Hong Kong Geopark

Ap Chau and Kat O

Rural Historical and Cultural Tour ( 1-day course )

Ap Chau is the smallest inhabited island in Hong Kong. More than 1,000 people lived there in the 1950s, but many residents later emigrated or moved to the urban area. The fishing village was built about 70 years ago. This relatively short history has produced many interesting cultural and heritage stories. Unlike other fishing villages, where Tin Hau and Hung Shing are worshipped, Ap Chau is an all-Christian community.

Ap Chau is blessed with a unique geological setting. The ochre breccia on the island is rare in Hong Kong. The sea arch at the north end of the island is a very popular geo-attraction. It is one of very few sites in Hong Kong where you can observe this type of landform close up.

The Ap Chau Story Room, converted from the old Ap Chau Fishermen's Children Primary School, presents the island’s settlement history and the islanders’ overseas migration. There are also displays of traditional domestic utensils and fishing tools, as well as rock samples and fossil models.



Video Of Ap Chau and Kat O

This video will show you the major attractions of Ap Chau and Kat of HONG KONG UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARK.






Kat O is an island west of Mirs Bay and east of Sha Tau Kok. The English name, Crooked Island, is inspired by its shape, which resembles an inverted Z. Kat O’s sinuous coastline makes it a natural shelter. It has always been a lucky anchorage for fishermen; thus, the Chinese name Kat O, which means auspicious bay.

Kat O once had a thriving population of more than 4,000 sea and land dwellers in the 1950s. Most of the villagers were fishermen or farmers; some ran a business on the island. Kat O islanders began migrating to Europe, Australia and other countries in the 1950s. During major festivals, like the decennial On Lung Ching Chiu or Tin Hau Festival, which falls on the 23rd day of the third month of the lunar calendar, many ex-islanders who now reside overseas return home. As the crowds gather for big parades, lion dances, the Fa Pao challenge and traditional folk performances, the quiet island becomes lively and bustling once again.

The Kat O Nature Trail is a 1km route with trailside interpretation plates presenting the local history, culture and natural scenery of the area. The trail is generally level, with stone steps leading to a hilltop lookout, where you can gaze across the picturesque Double Haven area. Owning to its rich historical and cultural heritage and stunning landscape, Kat O is truly a gem of the northeast.

No trip to Kat O is complete without a visit to the Kat O Story Room, in the Tin Hau Temple, the oldest building on the island. The gallery tells the story of the local culture, history, collective memories and intangible cultural heritage of the island, with well-designed, informative displays.


How to get there


How to get there:

By Ferry from Ma Liu Shui

Take the ferry operating between Ma Liu Shui to Kat O and Ap Chau on Saturdays, Sundays and Public holidays.

Visitors can travel by MTR East Rail and get off at the University Station, Exit B, then walk for about 15 minutes to Ma Liu Shui Landing Steps No.3 for the ferry service to Kat O and Ap Chau. The normal boat traveling time is about 2 hours. Visitors are advised to take the *ferry schedule into consideration in planning the trip.

Service days: Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays

Depart from Ma Liu Shui: 08:30am

Depart from Kat O: 15:30pm

Fare: $90 return ticket (No single trip fare)

Booking & enquiries: 2555 9269 (Best Sonic Industrial Limited)

(subject to operator's announcement)

Tips: Holiday store provides water and soft drinks at Ap Chau and Kat O. Restaurants are available at Kat O.  




Ap Chau Village
Ap Chau Village
Ap Chau Old Banyan Tree
Old Banyan Tree
Ap Chau Story Room
Ap Chau Story Room
Ap Chau Duck's Eye
Duck's Eye - Sea Arch
Kat O Main Street
Kat O Main Street
Kat O Lover's tree
Lover's tree
Kat O Square
Kat O Square
Kat O Tin Hau Temple
Kat O Tin Hau Temple
Kat O Story Room
Kat O Story Room
Short Hiking
Short Hiking
Take Ferry Back
Take Ferry Back to Ma Liu Shui
Sunset of Kat O
Sunset of Kat O







Leave No Trace. Take Your Litter Home. Enjoy Your Geopark Journey.



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