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5 places in Hong Kong with really weird names

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Jenny Leung
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Exploring in Hong Kong is a never-ending adventure. From venturing into neighbourhoods like Sham Shui Po and Tai Hang to heading out into nature on a secluded island or a hiking trail, you're gauranteed to discover something new every time – like these places with real peculiar names! How many of these places below have you heard of or even been? 

RECOMMENDED: Get into more weirdness and check out these confusing street names that will have you completely puzzled.

5 places in Hong Kong with really weird names

Unicorn Ridge 雞胸山

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Those who are regular hikers would probably be familiar with the Unicorn Ridge trail – but why unicorn? Is there some magical unicorn portal out there that we don't know about? Even if you don't think Unicorn Ridge is a weird name, its Chinese name will definitely have you puzzled as it is literally translated as 'chicken breast mountain' in Cantonese. Unicorns and chickens aside, this oddly named peak offers sweeping views of the surrounding area. It's a must-visit for hikers who are looking to try something a little different.

Kau Shi Wai 狗屎圍
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Kau Shi Wai 狗屎圍

'Dog shit village' – sorry, we're not being rude, that's just the translated name of a village in Fung Yuen, Tai Po. Well, a former name. You may be sniggering at the name but the villagers found it far from funny when the village name started to attract attention from city dwellers. Eventually, in 2014, the village name was changed after the Tai Po District Council received a letter from a Fung Yuen village representative complaining that the name was embarrassing. Eventually, the village name was changed and is now called Fung Mei Wai (鳯美圍).

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Ngau Shi Wu 牛屎湖

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Speaking of faeces, how does 'cow turd lake' sound? Nestled on the coast of Sam A Tsuen in northeast New Territories, Ngau Shi Wu directly translates to 'cow turd lake'. But thankfully, the name of this place is the only thing that's unpleasant. On your way to the lake, there's also an abandoned village of the same name to explore. Rumour has it though, that the village is haunted, that's why its people abandoned it. Whether that's true or not, we can't confirm, but it is definitely a fascinating area to explore.

Wu Lei Kiu 狐狸叫

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Located on the edge of Sai Kung East Country Park, Wu Lei Kiu is a quiet mountain that loosely translates to 'fox call'. It is believed that there were once many different species of wildlife such as lynxes and Chinese ferret-badgers roaming the hills, which many people had mistaken for foxes. Thus, the name Wu Lei Kiu was born. Head up to the mountain yourself, and perhaps then, you'll find out what the fox actually says.

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Mai Fan Teng 米粉頂

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Out of all the quirky names we've listed, this is the one place that we really wish was true to its name. Mai Fan Teng, or 'rice noodle peak' in Cantonese, is a hiking trail that many would pass through when taking on Sharp Peak in Sai Kung. Offering a different but equally beautiful view as Sharp's Peak, Mai Fan Teng should be on every hiker's bucket list.

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