As Hong Kong is gearing up to welcome international guests back into the city, it is now ready to show off more of its diverse and natural wonders. Add these to your itinerary for your next visit and cross off some items from your bucket list.
- Experience stand-up paddling across majestic river views. Three Fathoms Cove, right by the seafront villages Yung Shue O and Sham Chung, is the perfect location for a scenic getaway from the city. With views of rolling hills and cerulean waters under your feet, stand-up paddling is the perfect activity to try out while propelling through Hong Kong’s rich biodiversity.
- Challenge yourself by taking on the 60km Super Bike Track. For those who don’t mind breaking a sweat, Hong Kong offers various cycling routes for beginners and experienced cyclists alike. Cycle through Hong Kong’s wetlands, parks, and mountains on the new 60km “Super Bike Track” that connects Tuen Mun and Ma On Shan in the New Territories.
- Catch the waves and wakesurf along a sprawling peninsula. Filipino model and Hong Kong Superfan Jeanine Tsoi shares how she prefers to spend her weekends outside of the city, and would often go wakesurfing in Sai Kung from summer to mid-fall with friends. A former fishing village, Sai Kung Town offers visitors a variety of water sports that range from diving to kayaking, making it a top destination come summertime. Surf along the coast of the Sai Kung Peninsula and enjoy the various beaches it has to offer with the wind in your hair and refreshing waters at your feet.
- Kayak through 55 million years of history and fascinating volcanic rock formations. Often referred to as a unique “Geopark in the City” due to it being only an hour away from the bustling center, the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark is nothing short of fascinating geoattractions. Instead of the usual walking tours, a popular and more exhilarating way to explore the park is by kayaking. Marvel at rock formations and sea caves from up close, and even through uninhabited islands via kayak.
- Explore Hakka culture in a former salt-producing village from the 90s. A former salt-producing village that was abandoned in the 1990s, Yim Tin Tsai’s saltpans were developed by Hakka settlers that came to the small town of Sai Kung. Years later, visitors can catch glimpses of Hakka customs, heritage, and folklore from Hakka settlers that migrated over 300 years ago.
- Stroll through the idyllic and IG-worthy Peng Chau island. A relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, the small island of Peng Chau offers visitors a variety of vibrant arts spaces, aesthetically pleasing cafes, and quaint little shops full of unique knick-knacks and souvenirs. The island is also full of Instagram-worthy locations, such as old factories, beaches, and temples that showcase its one-of-a-kind personality.
- Visit enchanting villages and islands from the longest pier in Hong Kong. Once a closed border town, Sha Tau Kok has gradually reopened with its pier restarting operations in June 2022. Built in the 1960s, the pier is the longest in the city and can take visitors to Lai Chi Wo, Kat O, and Ap Chau among other islands. The pier is located on the east-most point of Hong Kong, close enough for a glimpse of Shenzhen across the border.
- Go on an exhilarating hike over, under, and across Hong Kong’s vast natural beauty. A go-to destination for hikers, Hong Kong’s many trails not only cater to hikers of varying skill levels but also to nature lovers looking for a way to fully immerse themselves into the natural beauty of Hong Kong.
Beginners can try out the Lau Shui Heung Reservoir hike, taking them to the Instagram famous “sky mirror”, while intermediate to experienced hikers can try out the Tai Tam Reservoir hike or the Wilson Trail — stretching from Stanley Gap, on Hong Kong Island all the way to Nam Chung in the New Territories.
Check out more of the new adventures you can explore in Hong Kong at New Adventures at Every Turn. Rediscover the sights and sounds of Hong Kong’s backyard at 360 Hong Kong Moments – ASMR in Hong Kong Nature.