A comprehensive guide to hiking in Sai Kung and the surrounding area.
It all started with the question, “Do you like hiking?”, and here we are, six months down the track. The Sai Kung & Clearwater Bay Hiking Guide falls under Fast Media’s line of publications and is the first of its kind for the company.
With the help of photographers, animal lovers, village chiefs and local experts, The Sai Kung & Clearwater Bay Hiking Guide has come to fruition. Over the course of late 2016 and early 2017, hundreds of kilometres was walked and thousands of photos were taken to bring you the best routes in one guide. The guide encapsulates 12 of best hikes in the Sai Kung and Clearwater Bay area ranging from easy, moderate to difficult, and includes pushchair-friendly routes.
The guide will take you across the whole stretch of Sai Kung – from Three Fathoms Cove, Ma On Shan to High Junk Peak and the notorious Sharp Peak. We’ve also included some outdoor activities, local history and personal stories from Sai Kung boat dwellers and a World War II survivor.
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BEHIND THE SCENES
After several weeks of planning, research and dotting routes on a map, it was time to actually start hiking. With his camera strapped to his chest and his hiking boots on, our senior staff writer and Sai Kung resident, Eric Ho, set out on his first hike to Trio Beach.
There wasn’t much luck with the weather as the weeks and months went by, actually it got worse before it got better, but it didn’t dampen Eric’s spirits – there were more routes and magnificent places to discover. Every sunny day was taken advantage of and spent in the wilderness of Hong Kong’s backyard.
Out on the trails, Eric equipped himself with a full set of camera equipment to ensure he was ready to capture every moment he stumbled upon. His camera itinerary included two tripods, two cameras bodies, four lenses, five batteries and 10 memory cards. Carrying the significant weight alongside the typical hiking equipment made the hikes even harder, but we hope the extra effort shows through the photos themselves.
Each trail was carefully traced onto a map and hiking notes converted into easy to follow text. The maps have been uploaded online and are accessible on your mobile via a QR code.
The hikes were carefully selected, based on a range of factors, including distance, duration, the amount of climbing, the surface of terrain and of course the views. With the help of expert hikers, we eventually narrowed the hikes down to the best 12. Some routes are simple and are no longer than 5km, but there are also some that span over 12km and require physical training like hiking the notorious Sharp Peak.
The guide will take you across some of Sai Kung’s most beautiful hills, beaches, rocky peninsulas and more. The hikes include scrambling through hilly slopes, trekking through muddy patches and weaving through dense forests, but one thing was evident – and that was the sweeping views that each hike gave, time and time again.
Over the next few months, the team sifted through thousands of photos, selecting the most stunning images to be placed in the guide and soon enough, it started to come together.
The Sai Kung and Clearwater Bay Hiking Guide is not all about the hikes. We’ve included some of Sai Kung’s best camping spots where, with the right conditions, you can admire the Milky Way, engaged a film producer about famous movies filmed in the area as well as a guide to some of the wildlife you might encounter along the way.
Sai Kung charms residents and visitors alike with the sheer beauty of its long white beaches, clear jade sea and mountainous terrain. There’s no better way to experience the district than tackling its spectacular hiking routes. Happy trails.