The city may be dressed up in suits and skyscrapers but Hong Kong’s mountains, parks and waterfront are the perfect playground for some adventure sports. Here are five ways to get your dose of adventure in Hong Kong.
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Windsurf in Hong Kong
Don’t just windsurf, windsurf like a champion. Hong Kong’s only Olympic gold medal winner Lee Lai Shan became the world’s best windsurfer in the waves off Kwun Yam Beach on Cheung Chau Island. At the Cheung Chau Windsurfing Centre you can rent windsurfing boards and paddle boards, as well as kayaks for exploring the nearby islands. And when you’ve conquered the waves retire to their beachside café for a cold beer and some excellent fish and chips.
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Given the city is built on a rock it’s no surprise that there are plenty of opportunities to literally get to grips with the landscape. The best climbing in Hong Kong is said to be on Tung Lung Chau island. It’s not an easy spot to reach and that’s part of the attraction. You’ll need to take a local ferry from Shau Kei Wan (Sat, Sun and public holidays only) and bring your own equipment and food. If you’re looking for groups heading out to climb or rental equipment, try the folks at Hong Kong climbing.
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Wakeboarding in Hong Kong
When windsurfing isn’t exciting enough, strap yourself to the back of a speedboat and leap over the waves. The HQ Aqua Bound Centre offers both rental services and instructors who can put you through your paces. The location on Stanley Beach is a hop, skip and a jump from downtown – meaning you can swap your suit for swim trunks in less than 30 mins. The centre also organizes regular beach parties where you can share BBQ and beer with your fellow wakeboarders.
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Surfing in Hong Kong
Ok, so this isn’t Hawaii but you can catch a wave or two in Hong Kong. The best spot is the appropriately named Big Wave Bay out near Sai Kung where you will regularly find waves of three to four foot. While the waves may not be stacked high, there is usually plenty of space and the beach itself is a fantastic stretch of golden sand. There are a couple of café/shops on the waterfront that will rent you a surfboard or bodyboard. For beginners, there is also a Surf Hong Kong school that can help you get up on two feet. The trip out to Big Wave Bay is a bit of a trek and you should check the wave conditions before you travel. And don't miss out on exploring beautiful Sai Kung itself.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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With hundreds of islands there are some fantastic opportunities to see Hong Kong by sea. You’ll find kayaks to rent on most major beaches, including Stanley, but it’s worth traveling out a little further so you get a slice of the South China Sea all to yourself. Head for the enigmatically named Plover Cove and the Tai Mei Tuk water sports center. Surrounded by green hill, head out on the sparkling blue water and explore the areas bays, inlets, and peninsulas. The water center is government run and rentals are a bargain.
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You’ve already read our guide to hiking in Hong Kong, but for something more adventurous try scrambling – essentially hiking off the beaten track. Hong Kong has thousands of acres of mountains, valleys and jungle greenery - as well as a fantastic coastline waiting to be explored. The scrambling Hong Kong website is a community run website that details the best trails and treks along the coast. Some parts of Hong Kong can be surprisingly remote so be sure to be prepared and bring plenty of water.