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Green & Blue in Hong Kong

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Many people know of the beautiful skline of Central, or the teaming multitudes of Kowloon, this report introduces the 60% green space in Hong Kong. A future report will cover other aspects of this city.


Junks ahoy!
Junks ahoy!
A refreshing side of Hong Kong can be found on a rented junk, cruising out of Victoria Harbour towards Sai Kung. The junk offers interesting views of the city, anlges not available to those on shore. Soon, you are among Hong Kong's 200+ islands, enjoying a sense of isolation that is rare in this 7 million+ city.

About 90 minutes into the trip, the junk pulls into a cove and it is time to enjoy swimming in crystal clear waters and sunbathing on the top deck, or after a swim to the golden sands of the shore. Later, it is off to a seafood restaurant on one of the islands, a fabulous lunch, and the cruise back to Queen's Pier, Central, on Hong Kong Island.

Similar trips may be had without renting a junk. Take the ferry to Lantau and trek (or better yet, bus) to the Big Buddha. A ferry to Lamma offers an easy hike around this small island that has a laid back character--and an herb farm with amazing fennel and rosemary cookies. Lamma is worth a report in iteself- when time permits.

Favourite spots:
Buy your lunch right from the fisherman. A restauratn will cook it for you.
Buy your lunch right from the fisherman. A restauratn will cook it for you.
Sai Kung town-boutiques, furnishings, seafood and proxiity to one of the largers parklands in Hong Kong. Clearwater Bay and Hebe Haven-green hills and blue waters, low density housing in - get this- houses!

What's really great:
In particular, it is the sense of peace amid green foliage and blue/turqiose waters so near to the frenetic bustle of one of the busiest cities on earth that is special.

Sights:
Kadorrie Farm - a botantical treat and bird sanctuary.

Accommodations:
Best views: Intercontinental, or for a more affordable stay, the YMCA Hotel (it's not your average Y!) in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Restaurants:
Too many! Sai Kung is famous for its seaside seafood restauants. For something more western, try Firenze, or stop by Appetito to nibble cheese and samle some Italian wone.

Published on Sunday June 26th, 2005


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Sat, Apr 10 2010 - 12:15 PM rating by sujoy

Nice to c tht buying fish from one and cooking by other.

Wed, Feb 28 2007 - 08:25 AM rating by marianne

good information about a popular city

Tue, Jun 28 2005 - 06:29 PM rating by picasso

Didn't know HK has more than 200 islands-very interesting report .
Thank you

Boris

Mon, Jun 27 2005 - 06:44 AM rating by rangutan

Quite a few new tips for Hong Kong.

Mon, Jun 27 2005 - 05:25 AM rating by davidx

Changes my impression of HK for the MUCH better. Just a bit more in some sections and it would be 5*

Sun, Jun 26 2005 - 08:52 PM rating by brucemoon

John

How did you go about booking a rented vessel? What were the prices, and do you know if one can rent a vessel to stay overnight?

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