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“Over-rated & Expensive”
Review of Sai Kung

Sai Kung
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Ranked #22 of 861 things to do in Hong Kong
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Sai Kung is a small fishing village with picturesque boats, beaches and mountain scenery. The fresh seafood is plentiful and there are many dining options and wine bars along the seaside promenade. A day at the beach here makes for a nice change of pace from Hong Kong.
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Reviewed June 25, 2014

I was told by local Hongkongers not to go because it has become very touristy & prices have gone up a lot over the years.... only tourist go. The seafood at Tin Wan in Aberdeen is cheaper & fresh - just as good. If you go to the New Terrirories, the seafood gets cheaper... & that's where locals go.

7  Thank PhuanSE
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Reviewed June 21, 2014

I took a break to go to this place during my Hong Kong visit because of the rave reviews. The first thing I noticed that, while marketed as the "Sai Kung Fishing Village", it was not a village at all, more like a mid-sized town (I think the population is ~12,000). If you therefore expect an authentic Hong Kong fishing village experience, you'll be disappointed.

Next thing I noticed was that there wasn't much fishing going on. At the very edge of the town there was a fishing boat harbor (I didn't see any actual fishermen), but the vast majority of the shore is taken up by the promenade, which is anything but fishing-related. The promenade is just a large commercialized space for water sports and transport boats to nearby islands. Maybe one of those has a fishing village? I don't know. I didn't take a boat, and in any case none of the boat operators seem to speak English, so unless you know exactly where you want to go, talking to them is pointless (unless you speak Cantonese).

The prices all around are on the expensive side—the seafood restaurants can have prices double of those in Hong Kong/Kowloon, and the food is not especially different.

Going into the town itself, it's actually somewhat nice, in that it's much less crowded than Hong Kong, but overall it's unremarkable. There is a Buddhist temple on the main street, a public square and... that's pretty much all.

I leave some hope that the atmosphere on the islands is more authentic, you can go there by boat. However, you really need to know where you're going in advance, I assumed that for a tourist area this wouldn't be difficult to figure out. I was wrong.

5  Thank Ynhockey
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Reviewed June 13, 2014

Although it's starting to get developed, it still keeps a lot of its fishing village charm, with fishermen selling their catches off their boats right off the pier. Lots of paid tours take you out to the geological reserve, but my favourite part is the beautiful scenery, and the fact that you can rent kayaks and windsurf boards for ridiculously cheap prices. Then you paddle around and explore the islands in this sheltered bay.

1  Thank Brandon C
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Reviewed June 5, 2014

A true escape from the bustling city of HK, in an environment that is certainly more relaxing. A stroll in the promenade and in the public pier (there are two) is a rewarding experience. Take the time to watch the fishermen in their boats by the pier to segregate their catch in different containers: live fish and seafood for sale to whoever is interested.

The village itself offers a temple and a wide range of shops from Starbucks and McDonalds to classic chinese street restaurants. But the main offering is its seafood restaurants. For the Brits that miss home there is even a fish and chips shop (Chip In).

The 'must' visit restaurant for seafood lovers is Chuen Kee (any of the many by the pier). It is a Michelin recommended restaurant also endorsed by famous food writer Chua Lam. You can choose from a number of set menus with many offers. We chose the set menu for two where we could order 4 dishes out of the 14 offered.

We chose sauteed lobster with noodles and cheese sauce (apparently the shop's speciality), stir-fried clams with black bean sauce, steamed fish with ginger and spring onions, steamed crab with chinese wine, a vegetable dish (pakchoi with garlic), and fruit (watermelon). The cost of these was HK$418 which is a real bargain considering that all the dishes were in full portions.

We returned to HK with the 16 seater 1A minibus as suggested by other contributors who we thank for their suggestions. A wonderful day out which we strongly recommend!

3  Thank AlexPOxford_UK
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

Sun, sand and fish.... If you love your seafood this is the place to stay. Fresh seafood restaurants clutter the seafront offering all sorts of delicacies, the pubs are friendly and offer reasonably priced drinks, all the amenities you need and readily available public transport with the nearest MTR station 1 hour away by the 101M (8$HK) bus or 25mins by taxi ($100HK)

The streets are small and busy and full of sights and smells along with some familiar favorites.

There is a quaint seafront which is teaming with locals relaxing in the sun and regular boat trips to the local islands.

Overall this is a fantastic place to stay away from all the hustle and bustle of city life while keeping it close at hand.

1  Thank Nathan W
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