SAI KUNG COASTAL HIKE

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 coast, however,
does involve a number of bus rides and a beautiful walk along a combination of well-maintained village paths and rough recreational hiking
trails.

Alighting from our bus 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 virtually abandoned village of Chek Keng, where 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. This 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...

This time, however, we will skip the swim and head for neighbouring
Sai Wan beach instead, where we stop for refreshments before tackling
the highest mountain of the day: The 314 metres tall Sai Wan Shan...

The reward for the effort put into this climb is rewarded by beautiful panoramas over all of Tai Long Wan, its famed beaches and the peaks
behind it. Below us, towards the south, we make out the pristine beach at
Long Ke which is our next target...

Sadly, what goes down must come up, and it is a fairly challenging climb up to the edge of the High Island Reservoir. Taking in the view and
admiring the effort gone into the construction of it, we cross the reservoir’s East Dam and follow a restricted road for a little while, before
dropping down to
Pak Lap. There should be time to wait for anyone who fancies a dip at this beautiful secluded bay. Those not swimming can
enjoy the cool offerings of the beach front store. Once recharged, we cross a small hill to reach our destination, the fishing village of Sha Kiu
Tau.

Fresh fish and seafood is on the menu here at the Yau Ley Seafood Restaurant and the best way to leave this tranquil spot is by boat – a
leisurely trip that will take you across Rocky Harbour and Port Shelter to Sai Kung, where we can catch a bus to the city.
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Sai Wan and High Island Reservoir in the Sai Kung Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
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Chek Keng bay and village, Sai Kung Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
Ham Tin Wan and High Island Reservoir in Sai Kung Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
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Distance:
19 km
 
Difficulty:
7 out of 10
 
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: 710 metres
Loss: 845 metres
Price:
HK$300
incl. boat
Highest Point:
314 metres (Sai Wan Shan)
     
Time Spent on Trail:
7 hours
       
Meeting Time & Place:
8:15 am
at Choi Hung Railway Station
Price for this hike as a Private Event on request
Finishing Time & Place:
5:30 pm
in Sai Kung Town
 
  or 6:00 pm
at Choi Hung Railway Station
 
 
Food & Drink:
Refreshment stops at Sai Wan (9 km) and at Pak Lap (17 km).
Late shared lunch at Chinese restaurant in Sha Kiu (19 km) -
not included.
 
   
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