For my friends, returning back to Hong Kong after 2 weeks in Thailand, meant meeting up with people for goodbyes, eating as much food as possible and ticking off places unchecked on their list. I was glad to be returning here for couple of days after travelling around for a bit more, but even so couldn’t help but feel sad that my time abroad was coming to an end!
One place we had yet to go was Sheung Luk Stream in Sai Kung! It’s one of the few waterfall spots in Hong Kong, with tiered pools of fresh water to swim and go cliff-diving in. Makes for a great getaway from the thronging city life and if you follow the instructions [link] properly, shouldn’t be too difficult to get there! In our case, things didn’t quite go to plan and what should have been a one-hour hike, turned into 4.
There had been some landslides in the area and instead of getting dropped off at Sai Wan Pavilion we were brought to another location (unknown) but was assured by the taxi driver that we could reach the waterfalls this way. Technically she wasn’t wrong. The hike was got off to a thrilling start with a heavy downpour (really, again?), kept momentum during a tense encounter with a herd of cows blocking the trail, before we stopped for an energy break – with everyone low key considering calling for a helicopter rescue. 3 hours into the hike, we had given up hope of reaching these now mystical waterfalls, being more concerned about getting back home – no one really fancied doubling back on ourselves. It was asking a random passerby coming from the opposite direction, that our spirits were thankfully lifted! It was 30 minutes ahead where we would reach Sai Wan and get a boat back to Sai Kung, then to the nearest MTR station.
With dark clouds looming ahead, we ended up discovering that we were really close to the waterfall! Not wanting the day to be a complete failure, we set off to find it. It’s quite hidden away, but this website has great instructions on where to go. Managing to spend only ten minutes in the pool before the downpour resumed was a great end to the day! The boat ride back was especially fun – the stormy weather creating gigantic waves that lifted our tiny boats (and us, its passengers) into the air.
Sheung Luk Stream is one of those great alternative places to visit when in Hong Kong if you’re tired of the city or just want something different to do! I would definitely return (in better weather) and Sai Kung’s waterfront makes for a nice place to recuperate from the hike with mountains of seafood!