Think of Hong Kong and you probably think of high rises, an urban jungle. I thought the same too, and I was so happy to discover that beyond the hustle and bustle of the city, there were lush hills and pristine beaches to explore. Wild Hong Kong organises adventure and eco tours across Hong Kong and the New Territories. Choose from hiking, biking, kayaking or canyoning – and they will show you a side of Hong Kong that you’ve never seen before.
I joined Rory, founder of Wild Hong Kong, for a hike to the Sai Kung beaches. We met up at the Hang Hau MTR station and then made our way to the outer region of the remote peninsula. There are no roads to the beaches and the only ways to reach them are by hiking or by boat.
The Sai Kung East Country Park is green upon green upon green. It was barely an hour from my downtown hotel but it felt like a world away. It had been raining for a couple of days but everything cleared up on the day of our hike and we were treated to a lovely sunny day without any haze.
We could look out over the High Island Reservoir, providing a beautiful vista of the mountains and coastline. As stunning as that was, it paled in comparison to the phenomenal Tai Long Wan beaches, a series of four beaches with Sai Wan beach as its crowning jewel. The fine white sand was completely unspoilt and as this was November, there was not a soul in sight. My favourite view was from high up in the hills looking across to the beaches of Ham Tin Wan and Sai Wan. It was breathtaking.
It was such a beautiful day. Rory was a lovely, laid-back guide and we had a laugh swapping travel stories. The hike was at a leisurely pace, which was perfect for me after the intensity of my manic Hong Kong days. I am heading back to Hong Kong in January and I can’t wait to see what else Rory and Wild Hong Kong have to show me.
Hong Kong weather can be changeable, so pack a few layers to give you options to dress and undress as the day progresses. It was a bit chilly for a swim while I was there but if you’re treated to a warm day, bring your swim gear! The water looked so tempting.
The Travel Nova’s verdict
There’s more to Hong Kong than meets the eye. See it at its rural best with the super friendly guides at Wild Hong Kong.
*This post was sponsored by Wild Hong Kong. The views expressed are my own.