Leisure Garden of Hong Kong - Sai Kung

In the eyes of most tourists, Hong Kong is a paradise for shopping. In Hong Kong, you can find world-renowned brands goods. Many tourists to Hong Kong is just to buy some inexpensive but well-qualitied commodities. If you decide your last minute China travel deals in Hong Kong, you can ask your tour guide to take you to Sai Kung.

Often referred to as the “leisure garden of Hong Kong” the picturesque Sai Kung Peninsula in the north-east New Territories is a complete contrast to urban Hong Kong and represents the best of rural Hong Kong being a natural recreational area with stunning scenery, tiny hamlets, abandoned villages, country parks, hiking trails, lofty peaks, rugged coastline, a national geopark featuring unique spectacular hexagonal rock columns, idyllic beaches, reservoir and a colourful fishing town in a sheltered bay populated by dozens of tiny pristine islands. The administrative district also includes much of the Clearwater Bay Peninsula including Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and of the district population of 410,000 about 88% live around the new town of Tseung Kwan O.

The name "Sai Kung" came into being around the early days of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) when the Emperor Chengzu (also known as "Yongle Emperor", 1402-1424), ordered an official named Zheng He to make seven voyages to the "Western Oceans". After one of those epic voyages, many countries in regions of today's South-East Asia, the Middle East and East Africa started paying tributes to or trading with China. Sai Kung was just a port of call at that time, while its name means "tributes from the West" in Chinese.


Sai Kung town was a small undeveloped fishing village until the fishing industry declined in the 1970’s and many fishermen moved into other businesses such as fish farming, eco tourism and seafood restaurants. A major reclamation project between 1978 and 1993 led to subsequent development of new buildings, shops, promenade, piers, public swimming pool and other facilities. Improvements to roads and public transport have seen the town grow to become a commuter town popular with ex-pats but the town still retains much of its old charm and fishing village atmosphere. Sai Kung Town has a population of about 13,000 and in addition to being a tourist destination in its own right is also a convenient starting point for hiking trips and beach excursions in the country park and for exploring the Sai Kung Volcanic Rock Region of the Hong Kong Geopark. Throughout the year Sai Kung sees a number of colourful events and festivals including the mass greeting on the fourth day of each Lunar New Year, celebration of Tin Hau (Goddess of the Sea) in High Island on the 23rd day of the third lunar month, ritual performance of Cantonese opera as well as the ceremonious float procession of Tin Hau.

So if you have a Hong Kong travel, you can visit Sai Kung for relaxing.

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