As I’ve mentioned before, one of my favorite things about Hong Kong is that you can go from a concrete jungle to beautiful landscapes relatively quickly.
A couple weeks ago my friend, Peter, and I hopped on to his motorcycle for a ride to Sai Kung. It was a warm and sunny afternoon so we were off for a hike to Tai Long Wan. It took a motorcycle ride then a quick taxi to get us to the starting point of the hike.
Literally translating to “Big Wave Bay,” Tai Long Wan connsists of four gorgeous beaches in the New Territories of Hong Kong. But for a girl who just came back from the freezing cold Swiss Alps, where my most intense workout was walking to apres ski in my ski boots, this hike was not easy.
My aching lungs felt like the hike was largely uphill and before we got to the first beach, I didn’t really know where I was hiking to. I didn’t have the image of a sandy beach to motivate me during the climb.
I did have Peter literally pulling me by the arm up flights of steps. What a fun hiking partner I was!
But once we arrived at the first beach, I started to realize why the journey was going to be worth it.
There were a few people walking along the shore and there was a small eatery right on the beach. We also spotted a few tents and a shack renting out camping gear.
I guess I could see why you might want to camp out here. It was sort of pretty out here.
We didn’t have too much time to spend at the first beach though. We had our eyes set on the next beach along the coast which meant we were off to do more hiking (and sweating).
And my lungs were off to do more complaining. Ooft.
But before I know it I was looking over this view.
We had nearly made it!
After a hurried walk down the last set of stairs, we were on the beach.
And lucky for us, after that long hike, there was a small restaurant for us to visit and refuel once we crossed this beauty of a bridge.
As we had to get back to Peter’s bike before the sun completely set, we didn’t get as much time as I would’ve hoped on the beach. A quick frolick in the water, a few photos, and it was time for the hike back.
My next trip there will require a longer stay, don’t you think? Perhaps one that includes an overnight tent on the beach?
Have you ever been beachside camping? What are your favorite hiking spots?