Tai Tau Chau at Shek O

Tai Tau Chau at Shek O | 石澳大頭洲
Tai Tau Chau (Photo by Matthew Ho)

Shek O is a popular place in Hong Kong Island for swimmers, barbecue lovers and Cantopop music video shooting. It is surrounded by South China Sea, Big Wave Bay and Cape D’Aguilar Peninsula.

Tai Tau Chau connects to Shek O through a tombolo. But hikers do not need to worry about the tide because a blue Lover’s Bridge was built over the tombolo. The bridge got this name because it is so narrow that it can only allow two persons to pass at a time.

Rugged granites and rocky cliffs at Tai Tau Chau at Shek O | 石澳大頭洲 | 香港攀岩聖地
Rugged granites and rocky cliffs (Photo by Matthew Ho)

Suffered from the northeast monsoon and tide for millions of years, Tai Tau Chau is full of rugged granites and rocky cliffs and is the paradise for rock climbing in Hong Kong. In Cantonese, “Shek” means Rock and “O” means Bay. Maybe that’s why Shek O got its name.

Around Shek O, there are a lot of scenic spots. A few miles to the north is the Big Wave Bay, a paradise for surfers. To the south is Cape D’Agular Marine Reserve, the first marine reserve area in Hong Kong. To the west is Dragon’s Back, one of the best urban hiking trails selected by Time Asia Magazine in 2004.

How to Get There:

Shau Kei Wan MTR Station -> take Bus No. 9 -> Get off at the last stop -> Walk along Shek O Headland Road -> Pass Lover’s Bridge

Chinese Translation:

Shek O: 石澳
Tai Tau Chau: 大頭洲
Cape D’Aguilar Peninsula: 鶴咀半島
Lover’s Bridge: 情人橋
Big Wave Bay: 大浪灣
Cape D’Agular Marine Reserve: 鶴咀海岸保護區
Dragon’s Back: 龍脊
Shek O Headland Road: 石澳山仔路

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In 2003, I moved to Hong Kong with a dream of traveling around the world. Later I found out, HK is an amazing "mini world". Other than skyscrapers, a few steps outside the modern city, it has steep hills, winding coastlines, outlying islands, millions of years volcanic rocks, remote beaches, unspoilt fishing villages, secret waterfalls, wild animals and ancient forests. Follow me now to explore the Hong Kong less traveled.


  1. Hi Chensong.
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