Bring out the adrenaline junkie in you on this Hong Kong trip!
Few neighboring countries have finally opened their borders to international guests. So if you’ve been waiting for your “revenge travel” moment with your friends or family after those long periods of lockdowns, this is your chance to book that ticket. And a country that’s gearing up to welcome tourists is Hong Kong.
As they plan on lifting travel bans, Hong Kong is now ready to show off more of its diverse and natural wonders. Aside from the usual tourist spots, here are some activities and places that you and your friends can add to your itinerary on your next visit to Hong Kong.
Experience stand-up paddling across majestic river views
Bonding with your loved ones creates unforgettable memories that will definitely be for the books, and one such experience is stand-up paddle boarding. The perfect location to do so is at Three Fathoms Cove, right by the seafront villages of Yung Shue O and Sham Chung. The scenic views of rolling hills and calm waters under your feet would be a relaxing activity for your group.
Challenge yourself by taking on the 60km Super Bike Track
Are you the on-the-go type of person? If you don’t mind breaking a sweat, you can pedal your way to Hong Kong’s wetlands, parks, and mountains on this new 60km “Super Bike Track.” Hong Kong has impressive cycling trails perfect for beginners and experienced cyclists. The “Super Bike Track” connects you to Tuen Mun and Ma On in the New Territories.
Catch the waves and wakesurf along a sprawling peninsula
Another way to amp up your adrenaline on your trip is wakesurfing in Sai Kung Town. A former fishing village, this town has a variety of water sports for tourists to try. Whether it be diving, kayaking, or wakesurfing, your friends and family will surely have a good time here.
Filipino model and Hong Kong Superfan Jeanine Tsoi vouches for this place, too. She has shared how she loves going outside of the city on her free days and just spending time wakesurfing in Sai Kung from summer to mid-fall with her friends.
Kayak through 55 million years of history and fascinating volcanic rock formations
If you haven’t heard about Hong Kong’s UNESCO Global Geopark, then you should know that this is a must-visit place for the adventurous types. Dubbed as a unique “Geopark in the City,” this will only take an hour’s drive away from the bustling city center.
What sets the Global Geopark apart from other geo parks in the world is your way of touring. Instead of walking, you can discover rock formations, sea caves, and uninhabited islands while kayaking.
Explore Hakka culture in a former salt-producing village from the 90s
Traveling isn’t only for fun, it also teaches you lessons that aren’t taught in classrooms. One way of getting to know more about Hong Kong is by learning about Hakka culture. Hakka settlers from Sai Kung developed Yim Tin Tsai’s saltpans, a former salt-producing village that was eventually abandoned in the 90s. Today, you can catch a glimpse of Hakka customs, heritage, and folklore from the Hakka settlers that originally migrated over three centuries ago.
Stroll through the idyllic and IG-worthy Peng Chau island
If your group prefers a tranquil setting and wants to be away from the city, Peng Chau island is the place to be. This small island is full of vibrant art spaces, visually appealing cafes that deserve a spot on your Instagram story, and quaint souvenir shops. You can also take a snap of old factories, beaches, and temples.
Visit enchanting villages and islands from the longest pier in Hong Kong
We weren’t kidding when we said this list of activities and places to add to your itinerary is far from your usual Hong Kong tour. Once a closed border town, Sha Tuau Kok gradually reopened its pier earlier this year. Built during the 1960s, the longest pier in Hong Kong located at the east-most point of Hong Kong can bring you to several islands such as Lai Chi Wo, Kat O, and Ap Chau. From here, you can also get a closer look at mainland China’s Shenzhen across the border.
Go on an exhilarating hike over, under, and across Hong Kong’s vast natural beauty
Love hiking? Hong Kong doesn’t hold out on trails for every hiker, whether beginner or pro. If you’re a nature lover that’s still a neophyte in the hiking world, you can still immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Hong Kong.
You can start by hiking the Lau Shui Heung Reservoir where you’ll see the Instagram famous “sky mirror.” If you’re an experienced hiker, you can check out the Tai Tam Reservoir or the Wilson Trail, which stretches from Hong Kong island’s Stanley Gap all the to New Territories’ Nam Chung.
Whatever your preferred theme of the trip is, Hong Kong will guarantee you the best travel experience. You can check out more new adventures to explore in Hong Kong at New Adventures at Every Turn. If you feel like rediscovering the sights and sounds of Hong Kong’s backyard before actually going there, then you can look check this YouTube channel.
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