Set Up Camp
The sun is out, the rain is (hopefully!) at bay and we’re not afraid to venture too far from the comforts of air conditioning – yet! Spring is here, girls, so now is the time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful landscape. With so many amazing spots in HK, from beaches to hillsides, we’ve rounded up five of our favourite areas to pitch a tent and spend the night under the stars. Just grab a couple of friends, a cool-box of beer and some snacks, and you’ll be set for an adventurous weekend!
Tai Long Wan
If you’re after a beautiful beachfront setting, longing to watch the sun set (and rise!), this is the one for you. This site may take a little effort to get to, but we promise it’s worth it! Located on the eastern side of Sai Kung Country Park, the campsite is situated on stage two of the Maclehose Trail, so if you’re a hiking fan, make sure to check out all of the trails around the area. You can also rent surfboards and equipment from a restaurant in the village nearby, so why not spend the morning surfing before heading back to the hustle and bustle of the city?
Location: Sai Kung East Country Park, Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong
Facilities: Barbecue pits, basic toilets and sinks, restaurants, surf board rental, camping equipment rental
Getting there: Take the MTR to Choi Hung and head for Exit C. Take the 1A green minibus to Sai Kung (about 40 minutes). Then, take minibus 29R or a taxi from Sai Kung town and alight at the Sai Wan Pavilion terminal (about 30 mins). Follow the signposts and path to Sai Wan (roughly 40 mins) and follow the beach path to reach the camping area.
Tap Mun Island (Grass Island)
Although fairly secluded, Tap Mun is one of the most popular camping sites in HK. The remote grass island is located off the northern peninsula of Sai Kung and the campsite is perched atop a hill, offering panoramic views of the surrounding area. The site itself is not actually a government official campsite so don’t expect much in terms of facilities, but use the time to enjoy and get back to nature! The island is also renowned for wild cattle that roam free, so watch out, as they may sneak into your campsite in search of food!
Location: Northern Sai Kung Peninsula, New Territories, Hong Kong
Facilities: It’s an unofficial campsite so no facilities here!
Getting there: Take the 96R bus from Diamond Hill MTR (takes 90 minutes), or 94 bus from Sai Kung Town to Wong Shek Pier, then catch the ferry to the island (takes around 30 minutes).
Another beautiful beach campsite, Pui O is located on Lantau Island (which is easily accessible via ferries from Central). This site is right on the beachfront and has 52 spots for you to pitch your tent, complete with ready to use barbecue pits that are free of charge! All you have to do is bring some food and your camping gear and get set for a weekend of fun.
Location: Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Facilities: Camp bays, barbecue pits, toilets and changing rooms, shops selling food and drinks
Getting there: Catch the ferry from Central Pier to Mui Wo (takes about 40 minutes) and then take bus 1 or 4 to Tong Fuk (takes about 15 minutes to the campsite). Or take MTR to Tung Chung and then take bus 11 to Pui O town.
Sai Yuen Farm
For a more ‘pampered’ camping experience, book in to Sai Yuen Farm in Cheung Chau, girls! This peaceful island spot comes complete with a range of tents to choose from (so no lugging your gear over on the ferry!). Offering up Mongolian Yurts, Tepees, Safari-style tents, and futuristic stargazing domes, each is fully stocked with all the bedding and equipment you need. The farm also offers a whole range of activities, from rock climbing to fishing – not to mention having their very own friendly herd of goats! Call 2981 1010 for more details, bookings and prices.
Location: Cheung Chau Island, Hong Kong
Facilities: A range of tents, barbeque pits, toilets
Getting there: Take the ferry from Central Pier to Cheung Chau (fast takes about 35 minutes, or slow takes 55 minutes).
Located super close to Pui O beach is the gorgeous woodland retreat of Nam Shan, meaning you get the best of both worlds with this camping spot! Make sure to check out Nam Shan Viewing Point, situated on a hill not far from the campsite, which offers panoramic view of Mui Wo and Pui O Bay. Nam Shan also boasts the largest barbecue area in Lantau Country Park, with the extensive grassland accommodating more than 100 picnic goers. Be sure to stock up and make the most of the facilities in this great spot!
Location: Lantau South Country Park, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Facilities: Pavilions, barbeque pits, benches and tables, playground and bathrooms.
Getting there: Take MTR to Tung Chung and then take bus 3M to Nam Shan. Or, catch the ferry from Central Pier to Mui Wo (takes about 40 minutes) and then take any bus (they all pass through Nam Shan). The campsite is right next to the bus stop!