6 Seaside Towns To Explore In Hong Kong
Hong Kong has scenic hiking trails, picturesque cycling trails, idyllic islands, and gorgeous sunset spots so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the city is also home to some of the most beautiful harbour views. After all, Hong Kong's English name means fragrant harbour.
But more so, Hong Kong also has a number of seaside towns where you can spend the day or weekend getting sunkissed at the sandy beaches, dining at the seafood restaurants, and of course, enjoying the amazing sea views.
1/6 Sai Kung
There are many things to love about Sai Kung—it's an ideal weekend getaway, a foodie's paradise, and a haven for photographers. This picturesque seaside town is brimming with cafes, restaurants and bars including Michelin-starred restaurants serving Cantonese seafood. To get the best views, head over to the waterfront promenade where you can always see fishing boats and seaboats, which completes the look of the town.
The area is also a great place to try some water sports such as scuba diving and kayaking. Or if you just want to go around the island, boat tours are available for you to explore around the town and the surrounding offshore islands. Yacht and junk boat parties are a common sight here too.
2/6 Shek O
When it comes to bright and charming coastal scenery, nothing beats Shek O. Thanks to its location—at the southeastern part of Hong Kong—this quaint seaside town is blessed with beautiful sea views complete with vibrantly-coloured houses, close-knit community, and the icing on the cake—Shek O beach. The pride of the town, Shek O beach is well-loved for its clean waters which serve as a perfect spot for swimming or a romantic seaside walk.
You can also head over to Big Wave Bay Beach as an alternative choice. If you want a bird's eye view of the town, Shek O is also close to Dragon's Back hiking trail, which is one of the most famous trails in the city.
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Aberdeen is a place filled with historical significance as it was one of the first places where British troops made contact with local fisherman. Hong Kong's name also originally referred to a small inlet located between Aberdeen and the southern coast of Hong Kong Island. As a historical fishing port and home of the Tanka people, expect this seaside town to have beautiful scenic spots.
Today, you'll see a contrast of sorts here, with about 5,000 people still living in boats harmoniously floating amidst the luxury yachts. For a traditional yet touristy activity, try the sampan ride which is operated by elderly Tanka to explore the harbour. While its most famous attraction, the floating restaurant has closed its doors, you're still spoiled for choice at the number of restaurants to dine in around the area.
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Stanley is a perfect choice for a fun-filled day trip or weekend getaway. The town is not only one of Hong Kong's oldest villages but it's also a popular tourist destination thanks to its iconic sites such as the Murray House—an colonial landmark built in 1846 as British officers' quarters—and Stanley Market, which is best known for its souvenirs and other knick-knacks.
The seaside town is also filled with bars, restaurants and cafes offering unbeatable sea views. Consider visiting Stanley's famed beaches, Stanley Beach and St. Stephen's Beach, to take in the warm sunshine and fresh air. For something more exciting, have a go at windsurfing.
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5/6 Mui Wo
A sleepy island located on the eastern side of Lantau Island, Mui Wo boasts some of Hong Kong's most stunning seaside views. In addition to offering a slew of quality seafood restaurants for hungry diners to choose from, the island is also famous for its Silvermine Bay Beach, where you can enjoy a good swim in its pristine waters.
You could also rent a bike and explore the villages nearby, go hiking for more incredible views or just spend an afternoon soaking up the warmth of the sun.
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6/6 Tai O
This former fishing and trading port is one of the city's secluded gems. With its unique community culture, breathtaking natural scenery, and enchanting seaside views to boot, there's definitely a lot to do in Tai O.
If you go on a boat ride, there's even a chance that you can catch a glimpse of Hong Kong's famed pink dolphins. A wonderland for food lovers, you can't help but indulge in their seafood market, street food, and summer treats.
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