Camping @ Tai Long Wan

  • November 20, 2010 · 9:30 AM
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WEATHER UPDATE:
Outlook Mainly Fine. 20-24 degrees.
SLEEPING & EATING: Please visit
visit the message forum thread on this trip to ensure we have you covered for sleeping and eating arrangements.
EDIT: Food reservations cut-off: Thursday Mid-day.
CONTACT INFO: In case of emergency, Sam's mobile number is 6 zero 4 zero 3 five 5 five.
HEALTH ADVISORY: This trip involves hiking. Please consider this when choosing what you bring: i.e. camping equipment + food + photography gear
PHOTO CHALLENGE: I know some of this group subscribe to
DPChallenge. If you don't then you might consider it as it is free for the basic membership. And this week's challenges are: "Clouds" or "Outdoor Night Portrait". I thought these were perfect for us, especially as a back-up / additional option to Star Trails. So be sure to bring your tripod and flashes. For Canon shooters, we can share my 10-metre off-camera flash cable for creativity.
OVERVIEW Meetup: Overnight camping Difficulty: This meetup will involve hiking and camping When: 20 - 21 November 2010 Where : Sai Kung PAX: 30 Kit list: Camera, Hiking boots, Swimming shorts, sun cream, mosquito repellent, tent, food, water bottle, fleece, hat, gloves, sleeping bag. Recommended for Star Trails: Tripod, Remote release, spare camera battery, wide angle lens
Tai Long Wan This is a magical place! Set in the east coast of the Sai Kung Peninsula (西貢半島), Tai Long Wan - Big Wave Bay - is a large bay with white sand beaches flanked by rugged headlands, backed by abandoned fields beyond which rise some impressive hills. There are rocky islets offshore; beyond them is the South China Sea (Mirs Bay); in onshore winds the swell is indeed impressive, all the more so as the sea is relatively unpolluted, and can be a splendid tropical blue or turquoise.
Itinerary:
20 November 09.30 – Meet at Hang Hau MTR Exit B1 (
MTR travel planner) PLEASE ARRIVE PROMPTLY. 09.35 – Take Green minibus #101 from Hang Hau to Sai Kung. Leaves every 20 minutes. Journey time: 30 minutes. (a taxi can be taken direct to Wong Shek ferry pier for about $200) 10.30 – Arrive at Sai Kung. Take KMB bus #94 from Sai Kung to Wong Shek Ferry pier. Leaves every 30 minutes. Journey time: 30 minutes. 11.00/11.30 – Arrive at Wong Shek ferry pier. 11.40 (to be confirmed) – Take Kai-To ferry from Wong Shek to Chek Keng (about $20) (
Ferry timetable here) 12.20 – Arrive at Chek Keng. Walk over the ridge – it’s fairly well sign posted. The walk up to the ridge is a fairly long pull but once at the top, you can rest, and you're rewarded with panoramic views across hills and bay, with Sharp Peak's distinctive profile on your left. The trail winds down, to the hamlet of Tai Long, where you will see the First Stop Cafe.
Read more about the hike here 13.30 - The trail from here is pretty much dead level. The Maclehose Trail bears right, to another hamlet - Ham Tin. This is where we will stop for lunch and camping gear. 14.00 - Hike over the small hill on the left of the restaurants, to get to Tai Long Wan beach. 14.15 – Once we get to the beach we can split up and do whatever we want to do. 17.00 – Make a fire 18:00 – BBQ, drink, be merry. 22:00 - Star Trails Photoshoot (clear skies permitting)
21 November 14:00 – Leave for Ham Tim. 14:15 – Drop off camping gear and get water. Hike over mountain to Chek Keng. 14:45 – Arrive at Chek Keng and take speedboat to Wong Shek ferry pier. 15:00 – Take Taxi back to Sai Kung/Hang Hau. Optional to remain for a photo walk around Sai Kung before heading home.
Q&A Q. What about tents? A. Cost is $100 for a two man tent and $150 for a four man tent. You can hire the tents at a Store called Hoi Fung, in Ham Tin, which is the bay next to Dai Long Wan. We are reserving tents, sleeping mats and sleeping bags ahead.
Please see this thread for more information. Q. What about food? A. BBQ food can be purchased near to the beach. Alternatively you can bring your own. Suggested food includes: baked beans, bread, coffee, sugar, powder milk, energy bars, water, pork chop, corn on the cob.
Please see this thread for more information. Q. Can we bring guests? A. EDIT: There are still spaces, so the meetup is now open to guests. Q. What clothing / accessories should I bring? A. See kit list above, but most essential are: Fleece (evenings can get cold), Headlamp / torches / camping lamps (it gets dark at 6pm), Mosquito repellent, Swimming costume and Small towel (if you are brave enough to swim), Beach toys. Q. What photography equipment should I bring? A. If you want to do star trails, you will need a tripod and a cable release that has a switch on it that can lock the shutter open. Additionally a very wide angle lens is preferable.

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  • naomirebecca

    The photos look great wish I could have made it! Just letting everyone know the Reef surf comp is at Tai long Wan next Sunday may be a great opportunity to take some shots!

    November 22, 2010

  • Patrick F.

    Amazing weekend - felt real bad waking up this morning and not having the scenery and the rolling waves as background music :)
    Very much looking forward to the next trip BIG BIG Thanks to our organizers!!

    November 22, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kudos to everyone for making this one of my most memorable experience...ever. I can now say I've hiked in HK. I'm with Miranda, the camping gear stays intact for the next outing.

    P/S...I've the boatman's contact! ;p

    November 21, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    10 x Great!!! When is the next one?? I can't wait!!!!

    November 21, 2010

  • Miranda

    I am leaving my backpack packed for the next trip!

    November 21, 2010

  • Michael L.

    Very enjoyable with a great bunch of people! Kudos to organisers and helpers.. and many thanks to the one up high for the lovely weather!!

    November 21, 2010

  • Luigi

    It was amazing and remarkable. If the rate can be marked to 10 stars, I will do that.
    Agree with Sean, when will we do the next camping?

    November 21, 2010

  • Sean C.

    Great day/ night, when are we doing the next one?

    November 21, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    November 19, 2010

  • Chi L.

    I need to leave early on Sunday. Does anyone know where I can get the timetable for the ferry from Chek Keng.

    November 18, 2010

  • Patrick F.

    Thank you very much Janice :)

    November 18, 2010

  • Janice H

    Just reserved 9 pcs BBQ food.
    For as below following persons.
    1.) Chi Leung
    2.) Michael Loh
    3.) Yvonne Chan
    4.) Patrick Festl
    5.) Louis
    6.&7.) Krzysztof Kostienko x 2
    8.) Sui
    9.) Peppy Jess

    November 18, 2010

  • Janice H

    Reminding that On Keep have place for us to take shower, pls bring your Shampoo/Conditioner and Towel too...

    November 17, 2010

  • Janice H

    Okay, Thanks Sam!

    November 17, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    @Janice. Please add 2 more for food: Sui and Jess. Sui to confirm tmrw - waiting for reply but probably yes.

    November 17, 2010

  • Patrick F.

    Fully agree with Miranda
    Big thanks to you

    November 17, 2010

  • Miranda

    I think you have done more than enough to try and get people organised Sam. Thanks for the help organising as well Janice and Jenny.

    November 17, 2010

  • Janice H

    Yes, you're right. thanks!
    Confirmed Buy BBQ Food as below:
    1.) Chi Leung
    2.) Michael L
    3.) Yvonne C
    4.) Patrick Festl
    5.) Louis
    6.) Krzysztof x 2pcs

    I'll help you guys to reserve the BBQ food tomorrowm $100 per a person.

    November 17, 2010

  • Louis

    Hi Janice, Sam,

    Have confirmed on the forum means no need to reconfirm here right?

    Look forward to the adventure this weekend, thanks to everyone for their suggestions and efforts in organising - much appreciated

    November 17, 2010

  • Janice H

    Anyone need to reserve the BBQ food? Otherwise On Kee not help us to prepare the BBQ food.Pls confirm tomorrow before 12pm. Thanks!

    November 17, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    We can only really reserve for the people that have bothered to reply. I have sent out 2 reminders to indicate interest - not sure what else to do.

    November 17, 2010

  • Janice H

    only 6 people confirmed Buy BBQ food. How many BBQ pack we need to reserve? (BBQ pack included: Beef, Sausages,Chops,Chicken wing,3styles meat ball,green/red pepper, Corn,Mushroom etc...) we can BBQ at on Kee place.

    November 17, 2010

  • Patrick F.

    Thanks Janice,
    In this case might I kindly impose on one of our dear Cantonese speakers to please reserve with them?
    Trust by now those that need to buy on Sat have indicated this already?

    November 17, 2010

  • Janice H

    good question Patrick, yes...we need to reserve the BBQ pack on before (Thursday)18/11 $100 per a person.

    November 17, 2010

  • Patrick F.

    Just a quick question in regards to On Kee - do we need to reserve BBQ in advance, or just buy it when we get there on Saturday?

    November 17, 2010

  • Michael L.

    ok Jenny but my only concern is seabreeze which could kill the candle flame.. worth a try..

    November 16, 2010

  • Michael L.

    an idea for nite photography is Light Painting.. bring coloured lights e.g. torchlights, light sticks etc if you have any.. should be fun!

    November 16, 2010

  • Miranda

    Great.

    November 16, 2010

  • Janice H

    We will wait you guys at 10:25am in Sai Kung.

    November 16, 2010

  • Patrick F.

    Sounds good
    Will meet you there

    November 16, 2010

  • Miranda

    Janice, it is likely that we won't get to Sai Kung until 10.30. The schedule is listed above. Good idea for a place to meet up though. Thanks.

    November 16, 2010

  • Janice H

    Sai Kung Green Taxi Stand next to Bus Terminus at 9:40am front of seven eleven shop.

    November 16, 2010

  • Patrick F.

    Where in Sai Kung should we meet - would also meet you guys directly in Sai Kung.

    November 16, 2010

  • Janice H

    I will wait you in Sai Kung at 9:40am.

    November 16, 2010

  • Michael L.

    Chi, I was thinking of doing some light strobist shots on the beach and camp area too.. just one strobe and a reflector.. should be fun to try!

    November 12, 2010

  • Chi L.

    no I mean you guys. Please don't make any additional arrangements for me. This outing is for you guys to enjoy and learn.

    November 12, 2010

  • Chi L.

    Miranda and Jenny I admire your effort.

    I'm buying food because it leaves room for my strobist gear. I've made the finals of the One Shot contest so I need to practice. I'm hoping my fellow club members will help me out by being willing models.

    November 11, 2010

  • Michael L.

    I will see if I can bring my iPad.. don't want to carry to many things with me if possible..

    November 11, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    PLEASE SEE THE DISCUSSION THREAD FOR CO-ORDINATING SLEEPING AND EATING PLANS
    http://www.meetup.com/hongkongphotographyclub/messages/boards/thread/10021076/#[masked]

    November 10, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have 2 small burners and 2 camping pans. Not going to work for more than 4-6 people though unless everyone eats at different times.

    November 10, 2010

  • Miranda

    I am sure our 'boys' are much more enlightened than that!

    November 10, 2010

  • Miranda

    I bet we can come up with much better food between us. Isn't that the fun of camping? :)

    November 10, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you very much Jenny. For those who need tents, the cost of the tents will be divided between you. I did not collect information about who wants a BBQ cooked for them (as I did not know that was an option). If you would like BBQ food, please send me an email (via my profile page) and I will collect the total number to provide to On Kee.

    November 10, 2010

  • naomirebecca

    I haven't been to a meetup before, but I plan to go to Tai Long Wan that Friday night, is it ok to just meet on the beach? Also If you want info on hk camping shops or boat and shop phone numbers for TLW check out the facebook group Tai long Wan by speed boat.

    November 8, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    (Just back from India - sorry for not replying before). So far 17 people have indicated they need tents. Assuming everyone will be happy sharing for the one night, that would me we need to reserve 9 tents. Would a Cantonese speaker be able to call to reserve for us?

    November 8, 2010

  • Janice H

    Hi Jenny, Good idea. I am have not tent and cooking stuff, so we are better share with someone!!!Thanks!

    November 2, 2010

  • Miranda

    That is great Janice! I am sure we can get a Cantonese speaker to ring up for us.

    November 2, 2010

  • Janice H

    Last weekend, I went to there for hiking, I got their name card.
    On Kee Store
    13/G Ham Tin Bay, Sai Kung.
    Contact Person: Mr. Wan Shui Sang
    Tel:[masked]/[masked]

    November 2, 2010

  • Sean C.

    If you think you will go camping again then i suggest you buy your own tent as it will be cheaper in the long run. Also we will try to reserve the tents in advance but there is no way to contact the place on the beach so unless someone goes there before hand then it will be quite difficult.

    November 2, 2010

  • Miranda

    No way to book in advance as far as I am aware.

    November 2, 2010

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