Tai Long Wan

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.

Guide to hiking and relaxing in Hong Kong's Tai Long Wan beach in Sai Kung New Territories

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.

Guide to hiking and relaxing in Hong Kong's Tai Long Wan beach in Sai Kung New Territories

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.

Guide to hiking and relaxing in Hong Kong's Tai Long Wan beach in Sai Kung New Territories

I guess I could see why you might want to camp out here. It was sort of pretty out here.

Guide to hiking and relaxing in Hong Kong's Tai Long Wan beach in Sai Kung New Territories

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!

Guide to hiking and relaxing in Hong Kong's Tai Long Wan beach in Sai Kung New Territories

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.

Guide to hiking and relaxing in Hong Kong's Tai Long Wan beach in Sai Kung New Territories

Guide to hiking and relaxing in Hong Kong's Tai Long Wan beach in Sai Kung New Territories

Guide to hiking and relaxing in Hong Kong's Tai Long Wan beach in Sai Kung New Territories

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.

Guide to hiking and relaxing in Hong Kong's Tai Long Wan beach in Sai Kung New Territories

Peter

My next trip there will require a longer stay, don’t you think? Perhaps one that includes an overnight tent on the beach?

Guide to hiking and relaxing in Hong Kong's Tai Long Wan beach in Sai Kung New Territories

Who’s in?

Guide to hiking and relaxing in Hong Kong's Tai Long Wan beach in Sai Kung New Territories

Have you ever been beachside camping? What are your favorite hiking spots?

 

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  • Wow what a beautiful place and yes stunning views! I agree camping out on the beach would be wonderful! Thank you for linking up for Travel Tuesday! x

    • I love linking up each week! Thanks for hosting

  • GirlMeetsGlobe

    I’m not much of a hiker, but it’s always nice when it’s worth it in the end! Looks like a gorgeous place!

    • Beautiful views are the only thing that motivate me for a long hike. Thanks for stopping by!

  • I think camping here sounds amazing! Looks so beautiful, I love hiking here in Iceland, you always see the most amazing views.

    • Wow! Lucky you! I would love to hike in Iceland one day.

  • danniellek

    We thought about camping on the beach, but we camped out right next to it and there was enough sand in our tent to start our own beach, so imagine if you camped out on it! haha. This place looks worth the climb and burning lungs though.

    • I get SO sandy whenever I go to the beach. It just sticks to me. Camping will require a lot of wet wipes and probably won’t be more than just an overnight trip, but I’m looking forward to it

  • This places looks well worth the hike! I am missing the beach so much. Great pictures!

    • Thank you! It was definitely a great trip outside the city center

  • I definitely wouldn’t expect a place like this to be so close to Hongkong! 😉 I’ve actually just booked a flight to Hongkong for this summer – can’t wait! 🙂

    • Have you been to Hong Kong before? You’re going to have a great time! I LOVE Hong Kong. Let me know if you need any recommendations

  • This looks like an amazing trip – your photos are BEAUTIFUL!

    • Thank you! It’s beautiful and so close to the city.

  • Those views are gorgeous! Dare I say even worth the hike? 🙂 Definitely sounds like a fun place to camp out for a day or two!

    • Now that I have the pictures, I’ve almost forgotten what a tricky hike it was. Definitely worth it!

  • Lovely. Want to go!! 🙂 I’ve camped on beaches in Hawaii. So fun! So many people do it there, though; I’d love to camp out on a beach where my tent was one of the only tents.

    • I’ve never camped out on a beach before, but I bet the beaches in Hawaii are perfect for camping! Thanks for stopping by

  • Gorgeous photos!!!! Looks like a place I’d love to visit!

    • Thank you! It’s a great spot to visit and I’m lucky that it’s close enough to visit even just for the day

  • First of all – I’m so happy I’ve found your blog, it’s so inspiring! You’ve got yourself a new follower here 🙂 Also… ah, I do miss beachside camping! I used to do it a lot when I lived in the Canary Islands (also one of my favourite places to go hiking). Lovely photos!

    • Thank you so much! I’m glad you’ve been enjoying my blog. I bet camping in the Canary Islands made for a gorgeous sight!

  • Just found your blog – and loving reading about your travels. Great photography too!

    • Thank you, Molly! Glad to hear you’re enjoying my blog. Thanks for stopping by

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  • Peter Fowler

    Cool article! I’ve been wanting to do this hike for ages! I’m hoping to embark on it this weekend, thanks for the insight!