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Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

After 5 years in Hong Kong I thought that I pretty much covered it all. Did most of the hiking trails, been to most of the local islands, did countless boat trips in all directions. What else could there possibly be that would surprise me? But, as it usually is with Hong Kong, there are always new places to explore, lots of hidden off-the-beaten track treasures, if you’re willing to look hard enough. Po Toi Island was truly an unexpected treat. Definitely one of the highlights of my last year in Hong Kong, above and beyond any expectations I had.

I took a one-hour weekend ferry from Aberdeen down to the south-east to arrive at this hike wonderland. I did not know how big the island would be and was therefore completely unprepared for its size. You can easily spend a whole day hiking around the island, and on a very hot day the inclines proved a special challenge to my flip-flops.

 

What’s so special about this island? Have a look for yourself…

 

Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

 Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

 

Anywhere you look, in every direction, there are panoramic vista views of some of the most beautiful nature scenery in the region. No skyscrapers, no roads, just nature. The only reminder that there are other people in the world comes from the passing shipping boats and yachts.

I first learned about this island from the lovely Anna Tam with her Journey to Hong Kong, and I suggest the Hong Kong Outdoors site for basic info on the island. Wikipedia indicates that 200 people live on this small island, and aside from one large seafood restaurant catering to the passing boat-trips and a few local ice-shops, there’s nothing there.

 

So, starting from Aberdeen…

 

Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

 Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

 

Taking the one hour boat-trip near Stanley…

 

Po Toi Island : Hong Kong 

Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

 Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

 Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

 

After arriving at the island, there’s a circular hiking path that takes about 4-5 hours…

 

Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

 

At the start and end of the hiking trail are some very basic local shops…

 

Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

 

And a famous seafood restaurant…

 

 Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

 Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

 

And aside from that, there is ofcourse the mandatory Matsu goddess of the sea temple…

 

 Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

 Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

 Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

 Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

 Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

 Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

 

If you’re in need of a map…

 

 

Location:

 

I took the ferry back to Stanley instead of Aberdeen, and on the weekends Stanley is very lively with many people walking across the British style promenade, so some great people watching over cold beer.

A terrific last Hong Kong hiking day, one to remember.

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