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Currently, these other islands rely heavily on tourism to boost their development. Although fishing was the major means of livelihood for the islanders, the most profitable business is now restaurants. Come end of the week or even on holidays and the islands are jam-packed with revelers looking to spend a day out visiting temples or sunbathing on the beaches.

Po Toi Island

Po Toi Island, resided by only a handful of people, is comprised of a group of islands located at the southernmost area of the territory of Hong Kong, southeast of Stanley on Hong Kong Island. The place is known for a large rock resembling a river snail, and under that rock is a den with rock carvings shaped by wind and rain. Po Toi is full of interesting and peculiar sights that often catch the attention of curious visitors. The Deserted House of Mo's Family and the nearby Coffin Rock are among the many attractions.

The south of the island features many strange rock formations, including the Calligraphy by Ghosts, Buddha's Hands Rocks, and Monk Rocks. At the pier, there is an abundance of open-air restaurant that serves extremely delicious seafood. Most Hong Kong residents hire a junk or boat to Po Toi on weekends. The kaido, small boats that act as water-taxis, are available from Aberdeen and Stanley on Sundays and public holidays for about HK$40 per person round-trip.

Tung Lung Chau (Nam Tong Island)

Tung Lung Chau floats off the southern tip of the Clear Water Bay peninsular in eastern New Territories. Also known as Nam Tong Island, the biggest attraction here is the Buddhist Hall Fort constructed almost 300 years ago but was recently refurbished. Getting to the port is simple; just follow the path from the hamlet at the ferry pier over the rolling, open landscape of northern Tung Lung.

The northern shore of the island features famous rock carvings on the cliffs that depict the daily lives of people from the area over decades ago. It is a good place to enjoy the sea view, with waves rushing to the shore and for taking hikes up the cliffs and hills. To get to Tung Lung, there are no available ferries but the kaido boats from Shau Kei Wan on Hong Kong Island operate on most weekends.

Ping Chau

One of the territory's most remote islands is Ping Chau, which is situated at Mirs Bay, northeast of Kowloon. Previously an island with a population of 3,000, most of the islanders have moved to urban areas and only return on weekends and public holidays to run their restaurants or hotel businesses. The island is excellent for picnics and most city dwellers hound the grounds during holidays to enjoy the silence surrounded by beautiful white-sand beaches.

Ping Chau is made up of different shapes and colors. There are plenty of natural attractions such as caves, rock formations, and waterfalls with flowery names given by locals. Visitors will also be able to spot some old-fashioned stone houses with courtyards and winding passages. Village houses for rent are plentiful; even small bed-and-breakfast joints can be found. The way to Ping Chau is aboard the ferry from Ma Liu Shui, near the university railway station in the New Territories.

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