While Hong Kong has an array of incredible hikes, there is no doubt that Sai Kung offers some of the most remote and challenging hikes.
I set out with a group of friends from our home on Hong Kong island to hike Sai Kung on a Friday. While the East and West Country Parks are accessible by transit, a few connections have to be made. Three bus routes and two subway lines later, we were in the middle of nature with little plans for our hike.
With a vague goal of reaching the Tai Long Wan beaches, we plunged into the wilderness of Sai Kung’s East Country Park on the MacLehose Trail. While the slopes are steep, almost of the trails are paved, making hiking possible even after the worst thunder storms. The sun was out and the humidity high making hiking tough and our plentiful supplies of water necessary. Throughout the hike we encountered multiple eerily-abandoned villages populated by derelict buildings. Each turn revealed new view of lush green mountain sides or sail boats out on the waters below. Few other groups passed us as we navigated the winding trails.
After a few wrong turns, we reached our goal for the day, Sharp Peak. From here we had an incredible view of the surrounding area including the unspoiled coastline. From the peak we headed straight in the direction of the beaches below and emerged from the foliage onto a pristine deserted beach. Exhausted after the steep ascent to the peak and the heat of the day, we plunged into the refreshing waters of the ocean. As the sun set behind the mountains, we soaked up this moment so removed from the hustle and bustle of normal Hong Kong life.