Sai Kung Peninsula is a peninsula in the easternmost part of the New Territories in Hong Kong. Its name comes from Sai Kung Town in the central southern area of the peninsula. The southern part of the peninsula is administrated by Sai Kung District, the north by Tai Po District and the northwest by Sha Tin District.
Covering an area of about 12,680 hectares (49 square miles), Sai Kung is known as the 'Leisure Garden of Hong Kong.' It has many tourist attractions, including the Sheung Yiu Folk Museum, Lion Nature Education Center, Sai Kung Country Parks, Clear Water Bay Country Park, Che Kung Temple, Tin Hau Temple, Jin Island (Tiu Chung Chau) and the Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course.
The Sheung Yiu Folk Museum, located in Pak Tam Chung, is actually an old village established by a Huang clan who were Hakkas. They once built a kiln to produce bricks to construct houses. In 1960s, it was abandoned because most of the villagers had moved into cities. In 1981, Sheung Yiu Village was listed as a historical site after restoration and it was renamed as Sheung Yiu Folk Museum.
Touted as Hong Kong's first Nature Education Center, the Lions Nature Education Center is located on the east of a highway near Sai Kung Town and covers an area of about 34 hectares (84 acres). It has an arboretum, a medicinal plant garden, an insectarium and a shell house. It used to be a farm converted into a nature education center with the help of the International Association of Lion Clubs.
The Sai Kung Country Parks covers most of the land of the Sai Kung Peninsula. The parks consist of the East Sai Kung Park and the West Sai Kung Park. The East Sai Kung Park has the four most famous beaches in Hong Kong - Sai Wan, Ham Tin, Tai Long, Tung Wan. In the West Sai Kung Park, Pak Sha O is the best preserved old village. The most popular destinations in the park are Wong Chuk Wan, Tai Mong Tsai, Pak Tam Chung, Yung Shue O and Lai Chi Chong. Cheung Sheung Plateau is the favorite of those who like camping and hiking.
In the Clear Water Bay Country Park, tourists can enjoy a barbecue party at Tai Hang Tun where the barbecue and picnic facilities are provided. Also they can fly kites while enjoying the magnificent vista of the sea.
The Che Kung Temple is situated on the banks of the Ho Chung River. In the temple is enshrined Che Kung who was a great general in the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Later, he was worshiped as a deity of Taoism and has been blessing Ho Chung people for more than 300 years.
Facing Joss House Bay, the Tin Hau Temple is where Tin Hau, the goddess of the sea is worshipped. March 23rd of lunar calendar is the birthday of Tin Hau. On that day, thousands of people come here to worship and offer incense to the goddess.
Exposed to the sea winds and sea waves, various landforms are formed on the Jin Island, such as sea caves, arches and inlets. Tourists can go there to appreciate the natural beauty of the island. Those who are fond of golf can go to the Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course. There are two 18-hole Golf Courses, a golf range and other practice facilities and a golf training academy.
Sai Kung also offers various activities. Tourists can enjoy the seafood on the Sai Kung Seafood Street, appreciate the beauty of interior sea and islands or have a sunbath on the beaches.
To get to the Sai Kung Peninsula, take No. 92 or No. 96R (only operates on Sundays and public holidays) city buses at Diamond Hill Station.