Among the neighbourhoods, the Gold Coast is a highlight. Built in the 1990s, this private resort-like development includes the 545-metre-long Golden Beach (the first artificial beach constructed in Hong Kong), a resort hotel, shopping complex, marina, yacht and country club, waterfront dining and 20 residential buildings offering a seaside lifestyle and modern convenience. In recent years, the area has hosted annual boat and vintage car shows, which attract curious onlookers and aficionados from near and far.
The development has a Mediterranean-Asian atmosphere, with buildings the colour of sunshine, arched windows and tropical greenery. Walking along, you’ll find restaurants offering everything from kebabs and sushi to dim sum and desserts; on weekends, there are clowns, balloon artists and inflatable slides for children to enjoy, plus seasonal bazaars.
Amy Wong is one such Hongkonger who keeps returning. “The Gold Coast has seen a lot of changes over the years, but we keep coming back because it feels like a beach holiday every time,” she says. Although her children have grown up, the area still holds a special place in her heart. “I used to take my daughter here when she was around five,” Wong reminisces, “we had a caricature of us drawn at the Piazza, which I’ve kept to this day as one of our most treasured memories.”
If you prefer trees and grass to sand and sea, the Tuen Mun Trail boasts stunning views that are worth hauling your camera for. This relatively easy hike is about four hours long and starts from MTR Pui To Light Rail Station, taking you through two reservoirs before finishing at Nai Wai Light Rail Station. Forty five minutes from the starting point, you’ll reach Lam Tei Irrigation Reservoir, where the tranquil waters, trees and skies merge to form one harmonious picture. Hung Shui Hang Irrigation Reservoir, the second in the trail, shimmers an even more vivid shade of emerald. If you want to make a full day of it, bring some supplies and set up at the Fu Tei Barbecue Area before hitting the trails.
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