Wish to spend a quiet day undisturbed by noisy crowds then Peng Chau, a small island just 0.99 square km off the north eastern coast of Lantau Island Hong Kong is the place. With its slow paced island lifestyle, affordable restaurants serving basic fare, many small temples, quiet streets, a rustic beach and no noise pollution, it is an ideal place to start a carefree day of island hopping or just whiling away the day taking in the surrounding countryside.

The highest point of the island is Finger Hill with a height of 95 meters that provides hiking opportunities to those interested in some vigorous activity and a pavilion that provides a panoramic view over the island across the Adamasta Channel toward Cheung Chau and of attraction such as Discovery Bay, Hong Kong Disneyland and South Hong Kong Island. The main mode of transport on the island is by bicycle or simply walking. Some parts of the island still has a rural feel particularly in Tai Wo and Nam Wan which have woods and where the islanders indulge in organic farming.

Close to the pier are narrow shopping streets and a covered market. A promenade runs along the south west coast of the island. On the North East side of the island is a pleasant sandy beach. A common sound while traversing around the area is the lapping of the waves and the clatter of mahjong tiles coming from the nearby houses Flecked with fishing boats, the bay here allows one to watch sunsets on the beach and enjoy good wine and cheese served on the sunny terrace of the French owned bar and café near the pier.

The island has a heritage trail covering historical sites and building of cultural importance. These include the remains of the Great China March Factory that employed most of the islands people, a Ming Dynasty stone tablet, old lime kilns and ancestral halls. Many traditional stories and legends are attached to each of these sites. The island is accessible by ferry from the mainland.

Offering stylish and trendy spaces to suit a range of travelers, Cosmo Hotel with has a choice of comfortable and contemporary accommodation, modern amenities and facilities for a hassle free stay in a very busy city. The 4 Star Hotel Hong Kong is located between the shopping district of Causeway Bay and the commercial district of Wan Chai and a few minutes’ walk from Times Square and has convenient access to transport routes making it one of the best places to stay in the city. With the hip in house restaurant and bars attracting a cosmopolitan crowd with their eclectic selection of food and drink this Hong Kong boutique hotel has achieved an enviable reputation as the place to stay in a city full of great hotels.

Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.



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