126 Light House
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Remote Place of Hong Kong
Nam Kok Tsui Lighthouse, also known as Lighthouse 126 or Po Toi Lighthouse, is the southernmost lighthouse of Hong Kong.
Due to its southernmost location in Hong Kong, it is known as Hong Kong’s version of the Eluanbi Lighthouse (located in the southernmost part of Taiwan). With the endless seaview of South China Sea, this snow-white lighthouse is definitely a major landmark of Po Toi Island.
Far from the urban area, there is less light pollution near the lighthouse. It is one of the greatest spots to photograph the milky way and star trails in Hong Kong. You can set off on Saturday and camp overnight, then return on Sunday morning. (Note that the kaito service operates only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays) As there are many concrete walkways and no trees on Po Toi Island, it is not recommended to visit there during the hot noon hours of June and July.
Observing Unique Stones at Po Toi
Po Toi Island is the main island of the Po Toi Islands in the Outlying Islands Region of Hong Kong. It covers an area of 3.69 square kilometres and is located in the southeast of Hong Kong. Po Toi Island gets its name from its fairly flat ground and it looks like a floating platform on the sea (“Po”(蒲) means floating in Chinese).
The geology of Po Toi is mainly composed of granite. There are many strange rocks formed by weathering over a long period of time, many of which are chosen and rated by Hong Kong people as “The Ten Most Beautiful Rocks in Hong Kong”. There are famous stones including Coffin Rock, the Palm Cliff, the Tortoise Rock, “Deserted Mansion of Family Mo” and other tourist attractions.
Moreover, there are Po Toi Island stone carvings, which are Hong Kong prehistoric stone carvings, estimated to have a history of 3,000 years. Located at the southern end of Po Toi, the stone carving was discovered in the 1960s and is now listed in the declared monument of Hong Kong.
126 Lighthouse, Nam Kok Tsui, Po Toi Island
|Opening hours: |
Public places, open 24 hours
|How to get to Po Toi:|
Ferry: operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from Aberdeen Ferry Pier.
It would directly arrive at Po Toi Island on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It will only pass through Stanley Blake Pier on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
It takes about an hour from Aberdeen and half an hour from Stanley.
* Pay attention to the timetable
How to get to Lighthouse 126:
Po Toi Island has three main roads, you can reach the 126 lighthouse via the middle road and the right road. It is suggested to take the middle road if time permits. The road is longer, and you will pass through more tourist attractions. You can also reach there directly via the right road. If you depart from the middle road or the right road, the whole trip is around 2.5 hours.
*Please refer to the island map
Method A – Middle Road: After passing “Deserted Mansion of Family Mo”, Chang Shek Pai, Coffin Rock, Ngau Wu Teng Pavilion, Xiantao Stone, Monk Rock, Tortoise Rock, Gold Panning Cliff and other unique rock landmarks, you will then arrive the lighthouse.
Method B – Right Road: The right road is also the way back after visiting the lighthouse. It takes about 30 minutes to get to the lighthouse after passing Palm Cliff, Rock Carvings and Nam Kok Tsui.
|Nearby facilities: |
Corner Shop, Seafood Restaurant, Pavilion, Tin Hau Temple
Except for the two pavilions, there will be no supplies for most of the journey. It is recommended to go to the corner shop to buy supplies first, or to take a rest at Ngau Wu Teng Pavilion. If you arrive at Po Toi Island and go straight to Tin Hau Temple, you will find Conch Rock next to Tin Hau Temple. Po Toi Stone Carving was declared a monument in Hong Kong in 1979.
** Please protect the natural environment, do not damage the rock. If you would like to photograph the night scene, please respect other users.