Tung Chung - not one to just fly by

Tung Chung means ‘eastern stream’, a reference to the town’s fishing village origins along the delta of Tung Chung River. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, the area was a defence stronghold against pirates and foreign military – six muzzle-loading cannons are still intact at the Tung Chung Battery to this day.

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When Hong Kong International Airport was relocated from Kai Tak to Chek Lap Kok, Tung Chung quickly developed into a residential and commercial hub in support of the permanent and transient communities related to the airport, and these exciting changes are reflected in the area’s residential and leisure amenities today.



Tung Chung Citygate Outlets shopping centre

Aside from the Hong Kong International Airport, Citygate Outlets is Tung Chung’s main attraction that draws in big crowds. While Horizon Plaza in Ap Lei Chau is a haven for bargain furniture, Citygate is a fashionista’s paradise, with year-round discounts of up to 70% off major fashion brands. The 500,000 square feet worth of retail and entertainment are housed in a glass and steel architecture designed to reflect the nearby airport, with Asia’s largest outdoor kinetic musical fountain in the outdoor piazza.

Tung Chung Yat Tung Plaza Hong Kong Market

Yat Tung Plaza is well known in the area for hits wet market and for its style which has deliberately been kept retro. Caribbean Coast estate has its own mall Caribbean Square, also with a vast range of shops. Otherwise, Tsing Yi and Kwai Tsing is only 12 minutes away from Tung Chung, where there are more splurging opportunities available. 


Tung Chung Skycity Marriott Hotel Skybistro

As with any self-respecting mall in Hong Kong, there is no lack of eateries to sustain shoppers; Citygate Outlets and Caribbean Square has everything from bakeries and coffee joints to Vietnamese and Japanese restaurants. If you prefer a more luxurious dining experience, Skycity Bistro in the Hong Kong Skycity Marriott Hotel offers international and themed buffets as well as an extensive à la carte menu, which you can enjoy with a sea view. Amante Bar & Restaurant is a local favourite, serving up an Italian spread with a Hong Kong flair. Have a chat with their famously friendly staff, and try the sauteed pesto prawns with angel hair pasta. For something a bit off the beaten track, head to Lo Hon Monastery where, after visiting the religious grounds, you can try a traditional Buddhist vegetarian meal. Don’t expect anything fancy but the prices are reasonable and it makes for an interesting day out. 

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Tung Chung Lantau Big Buddha Tian Tan

Tung Chung is as welcoming to visitors as it is to locals. Novotel Citygate Hong Kong is Tung Chung’s first hotel, consisting of 440 rooms, and connects directly to Citygate Outlets. Alternatively, the Hong Kong Skycity Marriott Hotel is situated minutes away from the MTR station. There are plenty of public amenities, with biking tracks throughout town to encourage green transport and a public library near Citygate; there is also a swimming pool and no lack of fitness facilities and gyms.

Tung Chung Ngong Ping 360 cable car

One of Tung Chung’s most famous landmarks is undoubtedly Ngong Ping 360, which takes visitors up the mountain. The 25-minute cable car journey ends at Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha. Pay a little extra for the stunning glass-bottomed car if you’re not afraid of heights!

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