The city's most isolated eastern point, Tung Ping Chau, has topped Hongkongers' favourite scenic spots from a list of 88. Nearly 8,000 of about 10,000 voters ranked the island first in the '10 Most Scenic Natural Places of Hong Kong election', run by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department from March 30 to April 15. Department director Thomas Chan Chun-yuen and Jim Chi-yung, chair professor of the University of Hong Kong's geography department, yesterday drew 30 winners from among the voters, of whom six will enjoy a helicopter tour of the top 10 scenic spots. Participants selected their favourite 10 places from a list of 88 scenic sites, with nearly 7,700 votes going to Tung Ping Chau. The department has also published a book - its 100th publication - describing the island. The crescent-shaped island, which is 500 metres wide and 3km long, is called 'flat island' in Chinese because its highest peak is only 48 metres. Woo Ting-kwong, a senior park ranger at the department, said visitors were attracted to the island's unique geographical stratum, which resulted from natural forces. 'Because of significant weathering, rocks are rich with colourful bands. It's like the Chinese multi-layered cake,' he said. Many visitors also went to the island for its remoteness and complete lack of urban environment. The island, in northeastern Hong Kong, attracted 61,000 visitors last year and 80,000 in 2003. The rest of the top 10 in order are: Double Haven, Lai Chi Wo, Ham Tin, Sharp Peak, Victoria Peak Circuit Walk, Lantau Peak, Shing Mun Reservoir, Long Ke Wan and Ng Tung Chai. Meanwhile, another of the city's natural icons, the Tai Po Wishing Tree, is recovering well and growing new leaves, Professor Jim said yesterday. 'The tree is still in its early stage of recovery. It will take at least four to five years for it to stabilise its condition as it was severely damaged,' he said. Professor Jim, who will check on the tree next week, said mulch would be spread over soil around the tree to preserve moisture. In February, the tree lost an 8-metre-long branch. It broke under the weight of oranges hurled by people making good luck wishes over the Lunar New Year.