Camping in Tai Long Wan
Trip Start Feb 07, 2009
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Unquestionably the most scenic spot in Hong Kong is Tai Long Wan, or Big Wave Bay in English. This area on the Eastern shore of New Territories is comprised of 3 beaches, each a scenic jewel that you'd swear was part of the Thailand coast for its blue waters and verdant green cliffs. It's even more special because of its remote locale; to arrive, you must take at least 2 lines on the subway, a minibus, taxi, and hike. We opted to camp on the Southernmost beach, Sai Wan, since it's the shortest distance to hike into
Once we got to the beach, we pitched our tent on the entry to the rock pools. Just when we thought we had the beach all to ourselves, a troupe of 30+ youngsters came up on the beach with their LED headlamps. Throughout the night, in fact, they came in droves, with their rolling back packs and supersonic lights. We passed a wonderful night on the beach, with the waves, the squid boats in the horizon, and a fresh water supply flowing right into the ocean, perfect for washing up before bed. Unfortunately we had company in the tent with a pack of mosquitoes, but these are the natural consequences of camping. One of the more pleasant consequences, on the other hand, are the rises - in our case, both the moon and sunrise. While we were enjoying our wine, merrily cooking up our mac and cheese, we both saw a bright orange dot on the horizons between the last squid fishing boat and the cliff on the horizon. Slowly, but powerfully, the moon made its presence known, and it was an awesome sight. The next morning's sunrise did not fail to disappoint, either.
The following day we visited the rock pools and waterfalls, a fresh water haven that you have to wade through water and clamber over rocks to visit
Happy camping - and don't forget your umbrella for all that sunshine - the Chinese wouldn't be caught without it while hiking ; )