Last Updated on June 3, 2021 by queenie mak
One of the best things to do in Hong Kong is to explore the outlying islands in the Island District. There are a few favourites among the tourist routes including Lamma Island and Cheung Chau.
Most people may not know about Peng Chau, a small island off the coast of Lantau Island and has an area of 0.99 square kilometres and a perimeter of 5km.
But I think Peng Chau Island is the perfect day trip destination for anyone who wants to get off the beaten path. In one day, you can hike around the island by following the walking trail, see secluded beaches, admire temples and see panoramic views from different parts of the island.
Learn how you can see all the best things to do in Peng Chau by following my efficient one-day itinerary. Keep reading and I’ll show you all the details.
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What you need to know before spending a day in Peng Chau in Hong Kong
Before you hop on the ferry to Peng Chau, take a look at my Hong Kong solo travel guide. I included a lot of useful travel information and other Hong Kong attractions.
Here are few additional tips for going to Peng Chau for the day:
- Get an Octopus Card, a rechargeable smartcard for taking public transportation and use it for taking the ferry to and from Peng Chau. It costs $100HKD, but you can use $50 stored value and get your $50HKD refundable deposit when you leave HK.
- You can comfortably see the entire Peng Chau Island in 1 day.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes, water and a camera.
- There are no cars on Peng Chau so walking or riding a bicycle is the only way to get around the island.
How to get to Peng Chau Island
From Central to Peng Chau
The most common way to get to Peng Chau is by taking the Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry (HKKF) from Central Pier No.6.
- HKKF Ferry: from Central Pier No.6 to Peng Chau
- Time: 40 minutes (from 7:00 am to 11:30 pm)
- Cost: $16.6HKD (Monday to Saturday), $23.9HKD (Sundays and Public Holidays) (use Octopus Card)
- Check: HKKF website for ferry timetable and cost
From Cheung Chau to Peng Chau
There are inter-island ferries that can take you to Peng Chau as well. The inter-island ferries take passengers from Cheung Chau via Chi Ma Wan and Mui Wo and finally, to Peng Chau. The ferries are not as frequent so make sure to check the schedule before you plan your day.
- Sun Ferry: from Cheung Chau to Chi Ma Wan to Mui Wo to Peng Chau
- Time: 50 minutes
- Cost: $14.00HKD (use Octopus Card)
- Check: Sun Ferry website for ferry timetable and cost
Peng Chau Ferry Schedule
There is a comprehensive Peng Chau ferry timetable in front of Central Pier No.6, and it looks like the photos below. Make sure to take a photo of the schedule so you’ll have an idea when you will take the ferry going back to Central.
For the latest schedule and cost, check the HKKF website for more information.
And if you are interested in the schedule for the inter island ferries, there is a complete schedule in front of Central Pier No.5. It looks like this:
Best things to do in Peng Chau in 1 day
The best way to see Peng Chau in 1 day is to walk around the island in a clockwise direction.
Starting from Peng Chau Ferry Pier, walk north on Peng Chau Family Trail, around the perimeter of the northern end of the island. Then after a lunch break, explore the south part of the island by following the Peng Chau Family Trail to the summit of Finger Hill. Continue hiking the path on the south part of Peng Chau until you return to the pier.
I pinned all the major attractions in Peng Chau on the interactive map below. I also numbered them so you can easily follow the places throughout the day. There is also an explanation for each of the places below in my blog post.
1. Tin Hau Temple
Once you get off the ferry, head straight for Tin Hau Temple. Many people come to this small red temple and pray for safety and good fortune at sea.
And you may notice that there are many “Tin Hau Temples” in Hong Kong. They are dedicated to Tin Hau, a Chinese sea goddess, which is why there are many Tin Hau temples around the outlying islands of HK, including Peng Chau and Lamma Island.
And the temple is very festival around the Tin Hau Festival, which falls on the 23rd of March in the lunar calendar. There are performances and parades which are organized by the Peng Chau Rural Committee.
2. Golden Flower Shrine (Kam Fa Temple)
Kam Fa Temple or Golden Flower Shrine is not very far from Tin Hau Temple. You’ll want to see this colourful temple with decorative dragon columns and a golden statue.
Built in 1762 under a big Banyan tree, the temple was built in honour of the Lady Golden Flower, or Goddess Kam Fa, who grants wishes to those who worship her, especially for couples who wish to choose the gender of their unborn babies.
If you can, visit the shrine on the 17th day of the fourth month in the lunar calendar. It is the Lady Golden Flower Festival where there are performances with dragons and lion dances.
3. Seventh Sister Temple
After visiting the two temples, there is one more temple to visit before taking a short and easy hike around Peng Chau Island. You’ll have to walk along the pedestrian walkway on the west side of the island and pass a small park. The Seven Sisters Temple is just east of the park.
Built in 1954, the Seven Sisters Temple is actually a cluster of temples and arches. It is said that the temple is dedicated to the seven Hakka girls who became sworn sisters and agree never to marry. Couples who want children visit the Seven Sisters Temple and pray for fertility.
4. Tai Lei Island Pier
Tai Lei Island is a very small island connected to Peng Chau by Peng Lei Road. There isn’t much to see on the island – there is a sewage treatment plant and that’s about it.
But I think it’s worthwhile to walk across Peng Lei Road to take in a different view of Peng Chau and the surrounding area. Plus, you will see a lot of locals fishing here.
5. Hike Peng Yu Path around the north end of Peng Chau Island
The day hike starts at the sign where it is pointing to Peng Yu Path. When you follow this trail, it will take you across the north part of Peng Chau Island where you will see several beaches and rock formations.
Peng Yu Path or Peng Yu Footpath is an easy trail lining the north end of the island. The path later becomes Peng Yu Walking Path which crisscrosses through Peng Chau Island and eventually takes you up to the highest point, Finger Hill. More on that later.
Visit three secluded beaches
Along Peng Yu Path, there are several secluded beaches. There aren’t any official names for these beaches (as far as I know). But I really like how these beaches are so clean and empty.
The second secluded beach has these stone formations in the shape of a heart. Initially, I thought it was a one-off thing, but when I went back to Peng Chau Island a few months later, they were still there. In fact, there were more! I guess people really appreciate little gestures like this and want to keep these hearts around.
And from these beaches, you can see Discovery Bay and Hong Kong Disneyland in the distance. And to the far right, you can even see Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.
6 & 7. Snoopy Rock and Old Fisherman’s Rock
Keep walking along Peng Yu Path until you reach a resting area with a set of stairs going down to another beach. Walk down the stairs and find two special rocks.
First, you’ll see the Snoopy Rock. I didn’t take a good photo of the rock so it doesn’t really look like Snoopy. If you walk around on the left side of the rock, it will resemble more like the cartoon character.
Continue walking around Snoopy Rock and you’ll see another rock at the edge of the water. This is the Old Fisherman’s Rock. At the spot along the beach, you can see more of Hong Kong’s skyline (even though it is quite far and small).
Visit another secluded beach
Get back on Peng Yu Path and continue walking. From this point moving forward, the path becomes Peng Chau Family Walk (just in case you are wondering if you are looking at Google Maps).
When you pass the pagoda, there is a trail that goes down to another secluded beach. This beach, however, is much smaller and is not as clean as the previous beaches. But it is still worth checking out.
8. Tung Wan Beach
Continue walking on Peng Chau Family Walk. The trail will lead you across several villages. Then after about 20 minutes or so, you will arrive at the edge of Tung Wan Beach. At the perpendicular intersection, turn right and the path will lead you to Tung Wan Beach.
Tung Wan Beach is a much bigger beach – bigger than all of the beaches you’ve visited along Peng Yu Path. Day trippers come to this beach for sunbathing and swimming. There is also a barbecue area on the north side of the beach.
9. Lung Mo Temple (Yuet Lung Sing Yuen)
Directly next to Tung Wan Beach is the red and gold Lung Mo Temple.
Also known as “Yuet Lung Sing Yuen“, the temple is dedicated to the Dragon Mother, who is the Goddess of Water. The temple houses a Lung Mo statue and a “dragon bed“. It is said that you will have good luck if you touch this dragon bed.
And the temple gets a bit more festive during the Dragon Mother’s birthday, which is on the 8th day of the 5th month on the lunar calendar. Might be worth visiting Peng Chau during this celebration?
10. Leather Factory
During the 1930s, Peng Chau had two leather factories in the centre of the island. The industry was booming until the operation was ceased by the Japanese Occupation. And since the introduction of plastic leather, the demand for leather declined greatly and the factories were eventually closed.
The factory site is located at the back of Wing On Street. And the factories are mostly one-storey buildings with traditional Chinese vernacular architecture.
Today, the old factory buildings are designated as historical buildings and many of the buildings are converted to a coffee shop, an antique shop, and other retail outlets.
Art installations in the junkyard
A big part of the Leather Factory is an outdoor art installation. It looks like many random pieces of materials are put together and displayed in a junkyard.
The art pieces and space itself change constantly so if you have seen the art installations before, you might want to go back again and see what is added to the junkyard.
11. The town of Peng Chau – Wing On Street
Before heading off for some lunch, walk around the town of Peng Chau and see some of the quirky decorations and colourful murals around the Leather Factory and on Wing On Street, which is one of the main roads on the island.
And also browse around the little streets in the town where you can see local shops selling all kinds of food and knick-knacks.
12 & 13. Lunch at Kee Sum Cafe or Hoho Kitchen
For lunch, there are several excellent restaurants in Peng Chau.
Kee Sum Cafe has been around since 1970. Many people visit Peng Chau for their prawn toast. And I have to say, it is quite good. Order a milk tea with red bean, which is also one of their popular items. There might be a long queue but don’t worry, it moves quickly.
Or try Hong Kong-styled food at HoHo Kitchen. Everything looks good on the menu especially the pineapple bun and ice cream. I haven’t seen that combo anywhere else in Hong Kong. Definitely worth a try!
Kee Sum Cafe: Shop B, 3 Wing On Street | 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (except Mondays)
HoHo Kitchen: 29 Wing On Street | 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
14. Hike Peng Chau Family Trail up Finger Hill
Continue walking on Peng Chau Family Trail and explore the highest point and the southern part of the island.
First, you’ll have to meander through the small town and find the Peng Chau Playground, which is close to Kee Sum Cafe. There is a small path with many signages. Walk through the small alley, walk past the public toilet and go up the stairs.
The path will lead you to a set of stairs that goes all the way up to Finger Hill.
There are only 355 steps up to the top of Finger Hill. When you take a break halfway up the stairs, turn around and look back at the view. It is quite gorgeous!
At the summit, there is a pagoda where you can take a bit of rest and enjoy the view. At 312 feet, you can see Lamma Island, HK Disneyland, Discovery Bay and Tsing Ma Bridge. If you reach the top around late afternoon, you might want to stay for sunset.
When you are ready to move forward, follow the set of stairs next to the triangulation station. The set of stairs will lead you to the next destination on the itinerary.
15. Ngan Chau Tsai Pavilion
Walk down the flight of stairs until you reach the bottom. Turn right and follow the path until you see a small road on the left. The small road will lead to Ngan Chau Tsai Pavilion.
The lookout pavilion is the most easterly point of Peng Chau Island. And at this pavilion, you can see an excellent view of Hong Kong’s skyline.
Viewing platform and Ngan Chau Island
There is a path right next to Ngan Chau Tsai Pavilion. Follow the path and it will lead you to a viewing platform and a small beach.
On the viewing platform, it is another opportunity to see views of HK on the east side of Peng Chau Island. And right in front of you is a small uninhabitable island called Ngan Chau Island. I’m not sure what the function is but I did see people at the edge of the island. And I wondered, how did they get there?
16. Southern pier and see another secluded beach
The one-day Peng Chau tour doesn’t end just yet. Get back on the main road and continue walking down the paved road.
In about 10 minutes or so, another secluded beach will peek through on the left side. There is also a pier at this beach, although I’m not sure if any boats dock here since most boats go to the main ferry pier.
17. Yuen Tung Monastery
When you are ready to get back to the starting point, find the set of stairs next to the main road. Walk up the stairs and follow the path. Keep following the path and the signs.
Walk past Peng Chau Garden of Remembrance, which is a decorative entrance to a memorial park. There isn’t much to see there so continue walking along the path.
And soon after, you’ll arrive at Yuen Tung Monastery. There are several Buddhas in the small Buddhist monastery but it was closed when I was there. Hopefully, it will be open when you go.
18. Nam Wan
From Yuen Tung Monastery, continue on the downhill path and turn left and walk downhill. At the end of the downhill path, you will pass several low-rise residential buildings. At the end of the path, turn left and head over to the beach at Nam Wan.
Nam Wan (translation: South Bay), is the residential neighbourhood you just walked past and the surrounding area. Perhaps the best part of Nam Wan is the beach because it is the perfect spot for watching the sunset.
19. Seaside promenade
Continue walking along the seaside promenade and make your way back towards the Peng Chau Ferry Pier. I quite like this pedestrian promenade because there is so much to see and the walk is quite relaxing.
20 & 21. Coffee at Chill Chill Country or Island Table Grocer Cafe
And if you are a big coffee lover like me, then you would want to visit one of these coffee shops in Peng Chau.
Chill Chill Country sells various wellness products, including incense, candles, Palo Santo and CBD products. You can also get an excellent dirty coffee or espresso tonic. They have a pay what you want system for their coffees. Feel free to pay what you like, but small businesses always appreciate the support.
Island Table Grocer Cafe opened in 2020 and serves homemade pastries, pizzas, and coffee. Enjoy a latte inside the coffee shop or outside in the patio area.
Chill Chill Country: 21 Wing On Street | 11:00 am to 7:00 pm (Closed Wednesdays)
Island Table Grocer Cafe: 9 Wing Hing Street | 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (Wednesday to Friday), 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Saturdays and Sundays)
22. Peng Chau Ferry Pier
And finally, after a day of exploring Peng Chau Island, walk to Peng Chau Ferry Pier and catch the next ferry back to Central Pier. Check the ferry schedule at the beginning of the post and note the ferry timetable for when you want to return back to Hong Kong Island.
Are you ready to explore Peng Chau in Hong Kong?
I hope so because I really enjoyed spending the day in Peng Chau. As much as I like exploring Lamma Island and Cheung Chau, I really enjoyed seeing a smaller island like Peng Chau because I can leisurely see everything in one day.
And if you follow my one-day itinerary, you too can see all the best of Peng Chau in the most efficient way.
If you have any other questions, leave a comment below!