Despite Hong Kong's urban disposition, there's plenty of chances to be outdoorsy and atheltic in this great city. Whether it's swimming, hiking or cycling, we've got you covered with the best spots, so it's only natural that we put together the best places for that rugged weekend getaway.
Situated on the beautiful sands of Pui O Beach, Treasure Island provides you with everything you need to survive a night away from home. Expert staff can set up your tent and loan you all the camping and barbecue equipment you need. All you have to do is show up. There are also plenty of restaurants nearby if you burn your dinner...
How to get there: Take a ferry from Central to Mui Wo, then catch a bus (1 or 4) from the ferry terminal to Pui O. $500 (two-person tent), $700 (four-person tent) per night.
You should feel like you’re worlds away from the city as you set up camp and take in the crystal-clear water and fine sand at Long Ke Wan. The campsite here has barbecue pits aplenty, as well as benches, tables and a seasonal water source. Bring your own supplies though. This is as basic as it gets in our city.
How to get there: Take the MTR to Choi Hung station and grab a green minibus (1A) to Sai Kung town. Take a taxi from there to the East Dam at High Island Reservoir, where it’s a 20 minute walk up to Long Ke Wan.
If you really want to escape the rat race, the beach at Tai Long Sai Wan is one of the most idyllic spots in HK. Come during the week if you want
to avoid the crowds. And if you walk a little further to Ham Tin Wan, you can rent tents, sleeping bags and surfboards.
How to get there: Take the MTR to Choi Hung station and jump on a green minibus (1A) to Sai Kung town. Take a minibus (29R) from outside McDonald’s and alight at the Sai Wan Pavilion. Follow the signposts and paths to Sai Wan for 40 minutes.
Overlooking Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park, the Wan Tsai South campsite has breathtaking views, as well as large bathrooms and excellent cooking facilities. Bring a telescope too – this area is renowned for its starry nights.
How to get there: From Sai Kung Bus Terminal take a bus (94) to the Wong Shek Terminus. Then hop straight on to the Wan Tsai-bound ferry at Wong Shek Pier. From there it is just a five minute walk over to the campsite.
This picturesque site on the northern slope of Shek Au Shan sees campers surrounded by lush trees, vibrant wildlife and a freshwater stream. Getting here only takes about an hour and there are bathrooms with flush toilets as well as barbecue pits.
How to get there: Take a minibus (52B) from Fanling MTR Station and get off at Hok Tau Tsuen Terminus. Walking along Hok Tau Road towards Hok Tau Reservoir for around 15 minutes before reaching the campsite.