Tour the New Territories situated between Hong Kong and mainland China. Discover the tranquility of a Chinese religious complex, see commanding views from a mountaintop, visit a native walled village, and meet the locals in a traditional farming community.
Leave the bustling city behind and travel past quaint countryside and lush greenery as you head north to the New Territories.
Begin your tour at Yuen Yuen Institute, which hosts a collection of temples and monasteries dedicated to Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism. The harmony amongst the religions at Yuen Yuen resonates in the beautiful architecture and tranquility of the grounds, dotted with decorative gardens and ponds.
Next, head up to Tai Mo Shan—Hong Kong's highest vantage point at over 3,134 feet (955 m). From the mountaintop, breathe in the refreshing air and enjoy panoramic views of Hong Kong Island, mainland China, and rolling green hills. Descend the mountain and visit the Fanling walled village. Notice the cannons, watchtowers, and bullet holes—a testament to the defensive capabilities of this old ancestral dwelling.
Continue to scenic Starling Inlet, just opposite of China's border. Take in the calming views of the pond—a sanctuary for a variety of birds. Spot night herons nesting in the waters before you stop by Sam Mun Tsai to learn how local fishermen breed fish in submerged cages.