The most scenic park in Hong Kong, Sai Kung East Country Park is known for its incredible sandy beaches, with 4494 hectares of coast and uplands. Whether you want an exhilarating hike up to one of Hong Kong’s peaks, or to relax on a remote beach with emerald waters lapping at your feet, a visit to Sai Kung East Country Park will give you an insight into an aspect of Hong Kong that not many tourists tend to experience.
With the largest number of bays and coves in Hong Kong, Sai Kung East Country Park is home to some beautifully idyllic beaches, the most popular of which is Sai Wan. Split into two beaches, with a gushing stream at each end, the south bay is where you will find calm waters at all times, even when the winds are blowing, while the north bay features a wide stretch of sand and intense swells. However, since this beach is the most popular in Hong Kong, it can also get quite crowded, and those wanting some peace and serenity, or simply a quiet spot to surf, are better off heading to Tai Wan Beach, which is the most remote, and the most unspoiled. For those seeking out facilities and restaurants, Ham Tin Beach is the one to visit, and you will also find a small camping area here for those wanting to spend the night.
Hiking and Nature Trails
There are a number of different hiking and nature trails that run throughout the park, each taking hikers on quite a different journey. For experienced hikers, there are a couple of different trails definitely worth trying. The trail leading to Sharp Peak, standing 468 meters above the lowlands, is a strenuous climb, but offers spectacular views from the top, while the Luk Wu Country Trail takes hikers past the Clearwater Bay peninsula and the High Island Reservoir. The Pak Tam Chung Nature Trail is ideal if you are hoping to enjoy a close-up view of the many native species of plants and wildlife that lives in the park, while those visiting with their family may want to take one of the park’s two family trails, each with a scenic mid-way stop for a short break.
The Sai Kung peninsula used to be home to a number of farmers and fisherman until the 50’s, when, just like with many other developed nations, these numbers started to decline. However, many of these traditional fishing and farming villages have been left intact, and are still home to some elderly residents, giving you a great insight into Hong Kong’s more traditional lifestyle. Another popular tourist attraction in the park are the Four Pools, which can be found near Sai Wan Beach’s north bay. This series of midstream plunge pools are a refreshing treat on a hot day, and are easy to access from the beach.
Hong Kong is known for being a busy metropolis, and there are many parts of the city that the majority of tourists do not tend to visit. If you want to experience the natural and wilder side of Hong Kong, then Sai Kung East Country Park is a great place to spend the day, providing you with a unique perspective of Hong Kong that you will never forget.