This is part 5 of the Hong Kong Cycling Routes series.
Instead of continuing our long distance group ride in the northern New Territories of Hong Kong, we have taken on a rather relaxing coastal ride in the eastern part of the New Territories this time.
Our destination is Sai Sha at the peripheral of the Sai Kung district.
The Ride to Sai Sha
As usual, the team started from FoTan. After picking up other members, we set out to the Ma On Shan Promenade. We have also visited the Wu Kai Sha Pier and enjoy the wonderful view of the Starfish Bay.
The first Point of Interest is the Ma On Shan Bicycle Park right under the Tate’s Cairn Highway. Bike rental is available in the park where family can enjoy some riding from here.
The weather condition on that day was quite unstable and with thunderstorm in the early morning. You can see that there were dark clouds slightly after we started the ride along the Promenade.
However, everything changed rapidly within few minutes of ride, blue sky and bright sunlight everywhere!
We continued our journey to the Wu Kai Sha Beach after having a short rest at the end of the Ma On Shan Promenade.
At the end of the pier, you can enjoy 360º view of the Wu Kai Sha area.
Of course, not to miss are the stunning views of the Tolo Harbour and the Pat Sin Leng range on the opposite side of the harbour.
Along Yiu Sha Road and Lok Wo Sha Lane, we arrived at the Starfish Bay.
A view that you will never forget – Blue sky with clear and unpolluted water.
And the high-rise luxury apartments surrounding the bay!
With a short climb, the famous Ma On Shan was right before us.
This is the 4th highest peak in Hong Kong, measuring 702 metres in height. With its extremely steep slope, it is also one of the most dangerous hills in Hong Kong.
Within 5 minutes, we arrived at our first destination – the Sai Sha Public Car Park.
For the return leg, we have intentionally selected the bike path through the residential areas of the Ma On Shan area. This is a faster route but without any attractive view and so no photo to share. You may refer to the 3-D visualisation for details.
The team was hungry and we rushed back to have our late lunch at the Science and Technology Park (click here for my last trip there) in the Taipo area.
Enjoying my bowl of Tuna Sashimi and rice under bright sunlight.
We ended today’s ride with a fast sprint along the Tolo Harbour to Taipo and then back to FoTan.
While riding on the Banyan Bridge at FoTan, I spotted a team of rowers practicing for the coming Dragon Boat competition. May be I can share with you in my later post about the Tuen Ng Festival and the Dragon Boat competition to be held in June this year.
So this is the end of the group riding and seems like something is missing.
What about the crazy dinner as mentioned in the title?
Stay calm and I’ll take you to the scene.
The Crazy Dinner
This is the place for our dinner – the Hong Kong Baptist Theological Seminary.
One of the team members have reserved a table for 10 at the Seminary’s canteen.
How crazy was the dinner? A picture tells thousand words.
As I did not have my Wide-angle len with me, so I stood on my chair to take this shot.
Was the table too small or did we order too much?
Here are another two more dishes to come.
How about the food?
I’m not a gourmet, but I can tell you that all the seafood were fresh and tasty. No MSG added and you can enjoy the original flavors of the foods. With the large portions for each of the dishes and at a such a reasonable price, I certainly have no more to comment except recommending it.
We all filled up our bellies and I wondered if we should take more riding before going home.
Anyway, the team has a wonderful evening.
Last but not least, the team would like to give a big thank you to tonight’s boss, Mr Double T for the delicious dinner.
By the way, if you are interested in the Seminary’s canteen, please take note of the following highlights:
- The canteen is supposed to serve only staff and students of the Seminary
- No walk-in is available and advance reservation is required during weekends and holidays
- No take-a-way is allowed
- No food waste, no leftover are encouraged
- Self clean up of the table after dining is required
Summary for today’s ride – 38 Kilometers
3-D visualisation generated with Relive
|Route Name||FoTan / Sai Sha in the Sai Kung district|
|Background||The route to Sai Sha is mainly via the bike path along the Ma On Shan Promenade – An 3.2 Km urban waterfront park opened in 2009. At the end of the Promenade, footpath is available to reach the Wu Kai Sha Beach and Pier. To continue to the Starfish Bay, riding along motorway (with relatively lower traffic) is required.
Alternatively, bike paths linking major residential areas in Ma On Shan to Sai Sha is also available.
|Starting point||FoTan Railway Station|
|End point||Sai Sha Public Car Park in Sai Kung district|
|Point of Interest||Ma On Shan Bicycle Park, Ma On Shan Promenade, Ma On Shan Park, Wu Kai Sha Beach, Wu Kai Sha Pier, Starfish Bay, Ma On Shan, Sai Sha|
|View (1 to 5 👍; with 5 for the most stunning view)||👍👍👍👍👍|
|Difficulty (1 to 5 💪🏼; with 5 is most difficult)||💪🏼|
|Food & Drinks||Lots of local cafes, restaurants along Ma On Shan Promenade and in Sai Sha.|
|Toilets||Public toilets in Ma On Shan Bicycle Park, Ma On Shan Promenade, Ma On Shan Park and Sai Sha Public Car Park.|