Hong Kong does not necessarily have to be all city slickers and high-end living. It is in fact a great city to explore with your children. Here is The Expat's rapid-fire guide of some of the best things to do in the great outdoors with the family.
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.
Disneyland is probably pretty high up on most children's bucket list of 'things to do before I'm 14'! And a trip to the Hong Kong resort will not disappoint. The park has hotels set within the grounds of the vast complex for the ultimate experience (and expense), or tickets are available to visit as a day guest. The resort is divided up into seven zones that offer different themes and experiences. We have put together a comprehensive guide to visiting Disneyland, you can read more about the park here
The Peak is regarded as one of the main tourist destinations in Hong Kong, and is home to The Peak tram, which is the oldest mode of transport in the city, The Peak Tower which enables breath taking views over Hong Kong harbour and the city, restaurants, a Madame Tussauds, and shops. The journey up The Peak is worth it for the spectacular views over the Hong Kong skyline and the photo opportunities are second to none, but there is so much more to see than just the view. The Peak Tram is the easiest way to get there, and children will love it thanks to its Indiana Jones-esque climb up the hill, for the more active families you can also walk to the attractions located there.
Ngong Ping 360
This may well be a once in a lifetime experience with the children as the cable car ride up to the Big Buddha and Ngong Ping complex is delightful. You can choose to ride with others, in a private cab, or in a glass-bottomed car; not for the faint hearted but children are sure to love it. Prepare for some excellent views over Hong Kong, coupled with the spectacular Big Buddha that awaits you at the top. There is a rather large tourist complex, full to the brim with shops and restaurants. Children may like the novelty ice cream shop, where they can try black (sesame) ice cream.
Pink dolphin spotting
Pink dolphins are unique to Hong Kong and cannot be found anywhere else in the world. They are becoming increasingly rare due to pollution affecting their survival in the wild so take the chance to see them whilst you still can. The return boat ride out of Hong Kong harbour to their natural habitat can take up to 3 or 4 hours which may be a little much for some for children, but it is so worth it once you arrive. There are several tour operators that run trips out to see the dolphins, Ngong Ping 360 group offer a travel pass, which includes a cable car ride, a bus tour, and an excursion to see the dolphins offers good value and gives the children lots of activities to look forward to.
Ocean Park Hong Kong
This aquatic themed park often rivals Disney in terms of footfall and is a great option for a day out with children. You can get up close and personal with the animals, and there is good selection of shows and exhibitions which change regularly. Ocean Park has plenty of playgrounds for the children to let of steam and there are a few rides to suit all ages. The park is split over two sites that are connected by a cable car or a train ride; of course, the cable car is the most fun, but the train is quite an experience too!
Exploring Hong Kong with children is a great experience for all the family, spending time together, keeping busy, and discovering all the amazing sights Hong Kong has to offer.
We would love to hear what you have been getting up to with your children in Hong Kong- where do they love to go? Please share your experiences in the comment section below.
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I’m Lisa and I have travelled extensively across Asia for over 17 years, I have also worked and lived in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur.
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