The outlying island of Cheung Chau topped the Google street view search list over the past year, suggesting it has become one of Hong Kong’s most popular sightseeing spots, Apple Daily reported Wednesday, citing a Google report.
Lamma Island and Ma Wan Park on Ma Wan Island were the runners-up.
The results are based on searches by netizens using Google Maps’ street view services.
Cheung Chau boasts beautiful coastal trails and beaches, which were crowded with tourists during the recent Easter holidays.
A Cheung Chau resident surnamed Lee, who has been living there for more than 40 years, was quoted as saying that the life of the island’s residents has been disturbed by the explosive growth of visitors in recent years.
He said one of his neighbors had to wait at least two hours to board the ferry to get to work on Sunday evening because of the crowd.
The state-run People’s Daily has recently promoted the island to mainland tourists, and Google’s announcement of the search result will further worsen the situation, Lee said.
Cheung Chau residents are launching a signature campaign to revive the island, he said.
A spokesman for the Hong Kong Tourism Board said it will continue to promote sightseeing on islands like Cheung Chau and Lamma this year.
Travel Industry Council chairman Michael Wu Siu-ieng was quoted as saying green tourism will be a new direction in which to develop the city’s tourism industry.
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