Beside the Seaside

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Tong Fuk Beach, like the village that homes it, is resolutely low key. At 200 metres, it’s a lot shorter than Cheung Cha, its flashier cousin a little further to the east; its sand is slate grey, without a glimmer of gold, and there are few amenities. But that’s the way we like it.

A path from the village (by a bus stop on the South Lantau Road) takes you through abandoned fields to the beach, which is wild and windswept, and as often as not near deserted. Tourists tend to bypass Tong Fuk altogether, and most day-trippers stick to the beaches at Pui O and Cheung Sha, which are closer to the ferry pier.

There are basic changing rooms and lifeguards are on duty during summer but that’s about as ‘commercial’ as Tong Fuk Beach gets. Bring everything you need for the day because there are no beach bars or tuck shops; there’s nowhere to barbeque and there’s not even a campsite. This beach is yours to enjoy in its natural state; it’s raw and unspoilt.

Tong Fuk Beach provides expansive views across the South China Sea, and you can expect spectacular sunsets. The view inland encompasses densely wooded slopes and the Lantau hills above, and the trees that line the beach provide plenty of shade at midday. The water is clean, at least by Hong Kong standards. And that slate-grey sand? It’s fine and smooth, and soothing on bare feet as it slopes invitingly towards the shore.

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