If you are sick of the glitzy skyscrapers in Hong Kong, head to Sai Kung for a refreshing change of environment. Located in the New Territories, Sai Kung is a great neighbourhood to experience the local Hong Kongers’ way of life. From indulging in fresh seafood, exploring the pristine beaches of Sai Kung East Country Park to cliff jumping at Sheung Luk Streams, there are many fun activities you can keep yourself occupied with.
Here is our guide on what to do at Sai Kung in a day. Instructions on how to get to Sai Kung Waterfront, Sai Wan Beach and Sheung Luk Streams are included in this guide too.
FLOATING SEAFOOD MARKET
Must-dos include watching the floating fish market in action – fishermen showcase their loots in their boats whilst locals haggle from the promenade. Upon agreement, the seafood will be delivered to the customers via a basket.
Many seafood restaurants line up the pier, offering the freshest seafood possible. Famous restaurants around the corner include Chuen Kee and Loaf On Chinese restaurants. The former was previously listed in the Michelin Guide while the latter has been bestowed an honorable Michelin star.
Should you be unfortunately allergic to seafood, there are many casual eateries of other cuisines such as a Burger Deli and Thai Nong Khai.
HOW TO GET TO SAI KUNG WATERFRONT
Take the MTR to Choi Hung Station and head for exit C2. You will usually see a long line formed outside the bus stop but fret not – the queue moves pretty fast.
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You can take either the green mini bus A1 or KMB 92. Bus A1 takes about 25 minutes and the frequency of it is approximately every 5 minutes. Bus 92 on the otherhand takes a little longer to arrive Sai Kung.
SAI WAN BEACH
If you are feeling adventurous, do embark on a hiking trail towards Sai Wan Beach. A return hike take from Sai Wan Ting to Sai Wan Beach takes about an hour and is relatively easy as it is fully paved.
However, there are steep sections that may require more stamina. During the hike you will pass by a breathtaking view of High Island Reservoir and grass-grazing cattle at the countryside village. Remember to book surfboards in advance if you intend to spend an afternoon surfing at Sai Wan Beach.
HOW TO GET TO SAI WAN BEACH
Take mini bus number 29R from Sai Kung Bus Terminus (HK 20 per person for a single trip). If traveling in a group, you may want to grab a taxi instead (HKD 100). The journey up to Sai Wan Ting takes about 20 to 30 minutes.
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Make your way back to Sai Wan Ting before the last bus departs in the late afternoon (timing varies daily) or you can call a taxi from Sai Kung Taxi Calling Centre. There are three numbers you can dial, 2383 0899, 2729 1199 and 2729 6600. It is recommended that you make the call on your hike back as reception fluctuates and the last thing you would want to do is to be stranded at the peak.
SHEUNG LUK STREAMS
If you can, explore beyond Sai Wan Beach and visit Sheung Luk Streams. Sheung Luk is a popular cliff-jumping destination and is best visited during summer. This activity will probably take an additional hour or two, so do plan your day trip ahead!
HOW TO GET TO SHEUNG LUK STREAMS
Getting to Sheung Luk Streams is the tricky part as there are no clear-cut directions on how to get there. If you already facing Sai Wan Beach from the village, turn away and head left towards the campsite. Follow the sand trail and you know you are near when passing by a secluded hydroponic farm. Advance further in and you would be warned by signboard about the difficulties ahead. Proceed at your own risk!
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