Tung Ping Chau (東平洲) is one of the most remote islands in Hong Kong, located in the northeast corner of Hong Kong. Because it is very close to the border with Guaungdong Province of mainland China, it is once the center of smuggling rackets and the destination of “Hong Kong dreams” for the “swimmers” in the 50’s and 60’s.
The name “Ping Chau” means “flat island” in Chinese, reflecting that the island is very flat. It is also called Tung Ping Chau, the additional “Tung” helps distinguish the island from Peng Chau near Lantau.
Tung Ping Chau is unique in the fact that it is the only sizable island in Hong Kong that is made up of sedimentary rock. The basin of this island is formed after a series of major volcanoes erupted during the Jurassic Period.
One can get there by private boat, joining a local tour, or by ferry. The ferry to Tung Ping Chau is available only on Saturdays and Sundays, a 1 hour 40 minutes ride from Ma Liu Shui ferry pier, near Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Anytime in the year is feasible, yet, for a clear blue sky, I would recommend to visit on days when wind isn’t blown from the North to avoid the heavy smog created by the factories in mainland China.
There is no inn, hostel, or any other accommodation. If you want to stay overnight, bring a tent and camp there. There are people going to Tung Ping Chau for the sunrise.
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