Hong Kong Asia's World City

Adventure Seeker

Adventure Seeker

Experience the thrill and adrenaline of outdoor pursuits in Hong Kong

So maybe shopping isn’t your bag, you’ve had your fill of good food and you’ve covered all of Hong Kong’s main sights—what else has the city got to offer? Plenty! That is, if you’re the thrill-seeking, adventure-loving, extreme-sports enthusiast. But whether you’re a sporting pro or simply a beginner willing to give anything a go, you’ll find something here to get you outside, up high or out on the water. You can also get out and about in Sai Kung, Hong Kong’s most adventurous district: exploring its islands, hiking its trails and kayaking its waters.

You haven’t truly experienced what Hong Kong’s natural world has to offer unless you’ve headed out into the vast, wild outdoors. The city is a beacon for extreme sports enthusiasts and professional athletes from all over the world: from top tennis players, to rugby giants and golfing legends, elite athletes are recognizing Hong Kong’s sporting potential. And you shouldn’t feel left out. Whether you want to join the crowds at an international event, you’re an adrenaline junkie looking for your next sporting fix, or you simply want to add a new hobby to your list, the options here will feed your desire for adventure and energize your soul.

Hong Kong was quick off the mark to introduce popular western sporting events to the city, in part due to the cultural colonial influences of the early 20th century. The Hong Kong Rugby Sevens is one of the most famous events on the planet and the city is transformed into a rugby fanatic’s dream for one crazy weekend. You’ll also find that other big universal events have their slot on Hong Kong’s sporting calendar: from horse racing to badminton, golf, volleyball and squash, to name just a few. But the city has not overlooked its Asian influences and has commandeered its own sporting events to greatness. For a taste of Hong Kong’s cultural influences and heritage, mark your diaries for the emblematic Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races, which are attended by over 5,000 athletes from 10-plus countries and regions. A can’t-miss event!

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. And with tucked-away bays just beckoning from the wind, you’ll find that board sports are also popular: surfing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, wakeboarding, stand-up paddle boarding—Hong Kong welcomes watersports enthusiasts galore. It was in windsurfing that Hong Kong gained an international reputation, with the city’s first and only gold medal being won in the sport at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games by Hongkonger Lee Lai-shan. One of the most famous locations for windsurfing is Stanley Main Beach, where you’ll find outdoor activities company HK Aqua-bound Centre. Experienced instructors offer elementary or intermediate lessons for individuals or groups, or you can simply rent the gear.

For a more dynamic, trendier take on windsurfing, try kiteboarding—it’s the fastest growing and most extreme watersport in the world, and it has a huge following in Hong Kong. If you haven’t seen it, just picture a fusion between windsurfing and wakeboarding: all you need is the kite, the board and the wind! The wide cove Shui Hau Wan, on Lantau Island, has become a popular spot for those in the know, with Hong Kong Kiteboarding School one of the companies offering International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO)-recognized instruction here. Try the group four-hour “Discovery” course for beginners, which introduces the sport on land and water; obtain an official IKO qualification over two days; or, if you know what you’re doing, you can just rent the gear here.

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. From your starting point here on the Shing Mun River, you can follow the waterway all the way up to Tolo Harbour and around to the Tai Po waterfront. It’s an easy 16km route that follows a promenade and cycling tracks all the way.

The northern shore of Tolo Harbour is also an ideal location for kayaking, as it’s sheltered from any sea swells or adverse weather and surrounded by photogenic green peaks. Sea kayaking is an extremely popular active pursuit around Hong Kong’s beautiful coastline and it’s extremely easy to rent the kit on most beaches. The Tai Mei Tuk Water Sports Centre in Tai Po offers one-day training courses to equip you for the open water, after which you can book one of the center’s kayak trips that paddle you out to some of the region’s more remote islands and coastal enclaves.

Get Going

  • HK Aqua-bound Centre
    HK Aqua-bound Centre
    An outdoor activities company with instructors offering beginner or intermediate lessons for individuals or groups, plus equipment hire.
    Stanley Main Beach, Stanley Link Road, Stanley, Hong Kong Island
    +852 8211 3876
    How to Get There:
    • Bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 260 from Exchange Square bus terminus (near MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit D.)
    • MTR Causeway Bay Station, Exit B. Walk to Tang Lung Street and then take minibus 40. From Stanley bus terminus, follow the signs to the beach. It’s about a 5-minute walk.
  • Hong Kong Kiteboarding School
    Hong Kong Kiteboarding School
    Get yourself an introduction to kiteboarding from instructors recognized by the International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO).
    Shiu Hau Wan, South Lantau Road, Lantau Island, Outlying Islands
    +852 9288 4571
    How to Get There:
    Take the 30-minute ferry from Central Pier 6 to Mui Wo. From Mui Wo Ferry Pier, take bus 4 and alight at Tong Fuk Bus Terminus. It’s about a 30-minute journey.
  • Sha Tin Park Bike Kiosk
    Sha Tin Park Bike Kiosk
    Rent some wheels and head out on the 16km route along the Shing Mun River and the Tolo Harbour to the Tai Po waterfront.
    Waterfront, Sha Tin Park, Sha Tin, New Territories
    +852 2603 0498
    How to Get There:
    MTR Sha Tin Station, Exit A3. It’s a short walk through Sha Tin Park to the waterfront.
  • Tai Mei Tuk Water Sports Centre
    Tai Mei Tuk Water Sports Centre
    Book yourself a one-day lesson in a kayak, where you'll learn the basics to equip you with the skills for Hong Kong's open waters.
    Main Dam, Tai Mei Tuk Road, Plover Reservoir, Tai Po, New Territories
    +852 2665 3591
    How to Get There:
    MTR Tai Po Market Station, Exit A1. Take bus 75K from Tat Wan Road or minibus 20C from the terminus on Nga Wan Road. Alight at Tai Mei Tuk bus terminus (It’s about a 30-minute journey), and walk along Tei Mei Tuk Road for about 5 minutes to the center.

Adventure Seeker 'Musts'

  • Kayak and Hike
    Kayak Hong Kong waters
    Kayak and Hike
    Get out on the water in one of the Hong Kong's most remote spots: the Sai Kung Volcanic Rock Region. Kayak and Hike is an activities company offering kayak training plus day-long explorations of this incredible, craggy coastline. You'll start with a junk boat trip from Sai Kung pier to Sha Kiu Tau fishing village to collect the kayaks. The day then includes a paddle around the park, swimming and snorkeling, plus a short hike up to a ridge for a panoramic coastal view. Book in advance.
    Sai Kung Pier, Fuk Man Road, Clear Water Bay, New Territories
    +852 9300 5197
    How to Get There:
    • MTR Choi Hung Station Exit C2, then take the minibus route 1A.
    • MTR Hang Hau Station, then take the minibus route 101M.
  • Asia Pacific Adventure
    Learn an outdoor skill
    Asia Pacific Adventure
    Few places in Asia are as suited to rock climbing as Hong Kong: with its mountainous, rugged terrain and diverse climbing opportunities, enthusiasts have a lot to discover. Asia Pacific Adventure offers one-day rock climbing courses for newbies looking to acquire the basic climbing and abseiling skills. Uniquely, you'll learn outside on real rocks, near Shek O, so you can take in the scenery too. And afterwards you can head on down to the village to stock up on all those lost calories!
    16/F, Gee Chang Hong Centre, 65 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong Island
    +852 2792 7128
    How to Get There:
    Take bus 38 from Causeway Bay (Hysan Place; 30-minute journey) or bus 70 from Central (Exchange Square; 40-minute journey), alighting at Wong Chuk Hang Road.
  • Kau Sai Chau
    Hit a ball around
    Kau Sai Chau
    If you’re more interested in a casual stroll than any serious hiking or biking, then a spot of golf might be what you’re after. Kau Sai Chau is the only public golf course in Hong Kong, and it's set dramatically on an island in Sai Kung with sweeping views of the South China Sea. There are actually three 18-hole courses here as well as a 60-bay driving range area and a golf shop. The backdrop is second to none, so don’t be surprised to find you’re sharing the course with all sorts of birdlife, as well as the odd barking deer!
    Kau Sai Chau, Sai Kung, New Territories
    +852 2791 3388
    How to Get There:
    MTR Choi Hung Station Exit C2, then take the minibus route 1A. MTR Hang Hau Station, then take the minibus route 101M. From Sai Kung Pier, board the golf course’s private boat to Kau Sai Chau. It’s about a 15-minute journey.

This guide was produced by HK Magazine Media Group from 2014-2015.

The Hong Kong Tourism Board disclaims any liability as to the quality or fitness for purpose of third party products and services; and makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy, adequacy or reliability of any information contained herein.

Information in this guide is subject to changes without advance notice. Please contact the relevant product or service providers for enquiries.

While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this guide, the Hong Kong Tourism Board and HK Magazine accept no responsibility for any obsolescence, errors or omissions contained herein.