The island of Ap Lei Chau dates back to the Ming dynasty and combines its rich fishing past with an array of fine-dining restaurants, traditional festivals and family-friendly theme parks. Ap Lei Chau celebrates its history with revered temples, while contemporary shopping and secluded parks provide ample leisure opportunities.
Things to do in Ap Lei Chau
Immerse yourself in the island’s history at the 18th-century Hung Shing Temple, which features a two-storey feng shui pole and hosts the Hung Shing Fair every year. Afterwards, head to the 19th-century Kwun Yum Temple, which is a Grade III-listed building and showcases iconic dragon sculptures.
You can see examples of Ap Lei Chau’s fishing village heritage at the harbour, which is home to numerous fishing boats that create a floating village. Wander around the harbour to see the local fishermen chatting and trading their daily catch. You can also stroll along the promenade to purchase fresh seafood from markets.
Looking for a unique dining experience? Dine at Jumbo Floating Restaurant, a famous restaurant just offshore from the harbour. You catch a free shuttle boat across to the restaurant, before sitting down to enjoy delicious seafood, barbecued meats, signature desserts and international wines.
If you want to see the island from a different perspective, ride in a traditional sampan and admire the multi-million-dollar yachts and towering skyscrapers. Time your visit for the annual Tuen Ng festival, when you can see colourful dragon boat races, eat sticky rice with bamboo leaves and drink realgar wine.
Getting around Ap Lei Chau
Ap Lei Chau is connected to Hong Kong via the Ap Lei Chau road bridge and is a 45-minute drive from Hong Kong International Airport. The island is serviced by five bus terminals, local taxis and regular sampan (ferry) services. You can also use the MTR South Island Line to access other parts of Hong Kong.