Skooter reporting 10/25/12
Hong Kong’s glorious season, autumn, which brings breathing space from the unyielding humidity that, chokes the city for most of the year.
The climate is cool enough not to sweat freely yet still warm outside at night, perfect for camping. Plus Hong Kong's nearby beaches and well-located equipment rental sites into the blend and a night spent in the great outdoors becomes stress-free, even for visitors.
Go Sai Kung, a town in the far northeast reaches of the territory, clear water, soft sand and verdant mountains makes it incredible you are just an hour away from Hong Kong’s bustling city center. Take a subway journey, right after, take a short taxi ride and the next thing you know, you are in the heart of Sai Kung East Country Park, one of Hong Kong's biggest and most beautiful breath of air. After stepping out from your cab at the end of Sai Kung Sai Wan Road, start from the trailhead at the park’s Sai Wan pavilion and take leisure walk for about 5km along the MacLehose Trail. You'll pass the small village of Sai Wan where you can take a snack or a drink to put some extra energy to continue your trek along the clearly signposted, paved path ‘til you reach Ham Tin Beach. Click here to find step-by-step directions. Look for the beachfront Hoi Fung Restaurant or you can call them at this number 852-6190-6593 they rents out tents, sleeping bags and camping mats for the night at extremely reasonable prices. At a typical night, the beach would be dotted with crude bonfires and strains of music from portable speakers, as groups of friends and families sauntered by the water. Speedboat services are also offered by the restaurant back to the town of Sai Kung for 120 Hong Kong dollars.
West of Hong Kong Island is the Lantau Island, and there are two other idyllic seaside camping spots. Lantau's fairly few residents, as well as its loads of uncultivated green mountains and immaculate beaches, mean that it's a perfect and manageable haven. In addition, the island is home to Hong Kong's endangered population of water buffalo, who can often be viewed walk heavily along the beach. Along Lantau's south shore is on Pui O beach, where events space Ooh-La La (852-2984-8710) offers more than 200 tents for rent and a private campsite set up just at the back of their restaurant. Further west, a lovely stretch of sand called Cheung Sha Wan is home to two other camping sites. Palm Beach (852-2980-4822) has eccentric accommodation in the form of teepees, as well as luxurious safari tents that accommodate six and are furnished with air mattresses, bedding sets and a table and chairs. Neighboring Long Coast Seasports (852-8104-6222) offers both small and roomy tents with different levels of furnishing, some even have air-conditioning, as well as a selection of water sports equipment including kayaks, bodyboards and skimboards.