Lantau Island (Camping for CNY)

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! If you didn't already know, this year celebrates the year of the Dog. Does that mean I now can adopt about a billion dogs please? As the public holidays have come to a close I am now back at work, making sure I work as hard as ever!

This break was greatly needed and there is something about Chinese New Year that gets me rather emotional. This was the first time in 10 years that I got to join the celebrations back home (rather than a visit to some form of China Town and hoped to catch a glimpse of the Lion Dance.)

Other than watching my village display their firecrackers and parade their own little Lion Dance from my rooftop, I also had the fortunate chance to go for a camping trip on one of Hong Kong's beautiful islands.

Lantau Island is very well known for it's tourist attractions and lovely views (the further south you go). It's not only home to the infamous Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery in Ngong Ping, Lantau is also home to some wonderful hiking and camping trails that blow your mind and are absolutely worth the visit if you want to step out of the city and more into Hong Kong's natural views.

We decided to venture quite far out for our camping trip to a little area called Lo Kei Wan. To get to this haven, there are several options to chose from however, I will be talking about the way we chose which is both scenic and easy peasy lemon squeezy. If you ever get the chance, I recommend taking a ferry in Hong Kong. Not only is it incredibly cheap, it's accessible in Central, TST AND who doesn't want to overlook the sea? In Central, Pier 6, take the next Mui Wo Ferry which takes approximately 30 mins to dock. This is where you get to see Hong Kong and it's open sea views - a thought not many people have when they think of Asia's Manhattan.

Here, you'll reach a little area that is known for it's small restaurants ranging from Indonesian to Mexican cuisine. The bus terminus is not hard to miss. The Bus #1 to Tai O is the coach you want to catch. Now, at this point it's up to you where you want to get off on the main road, but for ourselves, we were on the bus for another 30 mins before we got off and it was only a short walk to a side road which then led to the path towards Lo Kei Wan. Google Maps is your friend at this point. Eventually you'll hit a sign post that points to your right for Lo Kei Wan, and afterwards some rocky stairs to go down. Follow it until you hit beach and voila!

"Welcome to a lovely bit of paradise."

Camping is always a bit of fun and if you've never done it before - I definitely think everyone should try it at least once in a lifetime. What made me fall in love with this spot is it's isolation from everything else and there is nothing quite like listening to the sounds of waves when you wake up in the morning. It's pretty much impossible for myself to have a lie in. I never can do it. When I'm at home, it's a little frustrating. However, I was grateful on this camping trip as I got to be the one who enjoyed dusk whilst sitting myself on a rock by the sea.

We ended the Chinese New Year weekend with a trip to Discovery Bay. On your way back from Lo Kei Wan, from the main road, I'd recommend taking a couch to Tung Chung and then another bus to Discovery Bay. Here, you'd be grateful to find sit down toilets and a bunch of restaurants by the sea and even a less secluded public beach to end the day.
Lantau Island, Hong Kong