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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China147,458 contributions
    Sai Kung has long been a popular place for residents and tourists enjoying the laid back seaside atmosphere, promenade, boat trips and alfresco dining scene. However, it has become something of a street art scene in recent years as well.

    The HKWalls annual art event was held in Sai Kung in May 2021, as part of this event, quite a few of the building walls were brought to life with interesting artworks. You can find many of them around Man Yee Square and the buildings nearby. If you are into street art, walk around this square and take some back alleys to see what unfolds upon the walls you pass by.
    Written 1 February 2022
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China147,458 contributions
    Sai Kung East Country Park is what most think about when describing Wild Hong Kong! This is where you find much of the most dramatic landscapes and beautiful beaches in the territory. One place within the country park that is fairly unknown and rarely mentioned in tourist information yet has breathtaking scenery is Conic Island.

    This is a tiny uninhabited island just offshore of a wild peninsula that you can hike north and northeast of Long Ke Wan, one of the popular beaches that dot the coastline. The island is quite small but neatly rises around 50 metres out of the sea in the shape of a round cone. It is made up of the hexagonal volcanic columns that have been weathered into this shape over time.

    You can't visit the island directly but can see it from up close at the end of the equally beautiful carved end of peninsula, which is also formed of the same rare volcanic columns that, due to an endless battle with the sea, extend outward like a series of fingers trying to grab Conic Island. There are up close cliffs of exposed volcanic columns, partial sea caves and loads of rugged coastline being bashed by the rough seas that you can enjoy seeing while here.

    To visit Conic Island start from the High Island Reservoir - East Dam, you will walk the MacLehose Trail until you reach the end of Long Ke Wan Beach. From here you take the grey trails for around 60-75 minutes until you reach Conic Island.

    Do research the unofficial (grey) trails and make us of mobile apps like Hiking Trail HK. There are virtually no trees in this area so you can't get lost. But still easier if you are a map to help guide the way. Along the way you will pass one challenging section just before the small secondary beach north of Long Ke Wan. A bit of scrambling and making use of a rope to assist up a hillside is required.

    Other than that, just scrubby pathways to follow, use hiking trousers to avoid scratching up your bare legs. Again, no trees so no shade or protection from the sun. As such, do pay attention to the weather and be ready with proper gear (hat, plenty of sunscreen and rain jacket if expecting rain). Similarly, there are public toilets at the reservoir drop off as well as at Long Ke Wan. However, there are no beach cafes or places to buy additional water or snacks out here. Do come prepared with adequate supplies for the day before considering this particular hike.

    Allow around 1.5-2 hours to hike to Conic Island from High Island Reservoir - East Dam one way, depending on your hiking fitness and experience. If you plan to go more leisurely, stick around Long Ke Wan or exploring the peninsula around Conic Island, you can easily end up spending 6-8 hours doing this hike and back.
    Written 13 April 2022
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China147,458 contributions
    The MacLehose Trail is one of Hong Kong's four long distance trails. It runs 100 km east to west mostly through dedicated country parks situated across the New Territories. It is broken down into 10 sections of various lengths and difficulty and covers all manner of geography from rocky coastlines, heavily wooded forests, scrubby hillsides and mountain ridges. Hikers will experience some of HK's tallest peaks, very best viewpoints and delightful nature and scenery. The trail is an outdoor wonder in Hong Kong and is recognised by Nat Geo as being one of the World's 20 Dream Trails.

    Section #3 of the MacLehose Trail is a less trafficked 10.3 km hike across the Sai Kung West Country Park. It is overshadowed by Section #2 which is regarded by many as the finest stretch of hiking and coastline scenery in Hong Kong. As such, many weekend hikers flock to Section #2, leaving Section #3 much less crowded.

    The trailhead is located at Pak Tam Au on the Pak Tam Au Road which splits the two Sai Kung Country Parks between East and West. It transects the country park from east to west, ending at Sai Sha Road, the boundary road that separates the Sai Kung West and Ma On Shan Country Parks. This is also the starting point of Section 4 of the trail.

    The Section 3 link includes a couple of long upward ascends as well as several other minor climbs. The peak summits have low brush and tree lines, affording really great views. Around halfway across the country park, you are afforded near 360 degree panoramic views of Clearwater Bay, Sai Kung, Mirs Bay, Tolo Harbour, Ma On Shan Country Park. When sky conditions are favourable, the views are stunning.

    During the trail, you walk through a fair amount of wooded area with proper shade. However, you will ascend above the tree lines several times and have periods where you are exposed to the elements so do be prepared with hats, plenty of sunscreen and drinking water.

    There are very limited facilities. You'll find public toilets and water refill stations at the start and end of the trail. After your first hour of hiking, you will encounter a small village area of Cheung Sheung. There are toilets there and a local shop called the Hui Lam Store where you can buy a cup of coffee, have a light Hong Kong style breakfast and buy extra water here if needed. There is are campsite grounds here as well. If hiking on the weekend, you'll notice quite a few tents setup in front of the store.

    Best to allow around 4 hours minimum to hike Section #3 of the MacLehose Trail. Faster hikers and trail runners can clear it in 3 to 3.5 hours but allowing time for rest or picnic breaks as well as quite a few stops to enjoy the scenery, viewpoints and any wildlife that you might encounter, you can easily and quickly exceed 5 hours on this trail section.
    Written 7 April 2022
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  • Victor
    London, UK206 contributions
    Very scenic, hexagonal rock columns are numerous and huge.
    Best place in the city for coasteering, with lots of small bays and caves along the coastline.
    Written 1 September 2021
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  • ECWorld
    Hong Kong, China2,649 contributions
    This UNESCO site is well worth the trouble to visit. The most scenic spots is a long way from the entrance of the park, and the best approach is to get a taxi from Sai Kung town center (about $80-$90). Of course this means you have to get to Sai Kung first. The return trip is a more challenging - particularly late afternoon on the weekends when everyone is trying to leave at the same time. There will be a fight for taxis. So visit on a weekday if possible, you will have the stunning sceneries to yourself - and that includes spectacular views of hexagonal columns and the coffer dams of the High Island Reservoir. The main trail is easy and takes 1.5-2 hours depending on your pace, but there are side trails to neighboring hilltops which are a bit more challenging but quite doable. Remember there is little shade and no shops on the trail, so planning according. Do explore Sai Kung town for its many eateries after afterwards for a thoroughly enjoyable day trip.
    Written 16 June 2021
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  • Wai
    2 contributions
    The guided tour by Mr Wong is very impressive and surprisingly good with this unattractive old complex. It can help us to imagine the picture of previous life of the people who lived in Sheung Yiu. The experience is vital to those who would like to know more Hakka Folk and old HK rural life.
    Written 24 December 2021
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  • ECWorld
    Hong Kong, China2,649 contributions
    This is a tourist spot, and not just for foreign visitors - so there are good things to do as well as the usual tourist traps. So know what you are getting. Lots of people go for seafood - the restaurants there have been consolidated into a few large operators, and the price ranges from very reasonable for set meals for average fare, to very overpriced if you pick fresh seafood from the tanks and you do not know what you are doing (cheating on weight of seafood as well as swapping inferior fare occur regularly). There are boats selling all manners of seafood directly from the boats, and once again there are good bargains to be had if you know what you are doing. Some folks complain about lack of night life or the smell, but this is a live seafood street - there are certainly other options just a few minutes away in the streets next to the promenade.
    Written 16 June 2021
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  • EmLiesel
    Birmingham, UK188 contributions
    We took a junk boat over to Sharp Island in December. We then walked 45mins across the island to Half Moon Bay.

    The walk across the island is very up and down and it was hot work! Saying that, I would do it again, the scenery and views along the route were stunning.

    Half Moon Bay is very pretty, it is prettier than the beach which the boat landed at so I would definitely recommend it.

    I would also recommend taking a picnic as there is one kiosk by the boat landing but it didn't have many options.

    Half moon bay is a great day out!
    Written 2 February 2022
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  • Season C
    Hong Kong, China546 contributions
    This is my first time camping in Hong Kong. I didn't do any research, cos I got my good friends to do so. BUT, truth was.. they didn't really any proper planning. The 7 of us agreed to meet at Yau Tong MTR station at 10/10:15AM. We walked to the ferry pier and took the ferry and headed to Tung Lung Chau. It's a 30-min ferry ride. Once arrived, we walked around 15-20mins and got to this intersection with 2 shops/cafes. Mr. Wong (one of the shop/cafe owners) walked out and explained the campsite with us. He even offered us to use his water and toilet, but it would be appreciated if we can spend a lil at the store/cafe (eg. an instant noodle/water..etc) Not only did he help us with those, but he suggested a hiking route for us to hike the next day.
    Written 25 February 2017
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China147,458 contributions
    PopCorn is at the centre of a cluster of shopping malls at and around the Tseung Kwan O MTR Station. it is the centre and feature venue with connecting footbridges to several other venues including TKO Plaza to the northeast, PopWalk to the south, Park Central to the southwest and TKO Spot to the north.

    PopCorn opened in 2014 and consists of two properties, PopCorn 1 which is directly atop the MTR Station and PopCorn 2 which is across Tung Chung Street and similarly attached by way of indoor footbridges.

    What you will find here is 345K sq. ft of space as well as a mix of over 150 international luxury and midrange retailers, supermarket, lots of western and Asian restaurants, coffee shops, food shops, Star cinema and Japanese Game Centre called Namco. There are two hotels, the Crown Plaza and Holiday Inn Express with direct access to the mall as well. Worth note, PopCorn has some nice seasonal and holiday decorations as well.

    In the end, PopCorn is sort of the nucleus of the shopping mall hub at Tseung Kwan O. You can start here and venture in all directions for a shopping experience that includes peer malls mentioned above, depending on what specific retailers and/or eateries you are looking for. You can visit the PopCorn website for a list of shops, restaurants and learn more about entertainment options.
    Written 14 December 2021
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  • Joseph T
    Hong Kong, China2,758 contributions
    A very small Hakka village island in Sai Kung where once abandoned & now being revitalised. Not limited to just cultural stuffs, it’s filled with local artists’ works blending the old into new culture. Now there have been some dining outlets operating in the weekends. Short boat trip of 15 minutes from Sai Kung pier.
    Written 18 November 2020
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China147,458 contributions
    There are two sister beaches in Clear Water just south of Tai Au Mun village. Beach 2 is the famous beach with fine sand, three lifeguard stations and good facilities with toilets, changing rooms and refreshment kiosk. There is a shark prevention net spanning a few hundred metres, providing loads of swimming area for beachgoers.

    Beach 1 is a small, surplus beach just a couple hundred metres northeast of Beach 2. It is much smaller and has quite a lot of big pebbles in places. Otherwise, it is noticeably quieter and with basic facilities as well.

    Most convenient transportation to Clearwater Bay Beach 2 is by way of KMB bus route 91 from Diamond Hill Bus Terminus & MTR Station, Minibus 103 to/from Tseung Kwan O Bus Terminus & MTR Station or Minibus 16 to/from Po Lam.
    Written 16 October 2021
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  • StLi2017
    Belgrade, Serbia963 contributions
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    Written 28 March 2019
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China147,458 contributions
    Hap Mun Bay (Half Moon Bay) Beach is one of the two notable beaches on Sharp Island in the Kiu Tsui Country Park of Sai Kung. It is located on the south end of the island and is accessible by way of frequent sampan and kaito service from Sai Kung or by way of a hiking trail from the north of the island.

    The bay is shaped a bit like a half moon, which you can make out clearly from the higher elevation points along theSharp Island trail. The beach itself is usually very clean, has fine sand and water quality about as good as you will find around Hong Kong. Hence, this is a very popular beach for Hongkongers particularly in weekends and public holidays. The beach area is rather small, which results in very crowded conditions here during warmer months of the year.

    There are changing rooms, showers, public toilets, in season rafts (April to October), lifeguards, BBQ pits, refreshment kiosk that are open during normal times. Unfortunately, our beaches are closed down during the pandemic including Hap Mun Beach. However, they should open up someone later this year.

    Note: Sampan and kaito service to Hap Mun Beach (HK$40 return ticket) takes around 15-20 minutes each way. You can also take similar boat service to the main Sharp Island pier on the north end of the island (HK$30 return ticket) and then hike the 1.5 km trail to Hap Mun Beach.
    Written 16 February 2021
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China147,458 contributions
    Sharp Peak (468m) is regarded as one of the sharpest summits in Hong Kong. It is situated in the Sai Kung East Country Park and is one of the most popular hikes in the territory because of the challenging trek and stunning landscape that surrounds the mountain.

    There are a few ways to approach Sharp Peak including trails from the west and from the golden beaches that line the coastline to the east. The most common approach includes a steep uphill climb from the south, from the MacLehose Trail Section 2, it moves through light forest and shrubs before ascending up exposed ridge lines, some of which are very steep and require a bit of scrambling.

    The scenery becomes incredible once you break the tree line and can see Sharp Peak and various ridge lines. The surrounding landscape includes various other mountains, isolated beaches and wild country of Hong Kong. Once you reach the peak you have stunning, 360-degree panoramic views, especially when sky conditions are favourable.

    If you approached from the south, you can then descend to the east, where you will be treated to more delightful ridges and eventually the beautiful beaches of Sai Kung. When you reach Ham Tin Beach, you can turn back west to hike back out along the MacLehose Trail Section 2 all the way back to Pak Tam Au. This is a long trek of around 15 km.

    If you're not up for that much hiking, you can stop here at Ham Tin Beach and take jet speed boats (HK$150 per person) to Sai Kung Village. From there you can take public transportation back to the city.

    Overall, Sharp Peak is just a fun hike day, even on days with poor visibility. If sky conditions are favourable, you are in for a real treat. However, this is not an easy trail and is better suited for those with some hiking experience and fitness as well as proper footwear. Also, there are no facilities in most of the Sai Kung East Country Park with the exception of a few shops & eateries on Sai Wan and Ham Tin Beaches. As such, if you are starting from Pak Tam Au, do come prepared with sufficient water and food for your hike up to Sharp Peak.
    Written 6 February 2022
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