If the steely skyscrapers and acres of tarmac on Hong Kong Island have you wanting to hug the nearest tree, the perfect escape is just 20min away by ferry, Lamma Island.
Hong Kong is often cited as one of the world's great metropolis', and it is, however, with over 80% of the Hong Kong region carpeted in greenery, it's a shame not to explore the city's mellower side. One of the best places to get a taste of laid back Hong Kong is Lamma Island.
This 13sq km island is home to just 5000 residents and is popular with western hippies, revolutionaries and drop outs. Covered in a thick rug of jungle, the draw for tourists is the handful of relaxed villages, superb seafood restaurants and stretches of empty golden sands. It's also a great place to take a breather from the frantic pace of life over in Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.
If you need proof at the gulf in lifestyle between Lamma Island and Hong Kong proper, take a look at the picture above; the long line of bikes next to the Lamma ferry pier is due to the fact that the Island has no cars.