Alvin In The Room: Journal

Peng Chau


Peng Chau is one of the islands in Hong Kong, which can be accessed from Central by ferry. Convenient as going to Cheung Chau and Lamma Island where they are more popular among tourists, although a TV drama long time ago had a story here.

I first visited the island more than a decade ago, and did go back for several times. However, my footprint was still limited to Finger Hill and the coast on the east until I reached Old Fisherman’s Rock, the northern part of the island yesterday. 

The only reason for getting here is to enjoy a 180-degree cityscape and landscape, including Disneyland opposite to the island, bridges, skyscrapers in Kowloon and on Hong Kong Island, as well as other islands like Lamma Island, when the weather is fine. Make sure you take a panorama photo before you leave Peng Chau.

A local resident whom I met on the island last year had retired from his job in Britain, and told me about some stories on Peng Chau. Long long time ago, there was in fact a big stone like a finger on Finger Hill, however it was replaced by the pavilion. Ridiculous. The beach used to consist of white sands but now it is yellow sand. Reclamation once took place here too!

Peng Chau is not really a place for tourists but travelers since there are not so many shops, cafes and bars. Besides, there are no places recommended before the above Finger Hill and Old Fisherman’s Rock. Thus it may be boring for tourists but interesting for travelers. That’s why so many people flock to Cheung Chau and Lamma Island. If you prefer simple life and find it fun, Peng Chau is for you.

坪洲是香港的離島之一,交通就像去南丫島、長洲一樣,在中環乘搭渡輪即可。它沒長洲和南丫島的人山人海和受歡迎,即使曾經有電視劇以這個島作為主題。

坪洲比南丫島和長洲細,但是自己在過去並不是走遍島上各處。十多年前來到這裡,到之後重訪過數遍,都還只是最高的手指山。至於連接的大利島,還有島上北部的釣魚公,在去年和今年才造訪。

這個小島給我的印象是什麼?手指山附近的「天崖海角」、釣魚公,天朗氣清的時候能飽覽迪士尼、昂船洲大橋、九龍、香港和南丫島,但一大霧起來,以為小島鄰近太平洋,面向無盡的海洋。相對南丫島和長洲,我認為這裡的海景其實是最美。

去年自己逛時,遇到了一名從英國工作多年退休回流的島上原居民,說了一些有關這個小島的事。手指山,本來故名思義是有一隻像手指的石頭,可是政府在多年前把它拆了,成了現在涼亭。島上的沙灘,所見的黃沙本來是白沙來的,可能是有人換了。現在的坪洲很細,過去更小,因為曾填海。

多年來,坪洲沒有什麼怎樣的觀光化:看不到任何渡假屋或民宿,唯一咖啡店只在星期六、日開放。只有一間惠康超市,沒有便利店。當一個地方不斷有更多所謂觀光景點或是設施去吸引觀光客時,這裡的平平淡淡反而顯得獨特可愛有趣。是的,「平淡」本來就不「有趣」,但是世間萬物一直都在變,不變的是我們的理所當然,往往出於自己的偏執,認為每件事都需要歸納,只有一條方程式或一成不變的本質。 
 

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