Shek O, Hong Kong
Shek O, in ancient times was called 'Shiao' - literally meaning the rock concave. It sits in the southeastern corner of Hong Kong Island, facing the South China Sea. As well as a beach, Shek O includes the Shek O Country Park and Cape D'Aguilar. If you want to experience a slow pace of life, this place is your best choice. You can relax, relieve pressure, and find your inner peace as well as tranquility there. In addition, the spot has been the backdrop of many Cantonese music videos and love stories in literary works.
Things to Do in Shek O
The Beach in Shek O
The first place you need to go there is the beach. It is far away from the hustle and bustle of urban life, and the neighborhoods still maintain a natural style. The blue sky, clear turquoise sea water, fine sand and tranquil environment make it not only the beach-lovers' paradise but also the rendezvous of surfing enthusiasts. In addition, the coastal mountain cliffs with their huge stones attract a large number of rock climbers. Near the beach, there are convenience stores, which sell swimming supplies, making one's travelling very convenient. One thing to remember is to be careful when playing on the beach or surfing; especially in the summer months, as typhoons are common.
The Country Park was founded in 1979, and it covers an area of about 701 hectares (1,730 acres). It is a large recreational park which stretches over several hills. There are many barbecue and picnic areas, where one can enjoy leisure time. Excursion and hiking are accessible in the park too. And deep in the park, the tranquility of nature is good for finding one's peace of mind.
When coming to the Country Park, Dragon's Back is must-see. Dragon's Back refers to a section of mountain path between the Shek O Peak and the Yunzhen Mountain. It stretches over D'Aguilar Peninsula, literally meaning the back of the dragon, telling the ups and downs of the mountain path. In 2004, it was selected as 'One of the top urban hiking spots of Asia'-by Time (Asia). Dragon's Back belongs to the eighth section of the Hong Kong Trail, and in terms of the scenery, it is the essence of the section. To climb it, the most convenient way is to start from To Tei Wan; another way is starting from Big Wave Bay. Near Dongya Village on the Shek O Road, there is a secluded trail, which connects Dragon's Back. Along the path up to Shek O Peak, one can enjoy the scenery on both sides and the panoramic beauty of the sea and hills.
Cape D'Aguilar is located at the south end of D'Aguilar Peninsula in Shek O. It is famous for the Cape D'Aguilar Lighthouse and the Cape D'Aguilar Marine Reserve. The lighthouse was the first lighthouse in the city, and was listed in the Declared Monuments in Hong Kong in March of 2006. In the marine reserve, there are many kinds of fish, corals, marine invertebrates and rocks. As part of the road leading there belongs to the forbidden zone, the public are not allowed to go. But hikers can still reach the reserve by making a detour from the mountain path.
How to get to Shek O
One can take New World First Bus of Hong Kong (NWFB) No.9 at Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus, and get off at Shek O Bus Terminus.
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