- Sai Kung, New Territories
- Starting point:
- Chui Tung Au (Sai Wan Pavilion)
- End point:
- Pak Tam Au
- Average hiking time:
- Approximately 7 hours
- 11 km
- Replenishing stations:
- Eateries in Sai Wan and Ham Tin Village
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Tai Long Wan Hike
This route covers part of Section 2 of the MacLehose Trail, where you’ll be treated to views of scenic coastline, mangroves and a chain of some of the most beautiful beaches in Hong Kong. Tai Long Wan literally translates as ‘Big Wave Bay’, and it has four spectacular beaches, each gazing upon the Pacific Ocean to the east. White sands and emerald waters are tempting diversions here for hikers in need of a refreshing dip.
From MTR Diamond Hill Station, Exit C2, take bus 92 to Sai Kung bus terminus. Then catch a taxi from outside McDonald’s in Sai Kung Town or take minibus NR29 to Sai Wan Pavilion.
This is where your journey begins. Head in the direction of Sai Wan.
Pass Chui Tung Au and head for Sai Wan, a beach favourite with local hikers and surfers. If you’re feeling peckish, there are a number of small eateries here too.
Overlooking Ham Tin Beach is a rickety, single-plank bridge crossing the sand dunes.
You must pass through Tai Long Au to scale Sharp Peak, which, as its name suggests, is one of the steepest climbs in Hong Kong. Even if you wimp out on the climb, the views of Ham Tin Beach and Sharp Peak are breathtaking even from here.
Chek Keng is a 200-year-old village in an inner gulf of Sai Kung. There are several kinds of mangroves growing near the shallow waters, which are inhabited by fiddler crabs and mudskippers.
This is where Section 2 of the MacLehose Trail ends and Section 3 begins. Together with the nearby Ngau Wu Tun, this is an ideal spot for camping and orienteering. It also commands a great view of Ko Tong Hau and the Wong Shek pier below.
From Pak Tam Au, take bus 94 to the Sai Kung bus terminus, or catch a taxi back to Sai Kung Town.
To the starting point:
- From MTR Diamond Hill Station Exit C2, take bus 92 to Sai Kung Bus Terminus; or,
from Sha Tin New Town Plaza Bus Terminus, take bus 299 to Sai Kung Bus Terminus.
- Then take a green taxi to the Sai Wan Pavilion; or,
at Sai Kung Town (outside McDonald's) take NR29 minibus to Sai Wan Pavilion (about 35 minutes ride).
Take bus 94 to the Sai Kung Bus Terminus or take a green taxi back to the Sai Kung Town.