19 October 2019
A view of No. 126 lighthouse, the highest point of Po Toi, from a distance. Photo: U Lifestyle Blog/hei721
A view of No. 126 lighthouse, the highest point of Po Toi, from a distance. Photo: U Lifestyle Blog/hei721

Po Toi Island: Where Mother Nature’s sculptures beckon

Po Toi Island (蒲台島), often referred to as the ‘South Pole of Hong Kong’, features many interesting rock formations, thanks to the weathered granite there.

There are also quite a few other sightseeing spots on this tiny island.

When I made a trip to the place recently, I didn’t visit the Tin Hau Temple and Conch Rock, which are on the left of Po Toi Pier. The reason: I wanted to save more time for the magnificent rocks uphill. 

I went straight up to Ngau Wu Teng, where at the pavilion you can enjoy a panoramic view of the South China Sea. Any picture you capture will find the sky and the sea almost blending their blue.

Going down the path, I was soon greeted by Tortoise Rock. The rock formation appears like a huge turtle that’s looking up and crawling uphill. I bet it will take an eternity for it to reach the top.

Luckily the tortoise is not alone. Next to it is a slender monk — Monk Rock — who is cheering for the tortoise silently at the hilltop.

I continued my journey heading to the highest point of Po Toi, No. 126 lighthouse, which is one of the two southernmost capes of Hong Kong.

Though it looks no different from an ordinary building, it is truly a vital lighthouse as its light gives direction to vessels as far as tens of miles away at sea during nighttime.

Before going back to the pier, you will meet Palm Cliff, or also dubbed as ‘Palm of Buddha’. For the record, both Palm Cliff and Tortoise Rock have been listed under the Top 10 beautiful rocks in Hong Kong.

It would not be an overstatement to say that Po Toi Island is an outdoor museum of sculptures of Mother Nature.

Last but not least, before catching the kaito ferry back to Aberdeen, I strongly recommend that you try a bowl of green bean soup with seaweed and take home some dried seafood products.

After all, the seaweed there is something that Po Toi Island has also become famous for.

Getting there:

To go to/return from Po Toi Island: Take a kaito ferry at Aberdeen Pier or at Stanley Blake Pier.

Time: About three-four hours

Reference: Ferry service schedule

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on July 2.

Translation by Darlie Yiu with additional reporting

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Tortoise Rock (L) is among the famous attractions at Po Toi Island. The waters in the area, meanwhile, are famous for their seaweed. Photos: HKEJ

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