Hong Kong isn't really know for it's beautiful beaches, but it really should be. We knew the subway/bus/taxi/hike to Tai Long Wan Beach was a bit of a trek, but we were so glad we made the trip! For anyone interested, I'll be glad to tell you the route we took (which was as easy as possible!), but I won't bore everyone here.
Needless to say, it was an early morning. We started our hike at the end of the road (literally) in Sai Kung. The hike to the first beach took about 45 minutes.
We didn't really pause here for long, hearing that the later beaches were less crowded and more beautiful. The steps to the second beach were no joke - it wasn't more than a mile, but was basically straight up hill and then right back downhill. Once we arrived, we grabbed lunch (and arranged our ferry back) at Ham Tin Wai. The food was delicious!
We booked a return ferry 3 or 4 hours later so that we were able to just relax and enjoy the reward of our hike - the beautiful beach! The ferry back was incredibly scenic and we got dropped off right at the bus terminal!
That evening, we took it easy in our hotel lounge and made our plans for the next day. Waking up bright and early, we purchased tickets on the Cotiajet ferry to Macau. It was less than an hour ferry and a quick jaunt through Customs and we were on our way to the Venetian hotel. Jason gambled a bit, I shopped a bit, but my favorite part was eating Lord Stowe's Egg Tarts and drinking some delicious milk tea!
We made the quick walk over to the Taipa area and ate some pork buns at Tai Lei Loi Kei, sampled some biscuits at Fong Kei and wandered around the Portuguese-influenced streets. I honestly loved all of the cute pink buildings (pink because apparently red is the cheapest paint color to mix with white?).
We caught a quick taxi to the area near the ruins of St. Paul's. We didn't stay long though because it was honestly SO hot/humid. I was seriously craving a glass of wine - and we turned a corner and found an amazing wine shop called House of Beijo. There, we chatted with the owner, Gordon, for HOURS while he poured us wine after wine. We even got the chance to try some porto!
It was one of those perfect-travel memories when everything kind of just comes together. We had other plans for the evening, but happily skipped them. We took a cab back to the ferry terminal and (very sleepily) made our way back to Hong Kong. We were hoping to just standby to catch an earlier ferry, but someone was hoping to exchange their earlier tickets for our later ones - SURE?
With the exception of the horrendous immigration lines to get back into Hong Kong, it really was a perfect day!
Up Next: Dragon's Back Hike, Harbor Boat Ride and a Food Tour - Days 5 & 6!