Officially part of the New Territories, Hong Kong’s 260-odd Outlying Islands make up twenty percent of the SAR’s land area but contain just two percent of the population. As such, they offer visitors a delightful mix of seascape, low-key fishing villages and rural calm, with not much high-density development. The islands of Lamma and Cheung Chau are fairly small and easy to day-trip around, while Lantau has a far greater range of sights and might even demand a couple of visits. You can also make use of local accommodation and base yourself on any one of the three, or just hop over for an evening out at one of the many fish restaurants. The main point of departure for all three islands is the Outlying Islands Ferry Pier in Central; Lamma can also be reached by ferry from Aberdeen, while the MTR links a couple of places along Lantau’s north coast.
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