Pak Tam Chung Holiday Camp
It is a challenge to find any form of entertainment in Hong Kong that costs less than HK$200 for a family of four - let alone one that can be stretched out for the best part of a day and offers a choice of activities ranging from archery, tennis, roller-skating and swimming to karaoke and mahjong.
But if you are prepared to venture a little off the beaten track, it can be done. The Po Leung Kuk's Pak Tam Chung Holiday Camp in Sai Kung offers the ideal solution for any parent struggling to find inexpensive ways of entertaining bored children during the long summer holidays.
The holiday park is one of two non-profit-making camps run by the Po Leung Kuk social service organisation and sits on the outer edge of Sai Kung Country Park, surrounded by some of Hong Kong's most beautiful scenery.
During school term, the camp is often overrun with children, but it also offers a walk-in service for members of the public that includes a full range of activities for an entrance fee of just HK$27 per person Monday to Friday, HK$40 on weekends and public holidays.
For this, you get access to all the camp's activities, many of which are supervised by qualified instructors between 9am and 4pm. Children aged under three are half price.
Children can choose from trampolining, archery, roller-skating, basketball, rope courses, swimming, canoeing and paddle boating.
There is also a playground, a climbing wall, table tennis, pool tables and bicycles, which can be ridden around the inside perimeter of the park.
Admittedly, some of the camp's bikes and equipment have seen better days, but it doesn't seem to matter, especially when you consider what tremendous value for money it is.
There is a canteen that offers cheap and cheerful meals at about HK$26 each, but the best option is to take a picnic and make the most of the fresh air, open spaces and beautiful scenery in between activities. It is also a great venue for a birthday party outing.
One word of advice would be to book in advance if you are a large party.
It is also best to check that the activities you are most interested in are available on the day you plan to visit, as the schedule changes from day to day.
Those travelling by car can park within the park or just across the road for free. You can take bus No 94 from Sai Kung or No 92 from Diamond Hill, getting off at the country park barrier.
Verdict: value-for-money fun for children and teens
For further information visit www.poleungkuk.org.hk or call 2277 8678