Wu Kai Sha Beach with the Wu Kai Sha Pier in the backgroundCycling

Hong Kong Cycling Routes Collection – FoTan to Ma On Shan / Sai Sha plus our Crazy Dinner

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.

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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 team started the journey at the Twin Bridge
The team started the journey at the Twin Bridge

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.

Ma On Shan Bicycle Park just under the Tate's Cairn Highway
Ma On Shan Bicycle Park just under the Tate’s Cairn Highway

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.

Ma On Shan Promenade with the Science and Technology Park on the far left
Ma On Shan Promenade with the Science and Technology Park on the far left

However, everything changed rapidly within few minutes of ride, blue sky and bright sunlight everywhere!

Ma On Shan Park
Ma On Shan Park
End of the Ma On Shan Promenade with high rise apartment in the background
End of the Ma On Shan Promenade with high-rise apartment in the background

We continued our journey to the Wu Kai Sha Beach after having a short rest at the end of the Ma On Shan Promenade.

Footpath leading to the Wu Kai Sha Beach
Footpath leading to the Wu Kai Sha Beach
Wu Kai Sha Beach with the Wu Kai Sha Pier in the background
Wu Kai Sha Beach with the Wu Kai Sha Pier in the background
Wu Kai Sha Pier
Wu Kai Sha Pier

At the end of the pier, you can enjoy 360º view of the Wu Kai Sha area.

Ma On Shan Promenade looking from the Wu Kai Sha Pier
Ma On Shan Promenade looking from the Wu Kai Sha Pier
Wu Kai Sha Beach with high rise luxury apartments in the background
Wu Kai Sha Beach with high-rise luxury apartments in the background

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.

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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.

Enjoy the view of Starfish Bay with my boy
Enjoy the view of Starfish Bay with my boy
Great team with great view in the background
Great team with great view in the background
The making of
The making of “Great team with great view …” – Captured by my wife

And the high-rise luxury apartments surrounding the bay!

With a short climb, the famous Ma On Shan was right before us.

The famous Ma On Shan, the 4th highest peak in Hong Kong
The famous Ma On Shan, the 4th highest peak in Hong Kong

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.

Sai Sha Public Car Park
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.

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Enjoying my bowl of Tuna Sashimi and rice under bright sunlight.

Tuna sashimi rice bowl for my lunch at Yayoi, Science and Technology Park, Hong Kong
Tuna sashimi rice bowl for my lunch

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.

Dragon Boat rowers practising in the Shing Mun River
Dragon Boat rowers practising in the Shing Mun River
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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.

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The Crazy Dinner

This is the place for our dinner – the Hong Kong Baptist Theological Seminary.

Hong Kong Baptist Theological Seminary
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.

Crazy feast in aerial view, Hong Kong Baptist Theological Seminary
Crazy feast in aerial view

As I did not have my Wide-angle len with me, so I stood on my chair to take this shot.

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Was the table too small or did we order too much?

Here are another two more dishes to come.

Fish head steamed with Garlic and Black Bean Sauce
Fish head steamed with Garlic and Black Bean Sauce
Razor Clams steamed with Garlic and Chinese Vermicelli
Razor Clams steamed with Garlic and Chinese Vermicelli

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
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Summary for today’s ride – 38 Kilometers

Cycling Route from FoTan to Sai Sha and Taipo

3-D visualisation generated with Relive

Route Information

Route NameFoTan / Sai Sha in the Sai Kung district
BackgroundThe 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.

Distance12 Kilometers
Starting pointFoTan Railway Station
End pointSai Sha Public Car Park in Sai Kung district
Point of InterestMa 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) 💪🏼
Support facilities 
    Food & DrinksLots of local cafes, restaurants along Ma On Shan Promenade and in Sai Sha. 
    ToiletsPublic toilets in Ma On Shan Bicycle Park, Ma On Shan Promenade, Ma On Shan Park and Sai Sha Public Car Park.

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