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Any good relatively cheap day trips from Hong Kong? Maybe to an island or another country? I'll be there in early February. Thanks!

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    Plenty of areas inside HK, but out of city center to explore for a day or part of a day. Including, but not limited to the islands.

    To go outside of HK, unless you have a Chinese visa already, the only place that makes sense is Macau.

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    I agree with Ray. There are plenty of places to go, including other islands within Hong Kong. If you must go to another country, choose Macau. Going into mainland China requires an expensive visa.

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    The following areas are all part of Hong Kong and make for good day trips. They are reachable via ferry, subway or bus:

    1. Lantau Island – Big Buddha, great walks, Tai O fishing village, temples, great beaches

    2. Lamma Island – very nice easy walk between Yung Shue Wah where the ferry drops you off, and Sok Kwu Wan, where you can get the ferry back ,seafood restaurants. Can be combined with a visit to Aberdeen.

    3. Tung Lung Island – ferries only on weekends and public holidays, but great walks, deserted with a wild feel to it that you don’t get in many places here; lovely boat trip down over to it (bring a picnic), can be combined with exploring So Sai Wan which has the Museum of Coastal Defense, temples and a restaurant strip along the water

    4. Poi To Island – limited weekday ferries, more frequent on on weekends and public holidays, but great walks, deserted, great water views; lovely ferry trip down to it (bring a picnic or stay in Stanley for a meal afterwards)

    5. Cheung Chai Island– ferries run on all days, “pirate” cave, temple seafood restaurants, some easy walks.

    6. Shek O Beach (Hong Kong Island) – on a weekday you would have this place pretty much to yourself; there is a little village and some temples and some good restaurants. You can do the Dragon’s Back Walk first. Big Wave Bay is another thought and can be combined with Shek O, you can in fact walk from the end of the Dragon’s Back down to Big Wave Bay. In Feb, temps will be too cool to swim, but on a sunny day, the beaches are very pleasant just to sit on.

    7. Sai Kung New Territories – lots of choices here, from just seafood and a walk along the esplanade in Sai Kung town, or an easy or difficult walk in the nearby Sai Kung Country Park. You can hire a boat and go out into the waters nearby for great views, or go to the geopark a bit further out. You can go out on a kayak tour with at http://www.kayak-and-hike.com (can be cool in Feb). There is a restored "walled village" in Sai Kung Country Park which is quite interesting. (Sheung Yiu Folk Museum , Pak Tam Chung Nature Trail, Sai Kung http://www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/english/)

    8. Tolo Harbour /High Island Reservoir – you can rent bikes and ride along the harbour and part of the reservoir for miles here (weekdays preferred to have the bike path more to yourself), have meal at Tai Mei Tuk, or go see Bride’s Falls. There are some great walks in this area. You can start in Shatin by going to the 10,000 Buddhas temple or the excellent Hong Kong Heritage Museum and then go continue on by subway to Tai Po where you get a bus to Tai Mei Tuk to rent the bikes (you can also rent in Tai Po and ride all the way to Tai Mei Tuk, but IMO the area around Tai Mei Tuk is much prettier and worth spending more time in than getting to.) There is a railway museum in Tai Po and several good local restaurants.

    9. Tap Mun (Grass Island) – a ferry ride here, esp. starting in Shatin, is IMO, the best ferry ride Hong Kong has to offer as it is remote and isolated and you see all the beauty of the hills and water. Grass Island itself is small and has some nice short walks, there is a lovely temple and some seafood places (or again bring a picnic). IMO a great day here would be to catch the ferry from Shatin, spend a bit of time on Tap Mun (perhaps a picnic), ferry to Wong Shek Pier inside Sai Kung Country Park, then bus/subway back to Hong Kong. You could stop in Sai Kung for a meal as well or go to the walled village just at the entrance to Sai Kung park. Or go to the fantastic Restaurant One Thirty One.

    For ferry schedules generally see http://www.td.gov.hk/en/transport_in_hong_kong/public_transport/ferries/service_details/index.html#lfs

    Some of the above trips to the New Territories can be done on a group boat tour. See http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/see-do/tours-walks/guided-tours/nature/index.jsp Take a look at the “Northeast New Territories Islands Hopping Tour” (which goes to Tap Mun) and the Sai Kung Coastal Treasurers” (which takes in the geopark). I have not done either so have no opinion. . While you can do all of these on your own, a tour does make things easier.
    Macau is certainly viable as a day trip. I would avoid weekends if you have any flexibility in schedule. Ferries will be far less crowded. While the casinos hold no interest for me, the old town area of Macau city is quite interesting, and Coloane island is quite charming. Bring a passport, but otherwise you don’t need a visa. Get some local cash at the ATM when you arrive. Then learn to use the buses as they are quite convenient and will save you time and money over taxis.

    Bear in mind that Spring Festival/Lunar New Year (aka Chinese New Year) will be celebrated in Hong Kong and the mainland from about Feb 10 -14 (the PRC has the whole week off). There will be special events going on that you may want to see. (It's not the greatest time to be using public transport to go to the mainland or within the PRC mainland. Literally tens of millions of people will be using it at that time as well. )

    Also on the public holidays in Hong Kong (Feb 11- 13) ferries and buses run on a more frequent schedule and the ferries to places like Tung Lung operate. If you are here before the holiday, there will be events like flower markets (esp in Victoria Park Causeway Bay Hong Kong Island) that are worth seeing.

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