Deserted Beaches Hike Sai Kungs East Country Park, Hong Kong
Taking in part of the famous MacLehose hiking trail, our guided walk takes us out to the tip of the Sai Kung peninsula, where we make our way to white sandy beaches and clear blue waters, hiking through the remote villages of Sai Wan and Ham Tin in the Sai Kung Country Park. Locally the area is known as Tai Long Wan, or big wave bay, and is a popular surfers destination.
Our hike takes us along coastline backed by lush tropical vegetation and forested ridges offering spectacular mountain and coastal sea views. Following a network of paved paths, often on inter-village routes, we pass fascinating old Hakka clan villages. The Hakka farmers nurtured feng shui woods which provide a great breeding environment for native species and we can see many examples of natural reforestation.
The Sai Kung uplands and coasts have always been sparsely populated and, from the 1970s, many villagers left their ancestral lands in favour of city lives. The Deserted Beaches Hike offers a unique insight into the homes, lands and beaches these villagers left behind. Although just 20km from Kowloon, this tour will make you feel a world away. Access is restricted to walking or boat.
At the end of our walk we can explore the historical village of Chek Keng. Though deserted, it is not truly abandoned as some former villagers occasionally return to check on their ancestral homes. Furniture and cooking utensils stand still in time, as if one day life in some of these homes might be resumed. There is even a Catholic church, built in 1867 - the entire Sai Kung peninsula was converted in the 1860s. But today these sit abandoned.
The woodlands behind the village contain stunning bamboo groves, and is home to a great number of fiddler crabs.The wild life today includes the village cows, dogs and passing packs of monkeys that live in the general area. During WWII, villagers in Chek Keng brought items such as old clothes, kerosene, matches and cigarettes to be smuggled into mainland China, where they then bought much-needed food products such as sugar, oil and rice.
Cost: HK$800 per person, includes transport Total tour time 8.5 hours.
Tour starts at 8.30am, General Post Office (beside the green stamp-vending machines), 2
Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong Island Walking distance: 11km
Grade: strenuous Facilities: Toilets en route
Directions from the MTR: Leave Central Station by Exit K. As you come to
the top of the long escalator out of the station, turn right and
immediately right again. Cross Chater Road at the pedestrian lights, and
go straight ahead through the pedestrian underpass. As you emerge at
the other end, the GPO is ahead and to the left of you.
provide us with a contact phone
number in Hong Kong, or the name
of the hotel where you are staying, plus the name the booking is made
We need notification of any cancellation before the morning of your
tour, as no-shows do inconvenience our other clients. It is also
important that you ring us if you are delayed, as it may be possible to
direct you to another meeting point en route. Footwear
We recommend that you wear either robust walking shoes or
trainers/sneakers. Casual sandals or open shoes are not suitable for
trails, which can be rocky in places.
Sun and rainfall can be intense and a hat is recommended. During the
winter season (November - March) temperatures can drop with a chilling
wind, so a sweater/fleece is advisable. During the wet season (April -
September) a waterproof jacket is recommended. In warmer months (May -
October) it is advisable to carry a spare T-shirt or other garment to
change into at the end of the hike.
Suntan lotion should be used throughout the year, and applied frequently
during the hike.
Please carry sufficient water for your own needs. In the warmer months,
this may equate to one litre for every two hours of walking. Dehydration
is a real risk on hot days. Choose mineralised rather than distilled
water. Consider an electrolyte replacement drink as well.
Please notify us of any medical conditions that we should be aware of.
We will assume clients have their own medications for asthma or known
illnesses. Insect repellent is not obligatory, but advisable if you tend
to attract insects.
Payment can be made in cash at the start of the tour, or by electronic
money transfer pre-tour. Prices quoted in Hong Kong
dollars. HK$7.75 = US$1.00
Our tours and hikes are driven by client demand. Please consult our
website for the current schedule.