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Hills and thrills
A blast from the past
Cycling through urban landscapes
Cycling is a great family activity at the weekends, especially in Sha Tin. With a flat route and convenient bicycle rental spots, a smooth ride is guaranteed. Start off at Shing Mun River, ride along the breathtaking coastline of Tolo Harbour, then finish off at Tai Mei Tuk just in time for a stunning sunset. This easy route makes an ideal day trip for the whole family.
Average cycling time: 2.5 hours
Distance: about 22 km
Cycling around the New Territories is a great way to soak up the beauty of nature. Pedal along the Tuen Mun to Sha Tin cycle track as you take in spectacular views of the wetlands, Pat Sin Leng mountain range and Tolo Harbour. You will also pass by many ancient temples and monuments drenched in history, such as Hau Kok Tin Hau Temple and Tsang Tai Uk.
Average cycling time: 6 hours
Distance: about 55 km
The Yuen Long to Tuen Mun cycling route is located in the New Territories. Starting from Yuen Long city centre, the cycling route offers a picturesque view while tracing through the urban landscapes. Stop by the Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery to take a peek into the old Hong Kong village life and rich cultural heritage. Butterfly Beach, where the route ends, is also a great place to unwind during the weekends.
Average cycling time: 3 hours
Distance: about 14 km
Home to the Xiqu Centre, M+ and Hong Kong Palace Museum, West Kowloon Cultural District is a popular cultural destination for a day out. The little oasis has it all: promenade paths, grass patches for picnics and bike rentals for exploring the park freely. Enjoy the sunset from this front-row seat overlooking Victoria Harbour.
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Cheung Chau has always been a top destination for locals to blow off steam during the weekends. Many bike rental shops are located along the waterfront. There is plenty to see as you cycle around the island. Experience the island’s timeless charm on two wheels while visiting Pak Tai Temple and Cheung Po Tsai Cave at sunset and learn about its history as a fishing village. You’ll also find many hip boutiques opened by young people who moved to the island in search of a more laid-back lifestyle.
Located next to Hong Kong Disneyland, the Inspiration Lake is a one-stop shop for family fun. In addition to having a picnic on the grass, families can cycle along the lake while taking in the stunning views. Apart from bikes, you can also rent a paddle boat to cruise around the beautiful destination.