Sha Tau Kok Pier, which is located in the Frontier Closed Area (FCA) in northeast Hong Kong, is open for group tours, starting June 3. The tours are currently only open during weekends and public holidays, and the next tour is scheduled for June 18.
Sha Tau Kok is the northernmost town in the SAR and shares a land border with Mainland China that runs along Chung Ying Street. The government has devised a six-month trial scheme under which registered tour groups can travel from Sha Tau Kok Pier to outlying islands in northeast Hong Kong such as Lai Chi Wo and Kat O (also known as Crooked Island).
Members of these group tours can also visit the new Cape of Sha Tau Kok at the easternmost corner of Sha Tau Kok, where they can see views of Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Other attractions include a replica of a boundary stone with an ancient poem dedicated to the scenery of this town.
Currently, Hongkongers who do not have a valid permit to enter the FCA are prohibited from accessing the Sha Tau Kok Pier. After the trial, the government will assess whether they can further open up this remote town to visitors after reviewing their impact on the residents, traffic and security.
Under Hong Kong’s current social distancing measures, local tours can comprise no more than 30 people. The limit can be increased to 100 people if all participants undergo rapid antigen tests (RATs) on the first day of the tour.
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