Hong Kong Xiang Gang
On July 1st 1997, after a century and a half of British administration, Hong Kong (in Chinese, in Pinyin transcription, Xiang Gang) became a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China with its own administration. This status applies to the Kowloon peninsula, the main island of Hong Kong (in Cantonese Heung Keung, "Fragrant Strait"), the New Territories and a scatter of 236 smaller islands, not all of them inhabited.
Hong Kong encompasses 235 outlying islands in addition to Hong Kong Island. Many of these are small, uninhabited rock piles jutting out of the sea. The largest of the islands is Lantau, which is twice the size of Hong Kong Island.
Lamma Island (population 8500), only 40 minutes by ferry from Hong Kong and completely free of traffic, is becoming increasingly popular with weekend holidaymakers. Like many places closely linked to the sea, the chief town, Yung Shue Wan, has a temple dedicated to Tin Hau, patroness of seamen, dating from the Sung dynasty. A Tin Hau Festival is held every year at the end of March or early April. Lamma also has excellent fish restaurants.The highest point on the island is Mount Stenhouse (353m/1159ft). Hung Shing Ye Wan, Lo So Shing and Mot Tat Wan are all beautiful sandy beaches with sanitary facilities. At some points there are apartments to rent.
Peng Chau Island
Peng Chau, lying off the northeast coast of Lantau Island, has a population of 10,000. There are no cars on the island. The inhabitants live mainly by fishing and farming. There is a temple, built in 1792, dedicated to the goddess Tin Hau.The island can be reached by the Lantau ferry, which operates daily from early morning to late in the evening.