(includes a part of Stage 2 of the MacLehose Trail)
The Sai Kung Peninsula is renowned for its scenic beauty. Situated at the east coast of the Sai Kung Peninsula, Tai Long Wan is headed by
two magnificent beaches, Ham Tin and Tai Wan. The Hong Kong Tourist Board describes Tai Long Wan as 'the jewel in the peninsula's
crown', with 'an expansive bay with long, white sand beaches ringed by hills and headlands'.
Big words indeed, but - for once - the description is spot on. Indeed, it might even be a slight understatement! Getting to the beaches,
however, involves a number of bus rides and a beautiful walk along well-maintained paved village paths.
Alighting at a crest in Sai Kung Country Park, we are able to enjoy the views over Long Harbour as we slowly wind our way down to the quiet
village of Chek Keng. Peeking through the windows and doors of some of the abandoned houses, we try to imagine what life might have been
like in rural Hong Kong not so long ago.
Next we climb up the valley between Sharp Peak and Tai Mun Shan. The steady climb is rewarded by the spectacular panorama of Tai Long
Wan and its beaches. Less than 30 minutes later, you will find yourself on the sands of the middle beach, Ham Tin Wan, getting ready for a
Suitably rested after this refreshing dip and a cool refreshment, we continue along the coast to the western beach, Sai Wan, for a a nicely
cooked Chinese lunch at a small café and - perhaps - another quick swim, before tackling the last incline of the day.
The walk involves only three small hills in total, but the last one can feel somewhat zapping. However, it IS the last one and there will be a taxi
awaiting you at the top to take you into the heart of Sai Kung town and its many re-hydration spots….
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