Hong Kong Activities

Hong Kong Activities

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A day at the beach provides a pleasant respite from the hustle and bustle of Kowloon and the north shore of Hong Kong Island. Beaches on the coasts of the territory are truly diverse and will suit all comers. Big Wave Bay Beach is on the east side of the island. As its name implies, the sea here is great for windsurfing and other watersports.

The sheltered beach at Repulse Bay is lined with expensive looking architecture. The seas are gentle here and suitable for families with youngsters. Silver Mine Bay, Cheung Sha and Pui O beaches are relaxing locations for people who take trips to Lantau Island. Among the other beaches worth going out of the way to visit is Tung Wan on Cheung Chau Island.

Hong Kong features a fairly extensive network of trails for hiking. The Dragon’s Back route follows a loop around Shek O Country Park on the east side of Hong Kong Island. It is best to start at the Shek O Road end of the trail and finish with a swim at Big Wave Bay. On Kowloon side, one of the best hikes is the trail from Tsim Bei Tsui and Hong Kong Wetland Park to Shing Uk Tsuen.

The Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Path offers a hike with a difference. This trail takes walkers through areas of the New Territories that were inhabited by ancient clans long before the British arrived. Highlights on the walk are Tin Hau Temple and the Fung Ying Seen Koon Tao complex, Ma Wat Wai fortified village and Lo Wai Fort.

There are several locations in Hong Kong where adrenalin junkies can go paragliding. The innate beauty of the setting can really be appreciated when soaring between mountain peaks. One of the recommended venues for this high-octane activity is beside the Dragon’s Back walking trail. A school here gives tuition in the activity for everyone from novice to seasoned instructor.

When thinking about how busy Hong Kong and its seaways are, dolphins are not the first thing to come to mind. Many visitors are surprised to learn that about 1,000 dolphins live in the Pearl River estuary. Hong Kong Dolphinwatch runs half-day tours out in to the estuary. The company says there is an almost 100 per cent chance of spotting one of the unusual pink dolphins on its cruises.

If there is one activity that should not be passed over on a Hong Kong holiday it is a short cruise on a sampan around Aberdeen Harbour. Sampans probably look much as they did when the British first arrived here in 1841. Chilling out under the awning of a sampan with the incongruous sight of old timber Chinese restaurants with modern skyscrapers as a backdrop is sure to remain a treasured memory. 

Sea-kayaking is an idyllic way of getting to the more remote areas of Hong Kong’s coastlines. A Team Edventures is one of a number of firms offering access to this thrilling activity. It provides guided seaborne adventures in places such as the Sai Kung Peninsula and Hoi Ha Wan National Marine Park.

Sai Kung is also home to one of the few spots in China where surfing is a possibility. While the waves are not as big as Hawaii’s they provide fun for those who adore the sport. Professional surfers offer tuition at a school here and can teach the basic techniques of balancing the board to advanced manoeuvres including snaps and duck-diving.