Last weekend Baby P, Peter, and I went camping on one of Hong Kong’s many islands – Tung Lung Chan. The weather was cloudy and grey the week before and the weather wasn’t looking much better for the weekend. Luckily, rain or shine, Peter and I both still wanted to make the trip and so did another friend of ours.
Camping Tung Lung Chau
How to Get There
On Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holidays you can take a ferry from either the Shau Kei Wan Typhoon Shelter in Sai Wan Ho (Hong Kong Island) or Sam Ka Tsuen Ferry Pier (Kowloon).
For the latest ferry schedule, check the Hong Kong transport website here. If you hop on from Sai Wan Ho, it’ll be HK$55, from Sam Ka Tsuen it’ll cost only HK$25.
To get to Tung Lung Chau we were in a rush to get the 3:15 ferry from Sai Wan Ho and the 3 of us opted to take a sampan instead. You’ll see dozens of these smaller local boats docked at the typhoon shelter and you can negotiate and ask one of the boat owners to take you over to the island.
Once you arrive on the island, it’s a short 15-20 min hike (depending on the ferry pier you arrive on) to the designated camp site. Here you’ll find a faucet with running stream water, dry (non flushable) toilets, fire pits, recycling and trash bins, benches, and tables.
It’s a pretty sweet set up, but you can also just hike around the island a bit and find another open space to set up camp if you don’t mind being further away from the amenities (the campsite bathrooms left much to be desired anyways).
On the island is the Tung Lung Chau Fort which is a Qing Dynasty Fort used to defend the island from pirates and an ancient rock carving. What I found more impressive were the beautiful views. If it’s this nice on a cloudy day, I can only imagine the scenery in the sun. We didn’t do much hiking because my pregnant legs and lungs were tired, but I can’t wait to get back and explore more of the island.
There are 4-5 small family run restaurants on the island. You can stock up on water or beer for your camp site or grab a bowl of noodles and a cup of tea. We skipped the food, and packed our own but bring cash with you just in case.
On the menu for me? A chewy baguette, spicy sausages, chips and hummus followed by lots and lots of marshmallows and s’mores.
Our friend also packed a bunch of Muji instant food packets which ended up being a genius idea that we intend to copy in the future since Peter was happily dipping his baguette in butter chicken sauce and sipping hot tom yum soup and rooibos chai lattes.
We had a great time! The weather held out and apart from a quick sprinkle after we first set up our tents– we had no rain until after we took the morning ferry back to civilisation. A successful trip and we’re hoping to get back to Tung Lung Chau again before summer comes.
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