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Po Toi - The stunning southern most tip of Hong Kong

- By Shounak Mondal   .   May 13, 2018   .   

Hong Kong - March 2018

One of the fascinating things about Hong Kong is that you will never run out of islands to explore. One such island is Po Toi. It is the southern most tip of Hong Kong and is easily visited in a one day tour. 

 

 

Top view of one of many large fishing vessels near the sea.

What sounds like just another island of Hong Kong, Po Toi is actually one of the most interesting islands in Hong Kong.

First of all, it is very picturesque with deep blue sea all around, rocky cliffs and even a few pristine beaches. While is beauty of the island is captivating, there are a few eerie tales about Po Toi. 

On 5 May 2014, a cargo ship and a container ship collided off the island on a stormy night with poor visibility. It resulted in the sinking of the cargo ship. All but one of the cargo ship's 12-man crew were left missing and presumed dead; a rescue operation was conducted by Chinese authorities, and a fishing vessel rescued one man who was the ship's sole survivor. 

As we hike through the cliff edges, we see several burrial tombs. Some of them are emply. Now it could be that they have never been used, or what if they were indeed used - Why were they emplty ??

The islsnd is also famous for its rock formations - One of the rocks is shaped like a coffin and another is shaped like a human hand.

There is a deserted mansion of Family Mo built in the 1930s is in ruins now and its referred to as the "Haunted House"

 

This bright coloured pathway is the shortest route to go to the edge of the island to the lighthouse.

 

A tiny little but pristine beach on route.

 

On a clear day, the torqoise blue waters shine and rocks can be seen through the clear waters.

 

 

 

 

Walking on the edge of the cliff near the lighthouse. This spot is a popular overnight camping spot. 

 

At the edge of the island. This would be technically the suthern most tip of Hong Kong. I noticed that my phone had switched to international roaming at this point !

Po Toi can be reached by taking a ferry from Stanley pier. There are scheduled large but slow ferries to the island which takes about an hour of sailing to reach. One of the must do's is eat lunch at a beach side restaurant that serves great sea food and drinks. To get here, turn left as you get down the ferry and wallk for about five minutes. There are only a handful of people who live in the island. 

 

Our Hiking Route

Written By Shounak Mondal

Lives in Hong Kong. Avid traveler ( 30+ countries and counting ), amateur photographer and writer Discovers purpose and meaning in life through travel.

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