Last updated on August 3rd, 2020 at 11:26 am

Want to discover Sai Kung?

A Sai Kung Nature guide by a local geologist

Hi, my name is Nam and I’ve been living 20 minutes from Sai Kung since I was 9. I spent a lot of my life before 2015 studying in the UK, graduating with a MSci of Geology and an appreciation to mountains and nature.

I moved back to Hong Kong after graduation and have been discovering Sai Kung, the most beautiful ‘backgarden’ of Hong Kong. It is arguably the prettiest region in the whole of Hong Kong and I spend almost every weekend going to pristine beaches, on stunning hikes, and visiting hidden islands. While I’ve been writing all about Hong Kong’s many nature spots on my blog, I realise that I want to dig deeper and make a comprehensive guide for people who want to go deeper, too.

The whole thing took longer than I thought but I’m so excited to share 36+ islands, beaches, and routes in this guide. And I’ll strive to add to it as I explore my turf some more.

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Why Sai Kung?

Sai Kung not only has a Geological Park with hexagonal columns, it is also a marine park with the best water quality in the whole of Hong Kong. Because it cannot be reached by MTR or rails, and many areas have restricted access, it means that it is less polluted and developed. It is also the start of the MacLehose Trail, which spans over 100 km in Hong Kong. But there are also many trails that are lesser known, some I haven’t even covered on my blog!

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36+ unique destinations

36+ Islands, beaches, and hiking trails in details on this comprehensive guide over 180 pages long.

FREE GPX maps

Each hiking trail has a GPX file for you to download. You can import it (I recommend OSMAND) and simply follow the route!

Best photos + maps

I included all essential (and pretty) photos of each place as well as handdrawn map to make sure nothing is missing.

Interactive eguide

Navigation through the guide is made easy with links and themed lists so you never have to scroll through the whole pdf looking for one hike.

What is in the guide?

  • How to use the hiking guide – including tables of contents and other useful links
  • Essential Information – when to hike and how to stay safe & know where you are when hiking
  • Hiking Gears – the gears that you definitely need, should need, and a checklist before you go!
  • Getting Around – what transport options there are to Sai Kung and how to get around once you get to Sai Kung.

How to reach and what to see on 4 inner islands in the Port Shelter: Sharp Island, Half Moon Bay, Yim Tin Tsai, and Jin Island.

How to get to, get out with hand drawn maps:

  • Sharp Peak
  • Tai Wan Beach
  • Ham Tin Beach
  • Sai Wan Beach
  • Four Consecutive Pools and Falls
  • Kam Kui Shek Teng
  • Tai Yue Ngam Teng
  • Long Ke Beach
  • Po Ping Chau
  • Tai Cham Koi
  • Pak Lap Beach
  • Tai She Teng

How to get to, get out with hand drawn maps:

  • Tai Tan Country Trail
  • Hoi Ha
  • Ocean Point
  • Wong Mau Chau
  • Grass Island
  • Lai Chi Chong
  • Sham Chung
  • Yung Shue O
  • Lui Ta Shek
  • Tai Tun Shan
  • Sheung Yiu Country Trail

How to get to, get out with hand drawn maps:

  • Ma On Shan
  • MacLehose Trail Stage 2
  • Buffalo Hills
  • Nui Po Shan
  • Luk Chau Stone Forest
  • Madai Stream

How to get to, get out with hand drawn maps:

  • High Junk Peak
  • Lung Ha Wan Country Trail
  • Green Egg Island
  • Ninepin Islands

To make it easy to find what you want, I’ve also included:

  • themed hiking list
  • full list

Frequently Asked Question

What is in the guide?

Last updated on August 3rd, 2020 at 11:26 am

184 pages of information by yours truly – including essential information on getting in and around Sai Kung, 37+ islands/beaches/hiking trails as well.

Who is this guide for?

Last updated on August 3rd, 2020 at 11:26 am

It’s for anyone who wants to explore Sai Kung, people who are new to Hong Kong, beginner hikers who aren’t sure of which hikes to do, and those who’ve searched the internet but find the information available too simplistic (trust me, I’ve been there too). If you want to be very well prepped on your hike, this guide is for you!

Note: if you are an experienced hiker – then perhaps you don’t need such a detailed guide.

Why do I need the guidebook? Isn't most of these hikes on your blog?

Last updated on August 3rd, 2020 at 11:26 am

Yes, a lot of the hikes are already on the blog. But the guide has the added bonus of:

  • a map drawn by me to show you an overview of the trail
  • a gpx file that shows you the exact route on a map (I recommend OSM) that you can follow during the hike
  • a few exclusive hikes/beaches/islands that I never shared!

Why are you charging for an eguide?

Last updated on August 3rd, 2020 at 11:26 am

As much as I would love to provide everything for free, I too need to pay bills! This is for my 5 years of hiking expertise and weeks and months of work in putting them together. Think of this as me being your tour guide without actually being physically present.

Since there are over 36 unique locations on the guide, it means you are only paying 2-3 HKD each!

I've brought the guide, why is some longer than the others?

Last updated on August 3rd, 2020 at 11:26 am

I want to include every single note-worthy location but not every single one of them need that much information. For example, the beautiful Ham Tin Beach and Tai Wan Beach are amazing to visit, but once you get there, you only tan so there isn’t any extra info. Whereas enroute to Long Ke, you can stop by East Dam, which makes its section much longer.

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