Glowing neon signs, luxurious shopping malls, posh apartment blocks and sprawling food courts all dot Hong Kong. But what is hidden behind this metropolitan veneer?
The combination of picturesque scenery, untouched nature and limitless expanses of grassland combine here to build a veritable paradise for nature enthusiasts. Travellers can take a stroll in the woods covered in waving weeds and grass, hop aboard the Nam Shan Wai ferry – the only river ferry in Hong Kong – and explore the area’s rich biodiversity, or just wallow in the out-of-town atmosphere afforded by these wetlands.
Dating back to the Shun Hei era of the Southern Song Dynasty, this fort was once the base of pirates during the Qing Dynasty and was occupied by Japan during World War II. Since smugglers brought salt from Lantau Island to Canto City and attacked the government, soldiers were sent there to re-fortify the position, and today old cannons and bulwarks illustrate its former tactical importance.
Tai O is home to the endangered Chinese white dolphin, so it’s the perfect spot for travellers longing to catch a glimpse of the elegant creature that cannot be found elsewhere in the world. The fishing village is also packed with interesting stilt houses (houses built above the water).
Hong Kong is renowned for its street food, but in most cases tourists only know about Mong Kok and miss out on the hidden snack paradise that is Kwai Chung Plaza. Aside from commonly found street foods, such as curry fish balls, squid tentacles and pig intestines, rare options like giant marshmallows, deep-fried ice cream and strawberry cream crepes are available.