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The position of Sai Kung District within the Hong Kong S.A.R.
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The position of Sai Kung District within the Hong Kong S.A.R.

Sai Kung (西貢; pinyin: Xi1gong4; Cantonese: sai1 gung3) is the second-largest of the 18 districts of Hong Kong. It is a peninsula located in the New Territories. Image File history File links Saikung-PositionWithinHKSAR.jpg The position of Sai Kung District within the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the Peoples Republic of China. ... Image File history File links Saikung-PositionWithinHKSAR.jpg The position of Sai Kung District within the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the Peoples Republic of China. ... A Special Administrative Region (SAR) (Simplified Chinese: 特别行政区; Traditional Chinese: 特別行政區; pinyin: tèbié xíngzhèngqÅ«; Cantonese IPA: /tɐk6piːt6 hɐŋ4tsɪŋ3kʰɵy1/; Jyutping: dak6bit6 hang4zing3keoi1; Yale: dahkbiht hàhngjingkeÅ«i) is a political subdivision of the Peoples Republic of China. ... Pinyin (拼音, pÄ«nyÄ«n) literally means join (together) sounds (a less literal translation being phoneticize, spell or transcription) in Chinese and usually refers to HànyÇ” PÄ«nyÄ«n (汉语拼音, literal meaning: Han language pinyin), which is a system of romanization (phonemic notation and transcription to Roman script) for Standard Mandarin. ... Cantonese (粵語/粤语, lit. ... The territory of Hong Kong is divided in 18 administrative districts (Population as of 2000) Hong Kong Island Central and Western (274,400) Eastern (620,800) Southern (282,400) Wan Chai (190,300) Kowloon (New Kowloon included) Kowloon City (406,000) Kwun Tong (564,700) Sham Shui Po (372,200... Peninsula A peninsula is a geographical formation consisting of an extension of land from a larger body, surrounded by water on three sides. ... The New Territories (Chinese: æ–°ç•Œ, Pinyin: XÄ«njiè) is the area of land in Hong Kong, north of the Kowloon peninsula, south of Shenzhen He / Shum Chun River (深圳河) and Hong Kongs outlying islands (including Lantau Island, Lamma Island, Cheung Chau, and Peng Chau), leased from Qing China to Britain in...

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Geographical characteristics and population

Sai Kung Tin Hau Temple, Sai Kung
Sai Kung Tin Hau Temple, Sai Kung
Sai Kung Waterfront Promenade, Sai Kung, Hong Kong
Sai Kung Waterfront Promenade, Sai Kung, Hong Kong

The peninsula covers approximately 126 km² and had a population of 316,000 as of 2000. Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 955 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 955 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 1146 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Sai Kung ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 1146 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Sai Kung ... This article is about the year 2000. ...


In contrast to the densely populated areas of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, Sai Kung is a coastal district characterised by beautiful scenery, charming small villages and stunning seascapes. The area is well known to Hong Kong locals for its pristine beaches and quiet living, so that while it remains only partly urbanized, many people describe Sai Kung as the "last back garden" of Hong Kong. The night view of the Island side as seen from the Kowloon side - the opposite side of the Victoria Harbour Hong Kong Island (香港島, colloquially the Island side) is the island where the colonial settlement of the Hong Kong territory, Victoria City, was founded. ... Location within China In modern day Hong Kong, Kowloon (九龍; Cantonese IPA:; Jyutping: gau2 lung4; Mandarin Pinyin: Jiǔlóng; lit. ... Hong Kong has a long coastline which is full of twists and turns with many bays and beaches. ...


Sai Kung Country Park is an area of restricted development featuring numerous small villages and beautiful beaches. Tai Long Wan (Big Wave Bay), approximately 1.5 hours walk from the nearest road, is one of the few places in Hong Kong where surfing is possible, particularly in the winter months. The dozen or so buildings still standing in the Tai Long Valley are home to a bare handful of indigenous residents.


In addition to this beautiful garden, Tseung Kwan O or Junk Bay is also part of Sai Kung. It is the portion connecting Sai Kung peninsula with the metro area in Kowloon. Junk Bay used to be a usual bay area in Sai Kung, but quite near to the famous seafood village of Lei Yue Mun. In 1977, the Hong Kong Government started a major development project in this area, to develop it into the 7th Hong Kong Territory Development. Reclamation covered the whole bay area, and it has become a district able to accommodate a population of 300,000, accounting for 95% of total population in the district. This new reclaimed land was renamed Tseung Kwan O, its present name. The MTR metro was extended to this newly developed area, making access to Sai Kung easier via Tseung Kwan O. Tseung Kwan O (Chinese: 將軍澳, Jyutping: zoeng1 gwan1 ou3; Cantonese IPA: ; formerly Junk Bay) is a new town in Hong Kong. ... Lei Yue Mun (鯉魚門, literally Carps channel) (a. ... 1977 was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1977 calendar). ... Land reclamation is either of two distinct practices. ... Logo of the MTR corporation Causeway Bay station on the Island Line. ... Metro and Subway redirect here. ...


Islands

On summer nights, a lot of people hire small boats known as kaitos or sampan, some to catch cuttle-fish which is a popular pastime for local residents, others for leisurely trips through the island-dotted inland sea of Port Shelter. Popular islands to visit include: Sampan on the Yangtze River (Chang Jiang), China A sampan (舢舨) is a relatively flat bottomed Chinese wooden boat from twelve to fifteen feet long. ... Families Sepiadariidae Sepiidae Cuttlefish are animals of the order Sepiida, and are marine cephalopods, small relatives of squids and nautilus. ...

  • Kau Sai Chau
  • Kiu Tsui Chau (sharp island)
  • Leung Shuen Wan Chau (high island)
  • Pak Sha Chau (white sand island)
  • Yeung Chau (sheep island)
  • Yim Tin Tsai (little salt field)

The large island of Kau Sai Chau is the location for a public golf course developed and run by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Kau Sai Chau (滘西洲) is an island located off the coast of Sai Kung, Hong Kong. ... This article is about the sport of golf. ... The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC, 香港賽馬會) (formerly The Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club, 英皇御准香港賽馬會) is a non-profit organisation providing horse racing, sporting and betting entertainments in Hong Kong. ...


Local and tourist attractions

There are numerous cultural sites, heritage sites and country parks in the Sai Kung peninsula, such as:

  • Sheung Yiu Folk Museum (上民俗文物館), located in a former Hakka village
  • Memorial Monuments for Sai Kung Martyrs During World War II (烈士墓園)
  • Sai Kung Outdoor Recreation Centre (西貢戶外康樂中心)
  • Lions Nature Education Centre (獅子會自然教育中心)
  • Sai Kung East and West Country Parks (西貢郊野公園)
  • Clear Water Bay Country Park (清水灣郊野公園)
  • Che Kung Temple at Ho Chung (蠔涌車公廟)
  • Tin Hau Temple at Fat Tong Mun (大廟, or 天后廟)
  • Jin Island (or Tiu Chung Chau, 吊鐘洲)
  • Leung Shuen Wan Tin Hau Temple (糧船灣天后廟)
  • High Island Reservoir (萬宜水庫)
  • Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course (賽馬會滘西洲公眾高爾夫球場)
  • Yim Tin Tsai Village and St. Joseph's Chapel (鹽田仔村及古老教堂)

The town center of Sai Kung has a concentration of seafood restaurants, which have been atrracting a lot of tourists. Hakka (Chinese: 客家; pinyin: kèjiā, literal meaning guest families) are a Han Chinese people whose ancestors are said to originate from around Henan and Shanxi in northern China over 2700 years ago. ...


In addition there are golf courses and nature trails. The golf driving range center in Ho Chung is popular with local residents and tourists. Visitors can also enjoy barbecues at Ho Chung. A country trail, formed by wheels of vehicles. ...


Sai Kung is also a popular place for hiking. The starting point for the 100km MacLehose Trail is at Pak Tam Chung in Sai Kung. MacLehose Trail (麥理浩徑) is a trail across whole New Territories, from east to west, from Sai Kung to Tuen Mun in Hong Kong. ...


There are also water sports sites along the shoreline offering kayaking, snorkelling and swimming among other activities. In addition, Sai Kung's Hoi Ha Wan (海下灣) is one of the most easily accessed coral dive sites in Hong Kong. It is suitable for diver training and for newly-certified divers. A kayak is a type of small human-powered boat; a covered variant of a canoe, typically used with a double-bladed paddle instead of a canoes single bladed paddle. ... Hoi Ha Wan (海下灣, a bay below a sea) is a marine park in Hong Kong. ... Coral Dive Sites in Hong Kong Coral dive sites in the north-east part of Hong Kong include: East Ping Chau, Port Island and Breaker Reef in around Mirs Bay; Hoi Ha Wan, Gruff Head, and Ocean Point in Sai Kung. ...


As a former fishing village, Sai Kung town is a mecca for seafood lovers, locals and tourists alike. Visitors can stroll around the regional market center of Sai Kung Town or explore the back lanes, visit the Tin Hau Temple, feast on seafood or enjoy different delicacies at Western-style pubs and restaurants. There is also a famous dessert restaurant called Honeymoon Dessert that brings in many visitors from all over Hong Kong and even from abroad. Matsu (媽祖, pinyin: Māzǔ, Wade-Giles: Ma-tsu, lit. ...

Wong Shek
Wong Shek

In Northern Sai Kung, there is also an area called "Wong Shek" (黃石). There are places where people can have barbecue and enjoy the beautiful view of the sea. However, to protect the natural environment of Wong Shek, the Government controls the number of vehicle entering the area. There is a gate at Pak Tam Chung (北潭涌)on the way towards Wong Shek. Only the vehicles with permit can enter. Image File history File links Wong Shek, Tai Po District, Hong Kong, China File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Wong Shek, Tai Po District, Hong Kong, China File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ...


It should be noted that although Wong Shek and Hoi Ha Wan are geographically in the northern part of Sai Kung, they are under the administration of Tai Po District. Tai Po district (大埔區; lit. ...


In recent years, the government has invested heavily in Sai Kung, with improvements being made to the town seafront, such as the Waterfront Park. An attractive mix of small boutique-style shops has sprung up as well, due to a sizeable expat population and increasing numbers of local visitors, selling everything from secondhand books to cat-themed accessories, and alternative lifestyle stores that offer items like surfboards, candles, incense, seashells, etc.


Transport

Some of the most beautiful and thus isolated parts of Sai Kung peninsula can only be reached on foot or by boat. Where a destination is accessible by public transport, it is usually served via a complicated network of bus routes. Certain bus routes can be found at [1]. A bus is a large wheeled vehicle, intended to carry numerous persons in addition to the driver. ...


Scheduled ferry services also operate between coastal points on the peninsula and in and around the islands: [2]. The Pride of Burgundy, a P&O Ferries car ferry on the Dover-Calais route A ferry is a boat or a ship carrying passengers, and sometimes their vehicles, on scheduled services. ...


The nearest MTR station to Sai Kung town is Hang Hau. The details of buses and minibuses routes going to Sai Kung Town are as follows. Logo of the MTR corporation Causeway Bay station on the Island Line. ... Hang Hau Stations concourse Hang Hau is an MTR station located in the Hang Hau. ...

Categories: Hong Kong geography stubs | Rail stubs | MTR stations ... Wu Kai Sha (烏溪沙站) is the northeastern terminus on the KCR Ma On Shan Rail. ... Nai Chung (Chinese: 泥涌) is an area in Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong, China. ... Shing Mun River and Lek Yuen Bridge (瀝源橋). Sha Tin, or Shatin (沙田), is an area in the core of the Sha Tin District, in the New Territories, Hong Kong. ... The plague commemorating the opening of Shatin KCR Station. ... Categories: Hong Kong geography stubs | Rail stubs | MTR stations ... Kowloon Bay (九龍灣) is a bay located at the north east of the Kowloon Peninsula in Hong Kong. ... Choi Hung (彩虹, Jyutping: coi2 hung4; Rainbow) is a station on the Hong Kong MTR Kwun Tong Line. ... Hang Hau Stations concourse Hang Hau is an MTR station located in the Hang Hau. ...

Miscellaneous

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, one of the eight publicly-funded tertiary institutions in Hong Kong, is located in Sai Kung. The idyllic HKUST campus is built on a steep hillside overlooking the South China Sea. ...


Note that 西貢 is also used as the Chinese scripts for Saigon, nowadays Ho Chi Minh City, in Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnamese: Thành Chí Minh) is the largest city in Vietnam, located near the delta of the Mekong River. ...


See also:

Hong Kong has a long coastline which is full of twists and turns with many bays and beaches. ... Although Hong Kong is regarded as one of the worlds great cities, out of the total 1,092 km² of land, about three-quarters is countryside. ... The following is a list of buildings, sites and areas in Hong Kong: List of the 18 districts of Hong Kong, with a partial list of their sub-areas and streets Hong Kong Island Central and Western Central Admiralty Kennedy Town Mid-levels Sai Ying Pun Shek Tong Tsui Sheung...

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Major peninsulas in Hong Kong Flag of Hong Kong
Kowloon | Sai Kung | Clear Water Bay | Stanley | Shek O | Cape D'Aguilar


The territory of Hong Kong consists of a mainland area and 236 islands. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... The Kowloon Peninsula, commonly referred to as Kowloon, is a peninsula, in the south of the mainland part of the Hong Kong territory. ... Clear Water Bay is an area of Sai Kung District, in Hong Kong. ... Stanley Stanley (赤柱, pronounced Chek Chu, as known to the locals; lit. ... Shek O (石澳) is a beachside village in the Southern District, Hong Kong, that includes Shek O Country Park, Shek O and Cape DAguillar (鶴咀). ... Cape DAguilar or Hok Tsui (鶴嘴) is a cape in the south of Shek O and DAguilar Peak on southeastern Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. ...

Districts of Hong Kong Flag of Hong Kong
Hong Kong Island: Central and Western | Eastern | Southern | Wan Chai
Kowloon (including New Kowloon): Kowloon City | Kwun Tong | Sham Shui Po | Wong Tai Sin | Yau Tsim Mong
New Territories: Islands | Kwai Tsing | North | Sai Kung | Sha Tin | Tai Po | Tsuen Wan | Tuen Mun | Yuen Long

 
 

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