Shek O

Shek O

Shek O (zh-t|t=石澳) is a beachside village in the Southern District of Hong Kong, surrounded by Shek O Country Park, Big Wave Bay and Cape D'Aguilar. The entire area is a peninsula on the southern coast of the Hong Kong Island, facing the South China Sea. The name "Shek O" literally means the "rocky bay". Shek O is famous for beautiful scenery which is why many Canto-pop music videos are produced there.

hek O Beach

Shek O Beach is a sandy beach on the south-eastern part of Hong Kong Island. The water quality is fair and is gazetted Grade 2. It is a popular weekend and holiday destination, offering a public barbecue area and many restaurants. The rocky cliffs provide an excellent place for sports climbing.

Around one mile north of Shek O beach, after passing the Shek O Country Club, is Big Wave Bay. As its name suggests, big waves roll on to the beach, propelled by the wind, making it a popular destination for surfers. Wind surfers can be found in the sea off Big Wave Bay and Shek O beaches, and, on the mountain backdrop to the area, paragliders sail from the trail on the mountain ridge ('the dragon's back') down to Shek O Beach. Big Wave Bay Beach is also the site of prehistoric rock carvings similar to those found on Cheung Chau Island.

Both beaches have basic bars and restaurants, and equipment hire, such as body boards and lilos. In addition, Shek O Beach has a small crazy golf course.

Due to the isolated location of Shek O, the environment near the beach remains rustic and quiet, which is one of the area's main attractions.

The Shek O Country Club is built around a par 65 private golf course.

Transportation

Shek O is served by Shek O Road, which connects Tai Tam Road to Stanley and Chai Wan.

There are few public transport links towards Shek O Beach: bus route 9 from Shau Kei Wan and route 309 from Central (only available on Sundays and public holidays). There is limited parking near the beach, though many people travel there by car.

It is also served by red minibuses; however the service can be erratic.

Bus routes, New World First Bus

* 9 - to Shau Kei Wan
* 309 - to Central (Exchange Square) (holidays only)
* 319 - to Siu Sai Wan (Island Resort) (holidays in summer only)

ee also

* Beaches of Hong Kong

External links

* [http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=22.231822,114.254680&spn=0.015248,0.022790&t=k&hl=en Satellite image of Shek O by Google Maps]


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