For my family, 2020 was a chance to discover what was on our doorstep. Not being able to travel allowed us more time to explore Hong Kong’s coasts, grasslands, forests, historical sites – and camp grounds! Here are my favourite family-friendly campsites in Hong Kong to explore before it gets hot again.
Pak Lap Wan
Situated in Sai Kung Country Park, Pak Lap is an idyllic spot right on the water. The beach is a favourite with campers because of its clean waters, easy accessibility and relative seclusion. There’s a restaurant and shop open during the day, where you can hire tents, sleeping bags and stoves, or grab some rice or noodles. If a sandy sleeping bag isn’t your thing, just pay $50 to pitch your tent on the grassy area in the village behind the beach.
How to get there: From Sai Kung town, take a green taxi into the country park towards the East Dam. Alight just before and take the paved pathway down to Pak Lap village.
Known as Grass Island, Tap Mun has much to offer a family in need of adventure. As the name suggests, the family-friendly campsite is on open grassland and has spectacular views of the South China Sea and surrounding islands. By day, explore the trails, check out the traditional village buildings, and see local wildlife. As a working fishing village, Tap Mun has several restaurants and stores, so you don’t have to worry about supplies.
How to get there: From Sai Kung, take a green taxi or 94 bus to Wong Shek and pick up a ferry or speedboat from the pier.
Sai Yuen Camping Adventure Park
If you like the idea of camping but not the work involved, check out a “glamping” option, like Sai Yuen Camping Adventure Park on Cheung Chau. If you’re after a spot of luxury, book one of the park’s Stargazing Domes, which come with comfy beds, air-con, hot running water, private bathroom and mozzie nets.
How to get there: Cheung Chau can be accessed by ferries from Central Pier No.5. Once you arrive make a right towards the Municipal Services Building, walk along Sai Tai Road to Tsan Tuen Road, then walk up the hill.
Hok Tau Campsite, Pat Sin Leng Country Park
For a wooded camping experience, head to Hok Tau Campsite in Pat Sin Leng Country Park. The Hok Tau Family Walk is a great route to explore, and nearby you’ll find local farms and reservoirs. Facilities include a barbecue site, seating and bathrooms with toilets.
How to get there: Take the 52B minibus from Fanling MTR Station and get off at Hok Tau Tsuen Terminus. Walk along Hok Tau Road towards Hok Tau Reservoir for 15 minutes.