Chek Keng Photography Tour East Sai Kung country park Photography workshops, courses and guided tours in Hong Kong with Jackie Peers
We can explore some of Hong Kong’s more secret corners by hiking to spectacular coastlines, feng shui woods and villages with their remaining inhabitants that really do seem like a land time forgot. There really is a multitude of locations in Hong Kong for great photography. The Sai
Kung uplands and coasts have always been sparsely populated and, from
the 1970s, many villagers left their ancestral lands in favour of city
lives. Our tours offer a unique insight into the homes, lands and
beaches these villagers left behind. Although just 20km from Kowloon,
this tour will make you feel a world away. Access is restricted to
walking or boat.
Robert van Koesveld
Chek Keng We can explore the historical village of Chek Keng. A wonderful treasure trove for a Photographer - though deserted, it is not truly abandoned as some former villagers occasionally return to check on their ancestral homes. Furniture and cooking utensils stand still in time, as if one day life in some of these homes might be resumed. There is even a Catholic church, built in 1867 - the entire Sai Kung peninsula was converted in the 1860s. But today these sit abandoned.
The woodlands behind the village contain stunning bamboo groves, and is home to a great number of fiddler crabs.The wild life today includes the village cows, dogs and passing packs of monkeys that live in the general area. During WWII, villagers in Chek Keng brought items such as old clothes, kerosene, matches and cigarettes to be smuggled into mainland China, where they then bought much-needed food products such as sugar, oil and rice.
There is an hour's walk involved in this tour. Private tour HK$3500 Total tour time 8 hours Tour starts at 9am in Sai Kung, finishes 5pm in Sai Kung
On arrival at Sai Kung at any one of the three bus terminals you will see the waterfront (1min walk); make your way here and you will see two piers. We meet at the entrance to the shorter of the two. If you use any other form of transport, make your way to the waterfront by the bus terminals, and the pier is right in front of you.
Let me know what area in Hong Kong you are coming from and I will give you the quickest route. Facilities: Toilets en route, and refreshment stops available. Picnic lunch can be purchased in Sai Kung or we can use one of the local restaurants on the island.
On location Chek Keng, Sai Kung, Hong kong
Photography tours and courses in Hong Kong, and with the Orangutans in Borneo, with Jackie Peers