Grass Island Hong Kong
Grass Island is located in the northeastern part of Hong Kong with around 100 people and many cows and bulls living on this beautiful island. The original name of the Island is “Tap Mun” but due to a spectacular plateau covered in a meadow, people started calling it Grass Island. This ideal grass land is a perfect and famous spot for picnics and camping with the views of sea. You might be surprised by the number of cows and bulls wandering around your camping or picnic site, but this adds to the natural beauty of this island. Most of them are very friendly but be careful when you go near them. These cows also provide excellent fertilizer for the grass land through their dung.
The island also has spectacular hiking trails, attractions, seafood restaurants and a temple. You will also see many kite flying lovers who gather here and fly beautiful kites in different styles. The views of the island are most lovely during spring season when the grass is greener around the golden occurring land. You can taste different kind of dried seafood which is the specialty of the fishermen living on the island. The Grass Island is an amazing getaway from the busy life surrounded by skyscrapers in Hong Kong.
How to reach Grass Island in Hong Kong
To reach Grass Island, you can take a ferry from Ma Liu Shui Ferry Pier which is near the University MTR Station. The ferry pier is around 10 minutes’ walk from the University MTR station. The ferry will take around 1 hour long to take you to the Grass Island.
The other route is to take a ferry from Wong Shek Pier which takes 20 to 30 minutes to reach Grass Island. To reach Wong Shek Pier, take bus no 94 from Sai Kung, or Bus no 96R from Diamond Hill MTR Station. Once you are at the Island, it is very easy to locate everything because the island is small and safe to wander around. You can visit the whole Island in 2 hours with easy walking.
7 Amazing Things to do in Grass Island Hong Kong
Tin Hau Temple of Grass Island
Tin Hau temple is the first attraction that visitors see when they reach at the Grass Island. The temple is dedicated for the worship of the God of War. The temple hosts huge celebrations every year from April to May. Tin Har Temple is around 400 years old and has an altar which is believed to be connected by a hidden tunnel to the Tap Mun Cave on the opposite shore of the island.
Hiking around the New Fishermen’s Village
New Fishermen’s Village is ideal for strolling around in the beautiful natural environment along the seashore. If you walk towards the shore from the Pier side, you will find a trail that passes through the Yung Shu Village and heads forward to a concrete path. This trail passes by the basketball court of New Fishermen’s Village and reaches to a pavilion. From here it becomes a coastal path which offers spectacular views of the sea and the Ko Lau Wan village on the opposite side of the coast. Moving forward from this point you can also view the hilltop of Sharp Peak behind the southern coast. After this the path starts ascending and takes you to the higher ground where you will reach at the green plateau along the beach side.
Balanced Rock in Grass Island
The Balanced Rock is a point where you can see two large rock-cubes piling up horizontally at the shore. You have to walk down from the plateau and follow a muddy path to reach this place.
Trail to Lung Keng Kan
If you are close to the football field, you will find a concrete trail along the right side of this field. This trail will take you up to the Dragon View Pavilion from where you will follow a muddy path until the junction. The left path will take you to Mau Ping Shan and the right path will take you to the Lung Keng Kan.
At the junction, you will turn right towards the small island of Kung Chau and will meet a small garden. You will see a larger green area after the garden and then an obscure path on the left after the larger green area. There are some ribbons which are marking this trail as a confirmation to move forward but soon the path will become steep. There are ropes installed to assist you at the steep path which will take you down to a spectacular pebble beach of Che Wan. At this point, on your right side will be the unique looking rock of Lung Keng Kan at the coast. You can climb the rocks and enjoy the beautiful views of the coastal area.
Mau Ping Shan
As we talked about the junction above on the same trail that leads to the Lung Keng Wan. You will take the other path opposite to the path that leads to Lung Keng Kan. After walking through a narrow-forested path, you will reach the main path to climb the Mau Ping Shan. This path will take you up through a grassy patch of land and leads you to the hill range pole. From the hilltop, you can have beautiful views of the Sharp Peak, Ko Lau wan and the Grass Island towards the south.
Sheung Wai Trail
This trail will start near the transmission cabin of the Island. You will walk towards the transmission cabin and take left before the cabin. Soon after you will find a concrete path towards the right side which will take you to a junction. You will take left from the junction where you will find a signpost to the pier. You will follow the path until you will see the Tin Hau Temple again.
Camping at Grass Island Hong Kong
Camping at this island is always a wonderful idea because the land is beautifully green at the camping site. The ground is flat, and the grassy floor is very nice for a good sleep at night. You will also have company of other campers especially during the weekends. There are also toilets and water sources to facilitate the campers. This is a great camping site in winters when the sun shines brightly on the meadows of Grass Island. To add the to the natural beauty, you will also have many friendly cows and bulls around you.
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