Grass Island

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Published on Tuesday, 08 August 2006 15:55
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Balance Rock

About Grass Island

Area: 1.7 sq. km, Population: 1,000

Tap Mun

The rock formations on the south eastern shore of the island, to fishermen who sailed by and looked at them from the sea, resembled buddhist pagodas. They thus gave the island its Chinese name, Tap (pagoda) Mun (door). The British named the island Grass Island when they took over the terrirtory in the late 1899's.

Things To See

Tin Hau Temple

The temple was built during the 8th year of the Emporer Qianlong's reign (Qing Dynasty) and was renovated in 1992. Both inside and outside the temple are plagues on which were inscribed names of donors. A number of these donations were in British pounds, showing that the islanders moved to the UK just as villagers from other New Territories areas.

Sun HonKee Restaurant
Balanced Rock

The rock comprises two equal size rock cube stacked one on top of the other. It measures 6 metres high and 3 metres wide. Legend has it that the rock is the seal which the deities used to suppress the bad dragon.

 

 

 
Tap Mun Cave

Legend has it that there was a tunnel which leads from a sea cave close to the Balanced Rock all the way to the altar in the Tin Hau Temple

Things To Do

Kite

On weekends and public holidays, the 96R (Kowloon Motor Bus) runs directly from Diamond Hill bus terminus (just above the MTR station) to Wong Shek Pier. Bus fare cost HK$17 for an air

Fishing

On weekends and public holidays, the 96R (Kowloon Motor Bus) runs directly from Diamond Hill bus terminus (just above the MTR station) to Wong Shek Pier. Bus fare cost HK$17 for an air

Getting There & Away

From Wong Shek Pier

On weekends and public holidays, the 96R (Kowloon Motor Bus) runs directly from Diamond Hill bus terminus (just above the MTR station) to Wong Shek Pier. Bus fare cost HK$17 for an air conditioned bus and HK$11 for a non aircon one. Alternatively, the 96R also stops outside the Ngau Chi Wan Market above the Choi Hung MTR station. The bus ride takes about 70 to 90 minutes, depending on traffic.

On weekdays, take bus 94 from Sai Kung town to Wong Shek Pier.

From Wong Shek Pier, you can either take a ferry (see time table below) or hire a water taxi to Grass Island.

Ferry Service
Water Taxi
TBA Taxi fare cost around HK$20 per person, subject to bargain. A taxi can take a maximum of 3 persons by law. The ride takes 10 minutes.

Operators:
Sing Kee (also services Tung Ping Chau, Crooked Island), Mr. Ho Yau Sing, phone: +852 9178-0495 or +852 9731-5685.
Mr. To So Cheung, phone: +852 2328-2452
Mr. So Tai Chan, phone: +852 9382-5608 or +852 96468815 or +852 23282266

From Ma Liu Shui (Chinese University)

There is a regular ferry service between Ma Liu Shui and Grass Island. The Ma Liu Shui ferry pier is a 10 minute walk from the KCR University Station. The ferry ride to Grass Island takes around 90 minutes.

Remember to take your ID card or your passport, as there is a marine police check point on the way.

Ferry Service
 
Mondays to Saturdays
Sundays and Public Holidays
Departure
Arrival
Departure
Arrival
Ma Liu Shui to Grass Island

08:30

09:45

08:30

09:45

15:15
16:30
15:15
16:30
Grass Island to Ma Liu Shui

10:40

11:55

13:45

15:00

17:20
18:35
17:20
18:35

Places To Eat

Sun HonKee Restaurant
Sun Hon Kee Restaurant

The only restaurant on the island, serving seafood and other things. The owner, Mrs. Lam, will gladly give you recommendations. The wall behind the cashier showcases photos of celebrities who once ate at the restaurant. Amongst them was ex-governor Chris Pattern.