island as there is no traffic.
How to Reach Peng Chau Island
You can reach this island easily by ferries from multiple locations. Ferries run from Central Ferry Pier No. 6 and you can choose between slow and fast ferries. Fast ferries take around 30 to 35 minutes to land you at the island. You can also reach Discovery Bay and from there take a quick ferry to the island. The island is also connected by ferries to other islands like Cheung Chau and Mui Wo.
7 Wonderful Attractions of Peng Chau
Temples and Hiking are the major attractions of Peng Chau Island, but we will also talk about the unusual places and beautiful secluded beaches.
Finger Hill Hiking
Finger Hill is the highest point of the Peng Chau Island at 95 meters above sea level. This hiking is amazing, easy and will take around 15 to 20 minutes to reach up from the pebble beach. Once you reach on top of the Finger Hill, you will be welcomed by amazing views of the beach and bay. You can also see the Hong Kong skyline on a clear day from top of Finger Hill. The top is also famous for amazing sunset views and people love the sunset spot where you have a background of spectacular hills of the Lantau Island.
There are two ways to reach to the Finger Hill, one is from the Nam Shan Road and the other is the long climb of stairs. Still, it is a good place for family fun and can be accessed by beginners too as the site is well-signposted. Make sure to take some mosquito repellent on your way up because the natural environment may welcome you with many bugs.
Peng Yu Path Hike
Peng Yu Path hike is for the people who love challenges and rewards. This is a circular hike around the island and that is why you can choose your start and finish according to your preferences. This circular hike path is around the northern side of the island and hence, when you reach to a height, you will be stunned by the beautiful northern coastline of Peng Chau. The picturesque coastline with scattered small and secluded beaches are going to mesmerize you. You will also get views of the Disneyland of Hong Kong from this hiking path.
Beaches of Peng Chau
Most people do not know much about these sandy beaches of the island. You will have to mingle up with locals to know about these secret hidden small sandy beaches along the coastline. Most of these beaches are the reward of hiking around the Peng Yu Path, that is why you must hike to get to them. If you follow the locals, you will find the best beaches with water that is beautiful and good for swimming.
Temples of Peng Chau
Peng Chau is also famous for its old temples that are in close vicinity of each other so you can visit them all in no time. The Lung Mo temple is located at the south side of the beach area and the Seven Sister’s Temple is located close to Tai lei Island. Both are embedded in fascinating Chinese culture but have different architectural styles, and that is the beauty of cultural diversification within China.
Lung Mo Temple is the largest temple on the Island and is around 40 years old dedicated to the Dragon Mother. The Seven Sisters Temple is believed to aid young couples who are looking to start families and seek blessings. There is Tin Hau Temple which is close to the ferry pier which was built in 1792. Behind Tin Hau temple is the Golden Flower Shrine temple which is dedicated to the lady Kam Fa. The temple hosts the popular Bodhisattva festival and celebrates the festival of Lady Golden Flower.
The Leather Factory
Well, this is a leather factory in the island among the remains of Lime factory and a China Match factory. This factory looks like an ordinary factory from outside but as soon as you enter in the factory area, it seems like you have entered in a colorful world of artists. There is a narrow alley which has walls that are covered with graffiti and artwork. This factory is an amazing place for photographers and art lovers who can visit and admire the local art talent of Peng Chau.
The Graffiti and the Junkyard
The Graffiti of the island is not just wonderful, but it is spectacular as it seems like the local population loves to play with art with the available resources. You will also find art in a junkyard where old and discarded items are fused with each other to form shapes and art. The local resident “Sherry” is mostly behind these amazing ideas.
You can grab a coffee from the nearby café and stroll around the junkyard to admire the unusual art in an unusual place. This café also sells arts and crafts and is called Sun Sat store which is a unique name because the store is open on Saturdays and Sundays.
Seafood of Peng Chau
If you are in Peng Chau, you must try the famous seafood of the island. The seafood is famous because it is fresh, authentic, and marinated in special Chinese herbs. You will enjoy one of the tastiest shrimps, dumplings, and wontons in Peng Chau island along the waterfront.
You can also visit the fish market of the island but its better to visit in the morning before 8 am to see the actual hustle bustle and to buy fresh seafood. Most of the time, these fishermen will finish their work by 9 am so you will miss the environment.