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Outlying Islands

Despite their close proximity to the metropolis that is Hong Kong, the nearby islands of the South China Sea have a relaxed, almost tropical feel far-removed from the fast-paced lifestyle of Hong Kong. Indeed, the waters of the South China Sea are filled with islands large and small, some with fishing villages, while others are home only to isolated beaches and coves where one can swim, wake-board, and sunbathe for hours with not a soul in sight.

Particularly noteworthy sights include Lantau Island's Giant Buddha, among the largest of its kind in the world; windsurfing at Big Wind Bay; and exploring the outlying islands of Hong Kong aboard your own Chinese junk.

Despite their close proximity to the metropolis that is Hong Kong, the nearby islands of the South China Sea have a relaxed, almost tropical feel far-removed from the fast-paced lifestyle of Hong Kong. Indeed, the waters of the South China Sea are filled with islands large and small, some with fishing villages, while others are home only to isolated beaches and coves where one can swim, wake-board, and sunbathe for hours with not a soul in sight.

Particularly noteworthy sights include Lantau Island's Giant Buddha, among the largest of its kind in the world; windsurfing at Big Wind Bay; and exploring the outlying islands of Hong Kong aboard your own Chinese junk.

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Junk Cruise

Spend the day exploring Hong Kong's outlying islands aboard your own luxurious, motorized Chinese junk — a type of boat traditional to the region. Dating back millennia and still in use today, the junk is a type of traditional wooden fishing boat whose innovative sail and hull designs would later influence Western shipbuilding.

Lamma Island

Spend the afternoon on Lamma Island, a traditional fishing island which doubles as an outpost for Hong Kong's creative, bohemian community. Explore the island's small communities which are linked only by a series of footpaths that cross lovely open hills with views over Hong Kong and the surrounding waters. End up in Yeung Shue Wan, where small boutiques, cafés and Western-style bars mix with traditional seafood and produce vendors.

Lantau Island

Spend time outdoors on Lantau Island, Hong Kong’s largest island, more than half of which is National Park land with popular hiking trails. A marine park off the north coast of the island was established to protect the water’s Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphins, which are more commonly known as Lantau’s “pink dolphins.”

Po Lin Monastery & Giant Buddha

While it was once but a small monastery tucked in the wilds of Lantau Island, Po Lin Monastery shot to prominence in 1993 after the construction of a giant Buddha statue, which measured 111 feet (34 meters). From the base of the statue, visitors can enjoy soaring views of the island and the surrounding seas; within the walls of Po Lin itself are a pleasant garden, as well as ornate Buddhist iconography.

Tung Lung Island

Stop on Tung Lung Island, which is largely uninhabited and protected as a special park region for its lovely landscape and great hiking and rock-climbing opportunities.

Windsurfing

From Tung Lung, sail up to Sai Kung peninsula and go windsurfing at the spectacular Big Wave Bay with its wide strand of beach and dramatic mountainous backdrop. Windsurfing is the only sport for which Hong Kong (independent of China) ever won an Olympic Medal, when Lee Lai-Shan took home gold from the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

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