Famed for its annual bun-climbing festival, giant fishballs, and being the hometown of windsurfing Olympian Lee Lai-shan, Cheung Chau is one of Hong Kong’s most popular outlying islands. Just a short ferry ride away from Central, this vehicle-free island is highly walkable and teeming with Taoist temples, dried seafood shops, and snack stands. Artsy types are sure to enjoy the surprisingly high concentration of indie lifestyle stores, while families can amble or cycle along easy walking trails.
Hong Kong may be internationally known for its unique combination of glitz, glamour, and grittiness; but long-time residents know that there’s a lot more to the city than just skyscrapers and neon-drenched streets. One of the biggest benefits of living in an archipelago – most of which remains undeveloped land (for now) – is that a serene beach or scenic hike is never more than a hop, skip, or ferry ride away. Just check out these one-day getaway options!