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Wan Tsai Promontory
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Sai Kung Peninsula
Come for this historical virtual cache if you're looking for a half day off hectic Hong Kong! Sai Kung Peninsula is a natural reserve less than an hour away from central, yet you probably will not meet anybody else near the cache! Great for snorkeling & swimming, great coastal views!
This is arguably Hong Kong's oldest virtual cache! The original pole has been blown away a couple of years ago by a Typhoon (the stump might still be visible) and has since been replaced by a spiffy brand new red and white pole.
This historical cache leads you to a very remote location where you can say hello to Sai Kung's semi-wild cows and observe geological unique rock formations which apparently are weathered in a very specific way causing column-like, elongated volcanic tuff structures to form. These somewhat hexagonal rocks (Long Harbour Formation) are some 2 million years older than the rocks of the High Island Formation (thanks Wouter van Marle).
There are not too many places in Hong Kong where you can spot volcanic rock formations and this is one of them!
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Public Transport: Take the MTR to Diamond Hill (Exit C1 or C2) or to Choi Hung (Exit B). Just outside take Bus 92 or Maxicab 1A to Sai Kung and continue to the terminus. From there, take Bus 94 (Wong Shek Pier) to Pak Tam Chung.
Private Car: Drive to Sai Kung and park your car here:
From there, whether you came by public transport or private car, take Minibus 7 to Hoi Ha Wan (terminus).
The Peninsula itself is traffic-free and only Minibus and Taxis are allowed.
Go through the village to the beach. At the eastern side of the beach, take the coastal path towards the northeast. Follow the past to reach the neck of land at Wan Tsai. Cross over to Wan Tsai and take the middle path through the middle of the promontory (there will be some information boards nearby). Pass the camping site on the left. On the right you will pass some public toilets with attached showers. In hot weather, you might want to return here for a cooling shower after the hike (and to get rid of the salt water after the swim)!
Continue straight up North to the very tip of the promontory. The longer you walk, the rougher the path will become. At the very end, there is a steep 60m decline down to the border of the sea. Follow the path between the bushes. Bushes are not very dense or thorny or anything and there are some ropes to help you through the very steep parts of the slope, making this cache a 4.5 terrain difficulty (except the past 60m or so, the hike is actually of slight height and easy grade). However, be prepared and bring good shoes! Also, bring plenty of water and a hat in hot weather.
There are some sharp shells on the rocks near the waterline, so it's easier to get in and out of the water with slippers.
If you are lucky, you can catch a Saipan from here that brings you back to Hoi Ha Wan or Pak Tam Chung or hike back to Hoi Ha Wan on the eastern side of the promontory.
To end a perfect day, stop over in Sai Kung for some of Hong Kong's best seafood!
Alternatively, stay a night at the nearby Wan Tsai camp site!
This hike and other great hikes in and around HK is explained in great details in Edward Stokes' "Exploring Hong Kong's Countryside", ISBN 962-7534-08-0. You can buy it for a few dollars at the visitor's centre near the Star Ferry Terminal, Kowloon side.
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Last Updated: on 12/29/2017 11:06:43 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (7:06 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum