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Bois de Boulogne, second largest park in Paris on the west side of Paris 16th district. It was Napoléon's idea to have lakes in this park, like in Hyde Park in London, "to give life to this arid promenade". The upper and lower lake receive their water from a canal drawn from Ourq River and from artesian wells in Passy. I pass by this lake almost everyday and never get tired of this beautiful view.
Elena, a friend of mine, had posted pictures of these amazing beaches last august 2014 and since then, I always meant to go there myself to appreciate with my own eyes the beauty of this bay. Based in Taiwan and then Paris, I got the chance to visit about 4/5 times HK this year and it was on my last trip I eventually managed to explore Tai Long Wan Beach.
Located on the east coast of the Sai Kung Peninsula in HK, Tai Long Wan became one of my favorite spots of HK. Surprisingly, business tourism activities have not hit this beautiful area. No hotel options and only and one or two local restaurants are settled in Sai Wan and Ham Tin Wan. I am not sure how long this will last but as for now, it’s a perfect get away destination if you are looking at escaping the busy and noisy streets of HK.
There are 4 beaches: Tai Long Wan (the southern beach, first one you see when you reach the bay by hike), Ham Tin Wan 鹹田灣, Tai Wan 大灣 and Tung Wan東灣.
Tai wan is supposed to be the most spectacular & private but I didn't have time to reach this spot. Tung Wan is the most remote beach.
Hike, swim, surf, camp, party with friends, sunbathe & chill out
How to get there:
- You need to first get to Sai Kung Town. Take the MTR to MongKok and then take the minibus to SaiKung from outside the Kwong Wah Hospital. (Other option: take the MTR and exit at Diamond Hill, exit C and take bus 92).
- From Sai Kung, a few possible options.
- The cheapest way is to take the 29R bus. It’s about 5/10 mn walk from the minibus last stop. It gets quickly packed and I think they are not too frequent departures so check ahead the time table or just take a green taxi to Sai Wan Pavillion.
From the pavilion, you can hike about 1h to Ham Tin Wan or Tai wan. It’s easy to find your way and the hike is really enjoyable.
- If you want to skip the hike and are willing to spend a little more money, from Wong Shek Ferry Pier, hire a private speedboat to take you all the way to Ham Tin Beach ($300+ for the boat), or direct from Sai Kung to Tai Long Wan (under $200 each).
To go back to the city:
- You can follow the same path. But after one day of sunbathing and swimming, you can also return by speedboat. Ask the restaurant owners to order a boat at Sai Wan or Ham Tin back to either Wong Shek Pier ($80 per head, 20 mins) or Sai Kung Town directly ($100-120 per head, 30 mins). Definitely worth it. On weekdays, they provide boat return depending on the number of people. Latest was at 5.30pm the last time I was there and Ham Tin didn't have any boat ride back as the beach was empty.
- From Wong Shek Pier, you can take bus no. 94 back to Sai Kung Town (30mins). Beware of the queue...last time, we had to wait about 30mn before stepping in the bus.
If this is a one day trip, leave early in the morning
If you want to do the hike, avoid being hungover...Getting to Tai Long Wan is actually very long. We left in the morning and it took us about 2h30/3h to get there. It's a long way and worth organizing yourself ahead in terms of transportation
Next time, I would use the speedboat, especially if this is a one day trip, in order to save some time
The best would be to camp there and stay two days, to fully enjoy there, take your time to chill out. You can rent the camping equipments from the restaurants
Bring water, some snacks and sunscreen