Ping Chau, also called Tung Ping Chau to differentiate from Peng Chau, is a crescent-shaped island in Mirs Bay in Hong Kong's northeastern waters. It is the farthest flung island on this side of . The island is known for its rich marine ecosystem as well as its strange rock formations.
To protect and conserve its rich biodiversity, the Tung Ping Chau Marine Park was established in November 2001, making it the fourth Marine Park in Hong Kong. The marine park covers a sea area of about 270 hectares.
Collectively known as the Ping Chau Formations, the island's strange and interesting sedimentary rock formations provide spectacular scenic spots for tourists.
One of the island's most renowned rock formation is the Kang Lau Shek. These two unique vertical stacks of about 7-8 m located on the southeastern tip of the island is believed to have been formed by the long-term wave and weather erosion.
Lan Kwo Shui is a long vertical cliff with numerous caves along the island's southern coast. The caves were carved off the cliff by long term wave action. During low tide and in extra calm sea condition, Lan Kwo Shui can be reached by foot from Kang Lau Shek.
Another geographical marvel is called Lung Lok Shui which is located in the outer coast of the island, facing the southwest. It is a bed of long thick rock with triangular edge resembling a dragon's back extending into the sea, hence its name. The formation of rock in peculiar shape is the result of various resistance of different rock layers to erosion.
To get to Tung Ping Chau, take MTR East Rail and get off at the University Station, then walk for about 15 minutes to Ma Liu Shui Pier where ferry service to Tung Ping Chau is available during weekends:
Depart from Ma Liu Shui: Saturday 9:00am and 3:30pm; Sunday 9:00am.
Depart from Ping Chau: Saturday and Sunday 5:15pm
The normal boat traveling time is about 1 hour 40 minutes.