Geological wonder at Tung Ping ChauTung Ping Chau, Hong Kong
Hong Kong has plenty of natural beauty to explore and an ideal starting place to get acquainted is Tung Ping Chau with its stunning sedimentary rocks that jut out from its coastline.
We're all acquainted with the bustling Hong Kong but Tung Ping Chau is a universe away from all of that. A part of Hong Kong’s UNESCO Global Geopark, Tung Ping Chau is a geomorphologist's dream with 6.5 million year old rock features and structures made of fossils.
Follow the trail around the island and check out Ken Lau Shek and rock pools (look out for crabs, sea urchin, and sea hares). Move on to Lung Lok Shui (dragon falling into water) where a 100-metre-long band of jutting rocks made up of bedded dolomitic and calcareous siltsto looks as though a dragon is making its way down into the ocean. Photo opportunities galore here.
Cham Ken Chau (Chopped Head Isle) is a gorge that was originally attached to the island, and has broken free with erosion, creating a natural corridor. If you descend the slope you'll be rewarded with stunning views of boundless ocean. There's also two historic taoist temples, Tin Hau and Tam Tai Sin both highlighting typical architectural characteristics of the Qing Dynasty.
For your final stop, sit down with you packed lunch at Cheung Sha Wan Beach and cool off with a paddle in the clear water. On your way back to the pier, you can stop by and see if you can hustle up a hot meal, fresh seafood dishes, snacks or a cold drink.
- Marvelling at the 6.5 million year old rock features and structures
- Walking the trail and exploring Ken Lau Shek and Lung Lok Shui
- The two historic taoist temples Tin Hau and Tam Tai Sin
- Cooling off at Cheung Sha Wan Beach
- There is nowhere to buy food or drinks along most parts of the route, so stock up before setting out. Meals are available on weekends and public holidays at Tai Tong Village near the pier.