Apart from the swimming pool in your building complex and the facilities at your club, there are plenty of other activities for you and your kids to enjoy in Hong Kong.
Explore the country side. Though at first glance there seems not to be a great deal of space for romping, 40% of the territory is designated and preserved as country park. Picnics, walks and fishing are great outdoor activities for the whole family. More information about country parks can be found in the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department website.
Go to the beach. There are quite a few well maintained beaches in Hong Kong. Sand castle and minnow pond building never fail to amuse. Some of the best beaches are located up in the Sai Kung Country Park.
Lantau Island excursion. The boat ride over to Lantau, the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery, with its ponds of giant turtles, makes for a fun and interesting outing. There are also plenty of scenic hikes in the area for those seeking something a little more energetic.
The Ngong Ping Tea Gardens. Located above Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island this is Hong Kong’s only tea plantation. Situated high on a mountaintop, with only one road up and down, there is horseback riding, barbecue pits and a roller-skating rink. The ferry for Lantau Island leaves from the Outlying Islands Ferry Pier, west of the Star Ferry terminal in Central. Once on the island, directions to the Tea Gardens are available at the ferry pier.
Visit Kadoorie Farm near Tai Po.
It offers city kids a taste of country life, complete with barnyard animals.
Go to the Bird Market near MongKok MTR station. Beware that you'll probably end up adding another member (a chirpy, feathery one) to your family!
Go to Ocean Park . One of Asia’s premiere theme parks, Ocean Park in Aberdeen is a great day out for the family. This sprawling park, dramatically situated on the bluffs overlooking Repulse Bay, features a gondola ride over the rocky coastline, amusement park rides, Marine Land, Adventure Land and the Middle Kingdom, a reproduction of old China. There is also a Kid’s World and Bird’s Paradise and, when you have exhausted yourself (and your kids), there are a number of restaurants in which to relax and have a bite to eat.
Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens . In the heart of Central, the Zoological and Botanical Gardens on Albany Road offer a real respite from of the hustle of the city. The monkeys, panthers, and assortment of other creatures are endless entertainment and to think they all reside in the heart of one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities!
The Peak . The ride up the Peak Tram is a fun one for children and adults, but even more fun riding down. The Peak has become a major entertainment center over the years and the kids will love the Ripley's Believe It or Not and the Madame Tussaud’s Museum.
There are endless things to do in the Peak Complex, or you can take a walk around the top of the Peak itself and enjoy the stunning views over Hong Kong. Follow this with a leisurely lunch at Café Deco with its spectacular city-views, or at the Peak Lookout, which is popular with kids due to its spacious outdoor dining terrace.
Go horse riding. There are a number of public stables where you and your kids can take lessons or just go for a hack.
Lo Wu Saddle Club
Tel: 2673 0066
Fax: 2668 6752
Pokfulam Public Riding School
75 Pokfulam Reservoir Road
Tel: 2550 1359
Fax: 2875 3607
Cost: $360 HKD for a one-hour lesson
Tuen Mun Public Riding School
Lot No.45 Lung Mun Road
Tel: 2461 3338
Fax: 2461 8381
Go to the Museums. The Hong Kong Science and Space Museum, Hong Kong Railway Museum and the Hong Kong Defense Museum are all well worth a visit for their various displays. See Museums for more information.
Ice Skating at the Cityplaza Ice Palace (http://www.icepalace.com.hk ) in Tai Koo Shing is great fun for all the family and is easily accessed by MTR from Central. Skates may be rented at the rink (Dad’s with big feet be warned that the largest skate size is EU47 / UK12 / US12.5).
Take out the company boat or charter a junk and spend the day exploring Hong Kong’s wonderful coastlines and outlying islands. You can either stop at one of the restaurants on Lamma or Po Toi Island or pack a lunch and eat aboard. Have the boat boy anchor in a calm bay and a fabulous afternoon can be spent in the water, on the beach or on the boat.
Take a Star Cruise, and head off to destinations in Vietnam or China.
There are frequent three-day cruises from Hong Kong, which are great for families wanting a short break. There is plenty to keep the kids amused, too. Other cruise ships, such as the QE2 and Crystal Symphony, make Hong Kong a regular stop on their voyages around the world.
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Visit the Organic Farm. Gardening workshops are held at the weekends and volunteers are always welcome to lend a hand. Seasonal organic produce is available to take home with you and, if you are interested in growing your own organic food, plots may be rented from the farm. The Organic Farm also makes weekly, home deliveries of produce.
The Organic Farm
Ho Pui Tsuen, Kam Tin
Tel: 2483 9966
Fax: 2483 9933
Last Updated: 18 November, 2004