The New Territories offer much cultural and natural interest. Ancient walled villages (Sha Tau Kok, Sheung Shui, Fanling, Yuen Long), wetlands teeming with birds and aquatic life (Yuen Long), temples (Tsuen Wan, Sha Tin, Fanling), a solid museum in Sha Tin, and generous expanses of unspoiled country are just some of its attractions. Notably, Sai Kung Peninsula has fabulous hiking trails, delicious seafood and attractive beaches. And, of course, there's the awe-inspiring Hong Kong Unesco Global Geopark.
The New Territories offer world-class hiking. Exploring one or more sections of the MacLehose Trail or the Pat Sin Leng Nature Trail is likely to be very rewarding. Alternatively, you can do a round-the-island walk of stunning Tung Ping Chau, encircle Plover Cove Reservoir, or combine stargazing and hiking on Tap Mun Island. If you don't plan on heading to the hills, Sha Tin and Tai Po can more or less be visited on the same day, as can Tsuen Wan and Tuen Mun. Yuen Long, with its heritage trails and nature reserves, requires a full day. And of course, Hong Kong Global Geopark deserves a trip. Depending on whether you're joining a boat or walking tour, kayaking or hiking there, it will take up (at least) a good part of a day.
- Hong Kong Global Geopark Visiting the stunning Unesco-listed geopark with its volcanic and sedimentary rock formations by joining a guided tour.
- Hiking Getting a workout while seeing the sharp peaks, rocky coastlines, and secluded bays of Hong Kong at its most picturesque.
- Feasting Indulging in some of the world's most delicious seafood or roast goose.
- Lai Chi Wo Village Hiking to a 400-year-old Hakka village embraced by an ancient forest and having lunch there.
- Heritage Museum Acquainting yourself with the history and customs of old villages and Cantonese opera in Sha Tin.
Kaitos, ferries plying Hong Kong's lesser known waterways, are useful when visiting the New Territories and Outlying Islands. The Transport Department has reliable information on sailings (www.td.gov.hk).