Sai kung East Country Park

Sai kung East Country Park, Hong Kong: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Sai kung East Country Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Sai kung East Country Park
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Madison
4 contributions
Get your bearings
Mar 2021
We got lost. Our devices had no batteries. There are not clear signs. We asked locals who would not even answer a simple query. Terrible !
Written April 18, 2021
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,070 contributions
Remote Beaches, A Dam & The MacLehose Trail
Feb 2021
This is a very beautiful area that extends over 3000 hectares and includes stretches of the MacLehose Hiking Trail, the beautiful and remote Tai Long Wan beaches, the East Dam and High Island Reservoir, the unique UNESCO Global Geopark and rugged mountains like Sharp Peak.
It's quite special but it is too far away for most visitors to include on a short itinerary and in any case, it will mostly interest people who enjoy hiking and exploring more remote and wilder natural areas.
The most well known and popular hike is the 100 km long MacLehose Trail, which is broken into 12 stages. Stages 1 & 2 run through the park. Of the two, Stage 2 is the most scenic and is the one that many people recommend. Stage 1 is relatively easy but it’s mainly along the roadside and therefore not as appealing. Most people prefer to skip Stage 1 and take a taxi through the country park to the start of Stage 2.
The challenging (scary) Sharp Peak trail is for for experienced and hardy hikers.
Entry to the park is free.
GETTING HERE: It can be a trek if you are coming from Central by public transport and you’ll need to catch trains and a bus. A taxi cost us about $270HKD (which is much the same as an uber) and is worth considering especially if there is a group of you. Public transport stops at the country park gates and private cars are not allowed inside either so once here, your only option is to walk in or catch a taxi to a particular point in the park. Make sure you come prepared for the day as there are only a few, basic opportunities to buy things so water, hat, sunscreen and snacks are essentials.
Written March 21, 2021
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Family friendly echo park
Jan 2021 • Friends
Family friendly echo park
Travelling in weekend is not easy as too many ppl and long queue for the bus
But worth it

Enjoy 😉🥰🤗
Written January 31, 2021
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China133,090 contributions
Hard to imagine this is Hong Kong
Dec 2020
This is one of Hong Kong's wild country havens and the location of some of the territories most rewarding hiking opportunities. The Sai Kung East Country Park is nearly 45 sq. km of country park that was designated in 1978. It butts up against the sea to the east and the Sai Kung West Country Park to the west.

The Sai Kung East Country Park is probably best known for the world famous MacLehose Trail, one of National Geographic's 20 World Dream Trails. The first two stages of this 100-km trail pass through Sai Kung East. However, it is also the location of some of the very best of the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, including less known but impressive Po Pin Chau Trail (also called the Pak Lap Wan Loop Trail) and the family-friendly High Island Geo Trail, which allows hikers up close access and experiences with the rare Hexagonal Volcanic Columns known as Organ Pipes. This area of Hong Kong has giant stacks of Organ Pipes that form entire islands like Po Pin Chau and long stretches of cliffy escarpments which you can view from the Pak Lap Wan Loop Trail.

The better known trails like the MacLehose Stage 1 (along the southern shore and East Dam of the High Island Reservoir and Stage 2 which skirts the wild countryside and rugged mountains of eastern shore are very popular for their isolated beaches with turquoise water and beautiful views. These section trails are quite heavily beaten on weekends and public holidays but can be very quiet on weekdays.

Wild camping is possible at various locations in the country park. There are dedicated campsites as well but you need to do your research in advance. The dedicated campsites are presently closed due to the pandemic and transportation into and out of the country park can be limited. Taxi is the main way to enter the area along with limited mini-bus service; including 9A which runs to/from East Dam on Sundays and Public Holidays and 94 which runs throughout the week calling on stops along Pak Tam Road, which serves as the boundary between Sai Kung East and West Country Parks.

Note: There is very almost access to food or drinks within the country park beyond a couple of casual beach cafes found at the isolated village beaches along a few of the trails. As such, it is important to pack accordingly with adequate food and drinks prior to entering the park. Public toilet facilities are available but at strategic locations.

In the end, Sai Kung East Country Park is a great place to experience the wild side of Hong Kong that is drastically different to the busy streets found throughout the commercial and residential areas of the city. It is a really good retreat for those wanting to spend a day reconnecting with nature.
Written January 3, 2021
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Mike D
Bristol, UK6 contributions
Stunning Coast and Beaches
Dec 2020
I have resided on and off for 35 years in HK. I had always been close to visiting but never had until last week. Hyped up locations are a pain to realise but this place is beyond all the hype. Its a location that compares to any and I have been fortunate to see many around our beautiful planet.
Written December 17, 2020
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Marishaan
Zengcheng, China89 contributions
Gorgeous, nothing else to say.
Nov 2019
This park is absolutely stunning. It has many options of beaches and pathways, all of it will take your breath away. Pak Lap is hidden in this park as well and promises the most delicious food. Well worth a visit!
Written October 23, 2020
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Ron S
13 contributions
Great getaway from the city, lots of water activities.
Sep 2020
Really great spot to spend a day when you can't get out of town. Rent a floating party platform with BBQ, coolers, swimming, wake boarding etc. Really fun place to book with friends.
Written October 7, 2020
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richard chaplin
2 contributions
SAI KUNG EAST COUNTRY PARK
Dec 2019
Ok, Well,
I think the view in Sai Kung East Country Park is great!
Get there with your family!
I like it.
Written July 19, 2020
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Jim
4 contributions
Most people miss this must see highlight of HK!
Feb 2020
If have car available, this is a must see day trip. Not often advertised internationally, this is a nature lovers paradise with UNESCO parks. Also deeper into the park are pristine beaches and even a protected Marine Park. Clearwater Bay which is closer to HK island also has popular beaches (Clearwater Bay 1 & 2 beaches). Sai Kung town has old low rise buildings with traditional fishing village feel. Try the live seafood restaurants along the piers and walk around the narrow footpaths of Old Sai Kung town to experience authentic cuisines and handicrafts.
Written March 18, 2020
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China133,090 contributions
One of Hong Kong's very best rural retreats
Feb 2020
Sai Kung East Country Park is a 44.77 sq. kilometre country park that was designated in 1978 and includes some of the most beautiful and best hiking locations in Hong Kong. It is made up of rolling hills, large reservoir, wooded and rugged mountain terrain, coastal gems with isolated beaches and features geological treasures that form part of the Hong Kong UNESCO Global GeoPark.

Early stages of the MacLehose Trail, one of National Geographic's 20 World Dream trails crosses through the Sai Kung East Country Park, providing hikers with long stretches of delightful trekking and view points. The beaches found along this hike are amongst the finest in Hong Kong. Camping is available for those interested in overnight visits.

Other hiking highlights in the area include Sharp Peak, Po Pin Chau and the short and easy Geo Trail below the High Island Reservoir East Dam. At this location, you will find one the easiest places to enjoy the UNESCO Global GeoPark where you see remarkable volcanic hexagonal columns and other geological features rarely seen anywhere.

As for transportation, local bus routes connect various points within the Country Park from Sai Kung Village. You can also hire boats to take you directly to some of the feature beaches around Long Ke and Tai Long Wan.

In the end, the Sai Kung East Country Park is one of the rural treasures in Hong Kong. It is rather isolated but connected well enough to enjoy some of its highlights as 1/2 day, full day and even overnight visits. This country park is a great place for outdoor enthusiasts who live in Hong Kong as well as visitors seeking a rural retreat from the busy city streets of the city.
Written March 16, 2020
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