Went hiking in Sai Kung yesterday, known informally as the “back garden” of Hong Kong – it was the best hike I’ve had in HK yet. It lasted from 10.30am to 5.30pm. I didn’t expect it to take so long so I ran out of water and had little real food, but it was great nonetheless.
It took longer than expected because 1) we weren’t sure of the route; 2) one of us was ill and we had to proceed really slowly at times; 3) the beaches were too beautiful to not stop and hang out for a bit!
We had brilliant weather, fantastic views, white sandy beaches, great company, and a fairly challenging route – everything I could ask for in a hike.
It was a route none of us had ever done, and involved much more than the paved concrete I’m used to here – going through bushes, scrambling on the hillside, sliding on rocky patches. I have a feeling I’m only just discovering the wonders of hiking here!
I loved it too much to not include a few more photos, so see below for more if so enticed!
In case if you are in town or are local, we hiked from the Sai Wan Pavillion to the East Dam of the High Island Reservoir via Chui Tung Au, Sai Wan Shan, Long Ke Tsai, and Long Ke.
If you can read Chinese, a fantastic resource for hiking routes in HK (with beautiful visuals) is here, with this particular route detailed here. The site has an English version, but only a fsmall portion of the routes have been translated. Nonetheless, click through it and just look at the photos – and tell me you aren’t inspired!