[travel] My half-day trip to the peaceful town of Sai Kung

Greetings from Seoul -v- I am sitting at the best cafe in Seoul (which I will blog about later) and reminiscing about my wonderful day trip to Sai Kung a few days ago. The weather was wonderful (windy, cloudy, and not too humid), the town was beautiful and peaceful as ever (Sai Kung is a popular place for a day trip on the weekends but we went there on a weekday), we ate some great food (I already blogged about our Sri Lankan feast here), and ended up buying some amazing beer & cheese at 2 stores nearby.

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[eat] A Sri Lankan feast at AJ’s Sri Lankan Cuisine @ Sai Kung, Hong Kong

What do I know about Sri Lanka? Not much, I must admit. I only know that this teardrop-shaped island-country is located on the Indian Ocean, and is one of the most important exporters of tea (who has never heard of Ceylon tea?). Yet, my dinner yesterday at AJ’s Sri Lankan Cuisine (AJ’s 斯里蘭卡菜館) in Sai Kung was an eyeopener. Both the bf and I totally fell in love with the three dishes we ordered, hard.

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[eat] Tracing the original Pepperonis @ Sai Kung, Hong Kong

During my time staying in Hanoi, the Castelo Concepts (a restaurant chain) became my most frequented hangout. I collected stamps for a free pizza and waited eagerly for every Friday to buy one pizza get one free at Al Fresco’s. I ate numerous buffet lunches at Pepperonis. Never did it occur to me that one day I would have a chance to visit the original Pepperonis restaurant — founded in 1992 in Sai Kung, Hong Kong. The day I had lunch at THE ORIGINAL PEPPERONIS is forever marked in my calendar: things can always happen in the most unexpected way possible.

Pepperonis was the place for me to fuel my energy up before I hiked to Trio beach in Saikung. It was a relatively short walk from the bus station. Pepperonis is located in a quiet neighborhood, which makes sitting outside pleasant enough.

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[travel] A hike to Trio Beach @ Sai Kung, Hong Kong

Sai Kung has to be my favorite town in Hong Kong. It has the sea, the mountain, the food. It has everything. I wrote about Hiking Tai Long Wan in Hong Kong some time ago. It was wonderful and everyone visiting Hong Kong should do that, I believe. However, if you do not have much time and are afraid that 15 km might be too much, a relatively short hike to Trio beach in Sai Kung would be a nice exercise with the rewarding view of a beautiful beach.

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[travel] Tai Long Wan hike — hiking in Hong Kong

I’m just back from a long hike in Tai Long Wan, Hong Kong.  The hike was about 15km and filled with gorgeous sceneries.  I can’t emphasize enough how I love Hong Kong — the city has everything — from skyscrapers to modest farm houses, from humongous shopping malls at every single subway stop to mesmerizing unscathed natural beauty.

We set off at 6:30am and took the subway to Ma On Shan.  After getting off, we caught bus 299 outside Ma On Shan Mall to Sai Kung town (gorgeous fishing town).  The ride took about 30 minutes.  From Sai Kung, we took a local bus called R29 at 8am.  Half an hour later, we got off the Sai Wan Pavilion and started our hike.  The road was pretty straightforward (literally), no sun (luckily) and the trees were dense.  We basically followed this route, but at Sai Wan, after checking out the beach, we followed the river flow to trace back to its root — a lovely natural pond.  And at Ham Tin Wan we headed to another secluded beach (Tai Long beach & an unnamed beach) for more eyecandy before returning to the main trail.
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