There are only two ways to reach Tung Ping Chau, either by private/chartered boat or by taking the public ferry (Weekends and Public Holidays only) from Ma Liu Shui in Sha Tin. Departing from Ma Liu Shui: 09:00am (or 15:30pm Saturdays only) and departing from Tung Ping Chau: 17:15pm. Fare: $90 return ticket).
Located in the heart of the Tung Ping Chau close to the pier, lies the only major settlement of note on the isle and definitely deserves a pit spot upon arrival. After a refreshing drink and bite to eat, one could easily spend the best part of a couple of hours strolling the adjacent Northeastern beaches, interspersed by crumbling Hakka houses and shade yielding Banyans.
On the ferry ride across and particularly once ashore, you’ll notice that mainland China is a mere stone throw away. Once upon a time an outpost for smugglers, during the Cultural Revolution, many mainland folks swam across the channel in hope of entering Hong Kong. Back then the island was home to a thriving community of around 1500 people, who made a living as fishermen and traders. Sadly however, (as with many parts of the rural New Territories) such populations have dwindled to the point of near extinction.
Among the list of Hong Kong’s many outlying places, the castaway isle of Tung Ping Chau is worth the trip at least once. The adventure to and from it, is as much an attraction as the being there is.