Guide to Hong Kong: Adventure Seeker
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Let’s get physical! If you’re all shopped out, have had your fill of good food, covered Hong Kong’s main sights, and are now looking for outdoor adventures, Hong Kong won’t disappoint! Whether it’s hiking, biking or splashing around in the surf, there are plenty of options, while for armchair sports fans there are exciting sporting events that take place all year round.
The Hong Kong Rugby Sevens is one of the most famous sporting events in the world and the city is transformed into a rugby fanatic’s dream for one crazy weekend. You’ll also find that other big events have their slot on Hong Kong’s sporting calendar: from horse racing to badminton, golf, volleyball and tennis, to name just a few. And Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races, attended by over 5,000 athletes from 10-plus countries and regions, is a can’t-miss event.
Get on Board!
As largely a series of islands in the South China Sea, Hong Kong offers plenty of opportunity for you to try a sport for yourself—with water-based activities being the obvious choice. Board sports are popular: surfing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, wakeboarding, stand-up paddle boarding—Hong Kong welcomes water sports enthusiasts galore. Stanley Main Beach on the Southside and Lantau Island are particularly popular spots.
Wheely great fun
A sport that can be enjoyed by the whole family on a visit to Hong Kong—and one which provides a great opportunity to experience the great outdoors—is cycling. Head up to Sha Tin in the New Territories, and you’ll find a series of designated cycle paths through picturesque surrounds. You can rent your wheels from the Sha Tin Park Bike Kiosk where you’ll find several companies hiring out bicycles by the day. Hiking also offers opportunities to see a beautifully rural world at your own pace, taking in mountains, beaches, woodland and more.
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Spotlight on: Sai Kung
Adventurers will love Sai Kung’s volcanic caves, pristine coral and remote hikes. The area is historically one of Hong Kong’s remotest rural reaches, but its rare geological and environmental treasures ensure this district is revered far and wide. A close-knit community first settled here in the Song Dynasty (960-1279AD), and this has expanded to some 50-plus villages today.
Hit the Trail
Sai Kung’s big claim to fame among hiking enthusiasts is the MacLehose Trail. This 100km, ten-stage route is not for the faint-hearted as it climbs some of Hong Kong’s highest peaks and descends its deepest valleys; but it’s really worth the effort, and you can do it in parts. Sections 1 and 2 of the trail, which pass along the peninsula and deep into Sai Kung East Country Park, are manageable for day trips—and the best part is that you’ll find crystal clear waters along the way in which to cool down.
Perfect for outdoor adventurers is the far-flung island of Tung Lung Chau, a now rarely-inhabited idyll east of Hong Kong Island. The walking trail around the island is worth it for the geological features alone, but the spot is a destination in its own right for unrestricted rock climbing and wild camping if you’re brave enough! Here you’ll also find Tung Lung Fort, which was constructed in the early 1700s to fend off pirates. It was in use until the beginning of the 19th century, and it has since been partially restored for visitors.
Catch of the Day
After you’ve burned all that energy, it’s time to eat, drink and shop! Unsurprisingly, Sai Kung is famous for its seafood—Hoi Pong Street along the waterfront is more commonly referred to as “Seafood Street”. Peer over the edge of the harbor and you’ll find myriad junk boats hawking fresh-caught seafood: simply pick what you fancy, take it to one of the many restaurants and they’ll cook it the way you like it.
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