Sai Kung District is the second largest district in Hong Kong in terms of area. It comprises the southern half of Sai Kung Peninsula and Clear Water Bay Peninsula in the New Territories plus a strip to the east of Kowloon. It is made up of the Sai Kung Town, Sai Kung rural areas, Tseung Kwan O New Town and over 70 islands of different sizes. The administrative centre is Sai Kung Town but the district’s population is concentrated in Tseung Kwan O. The district has the second youngest residents. Known as the “back garden of Hong Kong”, Sai Kung has been able to retain its natural scenery, and where the Hong Kong Global Geopark is located. Behind the modern buildings, a lot of traditional customs and cultures are still retained in the rural villages.
Hiram’s Highway is the only principal road linking Sai Kung to Kowloon East and Tseung Kwan O. To improve the traffic conditions in Sai Kung, the Government is now planning to implement improvement works on Hiram’s Highways. The improvement works will be implemented in 2 stages, including Hiram’s Highway Improvement Stage 1 (from Clear Water Bay to Marina Cove) which is under construction, and Hiram’s Highway Improvement Stage 2 (from Marina Cove to Sha Ha) which is under investigation.
Reasons for implementing the Hiram’s Highway Improvement Stage 2
Improve Highway Design
The existing Hiram’s Highway was designed based on old design standard. The lack of ancillary facilities also results in inconvenience to road users, for example:
Insufficient Pedestrian Crossing Facility
Sharp Bends and Insufficient Sight Distance
Relieve Traffic Congestion
Hiram’s Highway is the only principal road linking Sai Kung to Kowloon East and Tseung Kwan O. There is traffic congestion along some sections of the road during peak hours on weekdays and on the weekend. In the event of traffic accident or other emergencies, fully closure of carriageway may be required, which will seriously affect the daily life of the local residents. Moreover, due to the narrow carriageway, when there is road maintenance or utility works, road closure will be required. It will inevitably cause adverse traffic impact.
Cope with Development of Sai Kung District
According to the Outline Zoning Plans of Sai Kung districts, there will be an increase in population due to planned developments. In addtion, a number of leisure and tourist attractions in Sai Kung (including Hong Kong Global Geopark of China) will attract tourists visiting Sai Kung, generating related traffic demands.
Improvement of Hiram’s Highway
To imporve highway design, relieve the traffice congestion, and to cope with the development of Sai Kung, the Government is planning to carry out improvement works on Hiram’s Highway. Highways Department commissioned the Hiram’s Highway Improvement Stage 1 to enhance a section of Hiram’s Highway from Clear Water Bay Road to Marina Cove to a dual 2-lane carriageway. The works contract of Hiram’s Highway Improvement Stage 1 commenced in early 2016 and is planned for completion in end 2020. Hiram’s Highway Improvement Stage 2 will continue to improve the section of Hiram’s Highway from Marina Cove to Sai Kung Town. This will strengthen the connectivity between Sai Kung and the urban areas.
Your views on the Hiram’s Highway Improvement Stage 2 project are welcome. We hope to know more about the public’s expectations and foster mutual understanding with the public on the project through the upcoming public engaement and consultation activities. We are going to conduct an exhibition and a public forum in early October 2016 and end October 2016 respectively to enable the public to understand the project and to express their views. Details are as follows：
Public Forum – Adverse Weather Arrangement
In case Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No.8 or above is hoisted or Black Rainstorm Warning Signal is issued by the Hong Kong Observatory 2 hours before the public forum (i.e. 12:00 pm), the activity will be cancelled and will be rescheduled to the same time on 29 October 2016 at the same venue. Enquiry Tel.2859 5666
Source: Meinhardt Infrastructure and Environment Limited (Design and Construction)
Sai Kung Waterfront Promenade, Sai Kung, Hong Kong
The MTR system’s Tseung Kwan O Line currently has five stations in Tseung Kwan O New Town. The new town is also served by a comprehensive bus network that connects it to Kowloon via several main roads including Tseung Kwan O Tunnel and Po Lam Road.
Hang Hau Road and Ying Yip Road link Tseung Kwan O with Sai Kung Town and Clear Water Bay. The nearest MTR station to Sai Kung Town is Hang Hau.
Some of the most beautiful and thus isolated parts of Sai Kung Peninsula can only be reached on foot or by boat. Where a destination is accessible by public transport, it is usually served via a complicated network of bus routes. Information on certain bus routes may be found here.
The details of bus and minibus routes going to Sai Kung Town are as follows.
Bus route 92 from Diamond Hill Station
Bus route 99 from Heng On Estate (via Wu Kai Sha Station
Bus route 299X from Sha Tin Town Centre (near Sha Tin Station)
Bus route 792M from Tseung Kwan O Station (via Tiu Keng Leng Station
Minibus route 1 from Telford Gardens (near Kowloon Bay Station)
Minibus route 1A from Choi Hung Station (The most popular method)
Minibus route 101M from Hang Hau Station (Quickest way from Hong Kong Island)
Scheduled ferry services also operate between coastal points on the peninsula and in and around the islands:
A kai-to carrying passengers to the outlying islands off the Sai Kung Peninsula
On summer nights, a lot of people hire small boats known as kaitos or sampan, some to catch cuttle-fish which is a popular pastime for local residents, others for leisurely trips through the island-dotted inland sea of Port Shelter. Popular islands to visit include:
Kau Sai Chau
Kiu Tsui Chau (Sharp Island)
Leung Shuen Wan Chau (High Island)
Pak Sha Chau (White Sand Island)
Yeung Chau (Sheep Island)
Yim Tin Tsai (Little Salt Field)
The large island of Kau Sai Chau is the location for a public golf course developed and run by the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
Sai Kung has some of the most beautiful and cleanest beaches in Hong Kong. Here is a list of the beaches in Sai Kung:
Clear Water Bay 1st Beach
Clear Water Bay 2nd Beach
Tai Long Wan (Big Wave Bay)
Tai Long Wan (Big Wave Bay), approximately 1.5 hours walk from the nearest road, is one of the few places in Hong Kong where surfing is possible, particularly in the winter months.
Long Ke Wan