So here you have it. Arguably the most naturally beautiful place in the region and one that that only an in-the-know few are lucky enough to have discovered. Tai Long Wan really is worthy of being called Hong Kong’s hidden gem, because it is just that.
Comprised of four white-sand, bay-hugging beaches, this stretch of coastline is as idyllic as it is remote. A million miles away from the urban frame of the Hong Kong you have always imagined, these flawless beaches, backdropped by craggy cliffs and the undulating rolls of uninterrupted verdure that make up the ridged back of the area’s famed ‘Dragon’, showcase the island’s unspoilt wilderness at its very best. And translating to ‘big wave bay’, if you’re a die-hard surfer, or have always just had it on your to-do list, you’ll be in for a treat here.
But if surfing isn’t your bag, swimming, or even just sunbathing, is always an option. And the real key is to get those shoes off and feel the sand between your toes on a romantic stroll – the blissful beachy options are endless.
Presenting you with life’s simple pleasure the only question that remains is: is this Hong Kong’s answer to the Philippines? We’d certainly be inclined to say so.
Just getting there makes for an incredible hike – make your way across the ferociously named Dragon’s Back and the prize views upon arrival will be well worth the work. But even during your journey, you’ll be hard pushed to find anything else in Hong Kong comparable to this 10km trail’s striking, natural scenes.
It takes approximately three hours to hike, but followed, as you will be, by ocean and reservoir panoramas, you won’t be short on things to look at. In fact, as you watch paragliders soar above and Hong Kong’s natural world wonders unfold around you, you’ll begin to realise why this has been hailed by Time Magazine as Asia’s best ‘urban’ hike – if you can really call it that.
And once you’ve reached your destination, you’ll have earned yourself a well-deserved break upon the sumptuous sands. The water will invite you in for a dip to cool off, whilst if you’ve packed a picnic, now’s the time to tuck into it. And really a picnic is recommended as this back-to-basics spot is certainly lacking in the amenities of the resort-like Repulse Bay. Snacks, water and maybe even a beer or two should definitely take priority when packing that rucksack for the day.
Oh, and if you can find it, there’s a secret waterfall hiding away along this coast. Secret being the operative word here, so that’s all we can divulge I’m afraid. But we’re sure that your guide will show you the way – as long as you promise to keep the treasured information to yourself that is.
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