Sam's Exotic Photos of Ping Chau Island, Hong Kong
Ping Chau is one of the few remote islands easily accessible by public transport. About 10 km. from the Hong Kong mainland and fairly close to the coast of China, the island attracts a fair number of visitors on weekends. Ping Chau is formed from layers of volcanic and sedimentary rock tilting down to the sea on the east coast and upwards forming low cliffs on the west coast. The main attraction are the beaches, which are unfortunately as rubbish-strewn as those anywhere else in Hong Kong, although the water is clear enough for swimming. The island is part of the Plover Cove Country Park and there is a well-maintained and fairly easy path around the island.
On weekends, there are a few small restaurants open which are run by people who take the ferry over for the weekend, as the village has not been inhabited since the 1960's, when all the residents left as there is no electricity or drinkable water. There is supposedly one remaining resident who lives on the far side of the island.
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