Escaping the Stress of Hong Kong Life in Tung Ping Chau
Camping might not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of Hong Kong, but like any city worth its salt, Hong Kong has its wild places, too—beyond the clubs of Lan Kwai Fong. Tung Ping Chau, the most remote island in the archipelago, is as far-flung as Hong Kong gets. In contrast with the stark igneous rock that forms other islands, Tung Ping Chau consists of a stripy wonderland of sedimentary rock, the strata cast about in dramatic abstract arrangements. Local legends explain the geological anomaly as the scaly remains of ancient dragons who got out of hand and were slain by the gods. Whether you're a geologist, a folklorist, or just looking for an escape from urban life, the island makes an ideal weekend getaway (ferry only runs on weekends and holidays) and for the intrepid, offers seaside campsites. Make dinner on the beach while the sun sets. The island’s bizarre, tilted rock formations make excellent trekking, along with tidal pools full of marine life and sea caves that would cheer any pirate. Just don’t miss the return ferry Sunday afternoon—or you’ll spend the rest of the week as a castaway. Not a bad thought, come to think of it.