The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said construction began last October on the site of a disused campground at the popular hiking and camping spot in Sai Kung Country Park. “A few years ago [the AFCD] started planning for a stargazing location in Sai Wan, as it was far from urban areas and suffered less light pollution,” the department told HKFP.
The AFCD said that no trees were felled during construction, and the project went through a deliberation phase. “The concept for a stargazing location had been discussed at a meeting of the Working Group on Sai Wan Management, and a consensus was reached after consulting Sai Wan villagers,” the department said.
Client : Architectural Services Department
Location : Sai Wan, Hong Kong
Finished On : January, 2019
Remarks : The project was completed under the budget, with the savings returned to the owner.
The site will feature a ring made of large, reclined benches: “The seat design is ergonomic and allows for different viewing angles. It is more comfortable than stargazing lying on the ground,” the department said.
Once opened, the stargazing terrace can accommodate 30 people around the clock. It is located five minutes away from the new campground at Sai Wan beach, and the nearest public transportation is an hour’s walk away.