Looking to set up camp for a weekend away from the city? Here are the best spots to explore in Hong Kong.
Spring is here, so now is the time to get outside and enjoy our city’s beautiful landscape. With so many amazing spots in Hong Kong to choose from, 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!
Ham Tin Wan
If you’re after a beautiful beachfront setting, and are 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. Ham Tin Wan is actually one of four beaches (Sai Wan, Ham Tin Wan, Tai Wan and Tung Wa – which are all reachable by short trails) that make up the stunning area of Tai Long Wan, but we recommend Ham Tin for camping, as it is closest to the facilities. You can rent surfboards and equipment from the restaurant close by, so its the perfect excuse to spend the morning surfing before heading back to the hustle and bustle of the city. As there is a moderate hike involved to reach the campsite, we recommend saving yourself the trouble and hiring tents and sleeping bags once you arrive. Two-man tents can be rented for about $150, sleeping bags for $50 and mats for $20, plus a $100 deposit. Firewood can also be bought from the store on site, just try and get there early as it can sell out!
Sassy Tip: Make sure to have plenty of cash with you for transport to and from the camp site, and for use when you are there. Depending on the weather, speedboats can also be booked for your return trip from the beach to Sai Kung.
Location: Ham Tin Wan Beach, Sai Kung East Country Park, Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong
Facilities: Basic toilets and sinks, restaurants, surf board rental, camping equipment rental. For further information see here.
Getting there: To get to Sai Kung, take the MTR to Choi Hung and head for Exit C, then take the 1A green minibus to Sai Kung town (about 40 minutes). Alternatively, you can take the red minibus from Dundas Street in Mong Kok, which will take you to Sai Kung town directly, then take minibus 29R or a taxi from Sai Kung town and alight at the Sai Wan Pavilion (about 30 minutes). If you’re feeling lazy, you can also pick up a taxi from Hong Kong Island and get dropped off at the Sai Wan Pavillion (you’ll find it easier to pick up taxis willing to drive this distance by finding Kowloon taxi ranks). From Sai Wan Pavilion, follow the signposts and path to Sai Wan (roughly 40 minutess) 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 Hong Kong. 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 an official government campsite so don’t expect much in terms of facilities, but use the time to enjoy getting back to nature. Make sure to take food, drinks and equipment with you for the night. 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: Tap Man Island, Northern Sai Kung Peninsula, New Territories, Hong Kong
Facilities: It’s an unofficial campsite so no facilities here!
Getting there: Get to Sai Kung (using the directions as above) and then take the 94 bus from Sai Kung Town to Wong Shek Pier, and 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 54 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. For busy periods such as Chinese New Year, Labour Day and National Day, be sure to book your spot in advance here.
Location: Pui O, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Facilities: Camp bays, barbecue pits, toilets and changing rooms, shops selling food and drinks. For further information, see here.
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 the MTR to Tung Chung and then take bus 11 to Pui O town.
For a more “pampered” camping experience, book in to Sai Yuen in Cheung Chau. This peaceful island spot comes complete with a range of tents to choose from (so no lugging your gear over on the ferry!). Offering Mongolian Yurts, Tepees, Safari-style tents, and futuristic stargazing domes, each is fully stocked with all the bedding and equipment you need. If you’re wanting a more traditional camping experience, Sai Yuen also offer its “Wild Camping” experience, but you can still hire tents and other equipment once you’re there, all you’ll have to do is pitch your own tent! The farm also offers a whole range of activities, including rock climbing. Call 2981 1010 for more details, booking and prices.
Location: Sia Yuen, 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). Once in Cheung Chau follow the directions here to find Sai Yuen.
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: Nam Shan, Lantau South Country Park, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Facilities: Pavilions, barbeque pits, benches and tables, playground and toilets. For further information see here.
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!
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 5 April, 2017 and was updated on 6 March, 2019.