Yes, this really is Hong Kong! :)
More specifically, those cliffs are part of Sai Kung's
Tai Long Wan -- and also feature (to the
south of the beach area) in the above photo :)
On the other side of this rickety bridge
are two cafes whose location is hard to beat ;)
Earlier today, I completed my third hike to Tai Long Wan -- one which, like with last year's, had my hiking buddy and I heading out via a trek to Chek Keng followed by a cool boat ride to Wong Shek Pier and a bus ride back to Sai Kung town for dinner. And once again, I found myself thinking that it is quite a trek but it really is a pleasant excursion!
One major reason is, as I trust that my photos (in this blog entry but also the photo-essays I've linked to) show, Tai Long Wan really is a beautiful place -- with sometimes downright breath-taking scenery of the kind that few people associate with "Asia's World City".
Something else that adds to this hike's pleasure quotient is that one can break up the trek at Sai Wan and Ham Tin -- and not just to go walk on the beach or swim in the water either. More specifically, there are cafes along the way where one can sit down for a bit and eat something tasty or just pleasantly sustaining.
At Sai Wan, there were at least three different eateries open today -- two of which offer awesome beach views. At one of them, my hiking buddy and I snacked on refreshingly cold tau fu fah (soybean pudding) for HK$5 a bowl (despite the English menu listing the price as HK$10 a bowl!).
At Ham Tin, there are two cafes on the northern side of the beach -- both of which were doing roaring business this afternoon. The one we went to also had tau fu fah on its menu but at this place, we opted to share a plate of fried rice with chicken and pineapple mixed into it. Costing us HK$50 (pricey by some standards -- but hey, you're paying for the cafe's location!), it was substantial without being so filling that we'd feel too "heavy" when slogging over the final hill of our hike to get out of Tai Long Wan over to Chek Keng.
A piece of advice if you are thinking of adding chili sauce to your dish of choice at Ham Tin: be warned that you are likely to feel that spice burning inside your stomach on your hike out of the area! And yes, this is the voice of experience speaking -- as that's what happened to me last year! So this time around, I made do with the fried rice "as is". And really, when washed down with such as a glass of "pineapple ice" (for HK$22), the meal actually is pleasant enough to the taste without adding anything to it. :)