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Average hiking time: 3 hours | Distance: About 5 km | Difficulty: Fairly Easy
The easternmost island of Hong Kong is formed entirely of sedimentary rocks with a variety of marine abrasion landforms along its coast. The shores of this level island are decorated with colourful laminations of top rock shale and many other natural wonders.
Included in the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, Tung Ping Chau is an esteemed museum of geomorphology. Follow the simple trail around the island for a tour of its most popular attractions.
At the end of Tung Ping Chau Public Pier you'll find a sizeable public washroom, with the only flush toilets on the island. If you take a look around the pier, you’ll see corals and fish among the rocks under the limpid water of A Ma Wan.
Note: Mobile network coverage on the island is weak, and your phone may be connected to Mainland China networks instead. Switch off mobile data during the ferry ride to avoid unexpected roaming costs.
Walk left along the beach of A Ma Wan. As you enjoy the sea breeze and the sound of waves lapping the shore, keep an eye out for the amazing rock features here: wave-carved shale, iron-rich rocks weathered to resemble chequerboards, and stromatolitic structures made of fossils of cyanobacteria, just to name a few.
At the easternmost tip of Tung Ping Chau, a pair of two-storey-high sea stacks majestically stand on a wave-cut platform, like the island’s watchtowers. During low tide, the platform becomes an intertidal paradise for small fish, urchins and various shellfish.
Return to the trail and walk for 30 minutes until you see a 100-metre-long band of rocks stretching off the coast from the hillside. With its triangular edges, it looks as though a dragon is making its way down into the ocean. This unique landform is carved from differential wave erosion of two rock layers.
Continue on the trail in the woods until the view broadens. Descend the slope carefully, and you will be greeted by the boundless ocean and distinctively stratified shale bed, with Cham Keng Chau on your right. The spur, originally attached to the island, broke off from continuous erosion, and a natural corridor took shape. Walk along the passage between the sharp cliffs and enjoy the refreshing cool breeze.
Most of the villagers on Tung Ping Chau have moved out, but some of them return to the island during weekends and public holidays to run stalls for day-trippers. On your way back to the pier, you can stop by and see if any are open for a hot meal, fresh seafood dishes, snacks or cool drinks.
From MTR University Station, Exit B, take a taxi to Ma Liu Shui Ferry Pier and board a ferry. The journey takes around 1.5 hours. This ferry service operates only on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
Board a ferry at Tung Ping Chau Public Pier. There is only one ferry back to Ma Liu Shui each day, so don’t miss it. This ferry service operates only on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
For the ferry service schedule, please refer to the Transport Department website.