Six spots we love in... Mui Wo
With sun, sand and regular air-conditioned ferry services on offer, Ami Jones points out just how much of a crime it is to be missing out on this dreamy little island corner
1 Imprint Bookshop
While away hours getting lost in this sleepy little treasure trove. It stocks everything from trashy secondhand thrillers for some lazy beach reading to gorgeous 19th-century brass-bound Bibles for the serious antique book-shopper. Owner Terry Boyce personally travels to book auctions in the UK for his stock and is more than happy to show off his collection of fascinating antique volumes about Hong Kong history. Shop E, G/F, Silver Centre Bldg, S Lantau Rd, 2984 9371. Open 12pm-6pm.
2 Spa Ambiance
If you’re looking for a place to relax post-beach or just an oasis away from the summer heat, get a mani or a pedi while watching the world go by at this brand-spanking-new spa. You can also opt to indulge in a facial, starting from $290, or choose from a range of treatments, including a Swedish massage for $420. There’s also a Little Girl Manicure offered, so the kids can come along too. Shop 12, G/F, Mui Wo Ctr, 3 Ngan Wan Rd, Mui Wo, 3689 2527. Open 9.30am-9.30pm.
3 Red Hall Chinese Antiques
Freshly renovated, Red Hall specialises in a range of stunning Chinese antique ornaments and furniture items made out of beautiful woods, lacquers and porcelains. They also sell excellent replicas at much lower prices and are even able to custom-make items. Purchases can be delivered to locations all over the city. Shop 1 & 2, G/F, Silver Pearl Mansion, 14 Mui Wo Ferry Pier Rd, 2988 1368; redhallchineseantiques.com. Open 10am-7pm.
4 Deer Horn
Popular with local expats, the Deer Horn is run by a local Nepalese couple – Pushba and Robinson – and serves a variety of cheap and tasty dishes. Particularly notable is their range of ‘Himalayan specials’, including a tasty Tibetan yak cheese – a highly nutritious and subtly flavourful variety. We highly recommend the $55 yak cheese fritters. Shop 11, G/F, Mui Wo Ctr, 3 Ngan Wan Rd, 3484 3095; deerhorn.webstarts.com. Open 12pm-late, closed on Tuesdays.
5 Friendly Bicycle Shop
Lantau is home to some excellent cycling paths, so if the beach is beginning to bore, head on down to this promisingly named store for a different way to experience the island. The owners, Winnie and Jackie, are as friendly as the store’s name promises and they have around 60 well-maintained mountain bikes for both men and women at extremely reasonable prices – $150 will get you a ride for the whole day. Shop B, G/F, Mui Wo Ferry Pier Rd, 2984 2278. Open 10am-6pm, closed on Tuesdays.
6 Renge House
Hard to miss with its brightly coloured, summery front, Renge House sells, well… pretty much anything. Items perfect for summertime include chunky silver jewellery and tropical-hued bikinis. And if you’re itching to go for that island-hippy vibe, shop the range of essential oils and floaty boho-trousers. The list goes on: brightly-painted crockery, spinning tops, Spanish coffee, secondhand DVDs, Moroccan wallets... see, we told you, pretty much anything. Shop H, G/F, Seaview Bldg, 1 Ngan Wan Rd, 2406 8122. Open 9.30am-7.30pm.