Tin Tsai is most famous for the St. Joseph's Chapel. Built in 1890, the chapel received the merit award of the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2005 after the renovation.
PierJade Girdle BridgePier
Mating butterflies
The chapel
Village office is also the only store on the island
Rose window
The entrance
The Crucifix
Inside the museum
An old desk
Turn right at the public pier to the village office (store). The St. Joseph’s Chapel is a few steps ahead with the abandoned salt farms to the right. Follow the main trail and turn right at the junction. Continue on the concrete trail and head straight to Jade Girdle Bridge at the next junction. Return to the last junction, head right and climb up to a pavilion.
Make a left turn, drop back to the first junction and walk to the pier.
Containers displaying in the museum
The front of the chapel
Local dessert
A fallen leaf
Starting Point Route Duration
(Sat, Sun and Public Holiday)
Sai Kung - Yim Tin Tsai
(Get Off : Yim Tin Tsai)
15 min
End Point Route Duration
Same As Above
Route Pier Jade Girdle Bridge Pier
Time   35 min   30 min  
1.5 hours
3.5 km
Store near the pier (Village office)
Take another side path and return to the pier after reaching the pavillion
You must take the ferry operated by the villagers in order to visit the chapel (please enquire in advance)
Yim Tin Tsai is a small island with an elegant chapel, abandoned salt farms and a pleasant seaview. The local dessert made of Chinese Fevervine Herb provided at the village store is worth a try.

Having had a brief walk around the island, we gathered and joined the local tour. The young interpreter, son of a local villager, enthusiastically introduced the history of Yim Tin Tsai. The villagers used to fish and harvest salt for a living. Later, western priests came to the island. They preached to the crowds and even scared off the pirates merely by their appearance. Christianity has become the prevailing religion since then.

We visited the chapel after learning a brief background of the village. The chapel was not spacious, yet neatly decorated. Apart from the common rose window, statue and crucifix, one would find some holes on the walls, a special design diverting natural light for illumination. The village school has been renewed as a museum illustrating the village history while the neighboring house places the farming tools and containers used in the old days.

Despite the tour runs in a small-scale, we were impressed by their informative interpretation. After all, the fare for the ferry service and the tour fee were pretty low. Without passion, the local history and culture would not be able to pass on to next generations.

Before we left, we had some dessert and drinks at the store. It did not help much with their business but at least it’s a gesture of support.

Hiking : 16 May 2009
Revised : 5 May 2011