Call it confluence of east and west or fusion of British and Chinese cultures or be in agreement with city’s own description that says it world city of Asia, whatever may be your opinion; it is not going to diminish the allures of this one of the major metropolitans in Asia. Get surprised by the ancient buildings, praise the architectural acumen of British architects at its colonial buildings or shop till you have spent last penny of your credit limit, the destination called Hong Kong throws various options your way. But if you are an outdoor enthusiast don’t think that this city is not for you as the city is elegantly decked with nature reserve, scintillating beaches, scrubby bush escarpments, rural settlements and mountains. Here we take a cursory look on what Hong Kong has to offers to outdoor enthusiasts.
Hong Kong, the city well known for its beauty and opulence is lined by sparkling beaches that adds to its natural beauty. At first glance it appears that Mother Nature is in competition with humans to make this city beautiful. So if you are not comfortable at nightclubs and bars you can sit idle at the sparkling beaches. Hung Shing Yeh Beach, Repulse Bay Beach, Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach and Kwun Yam Beach are major attractions. So try your hands in surfing or dive deep into the ocean the choice lies solely with you.
Green Hong Kong
Green spaces in city
You might get amazed to find cavernous parks and green spaces sharing space with commercial settlements. Here one can find locals practice tai chi, play chess or indulge in recreational activities. These Park with lush greenery becomes one with the beautiful surroundings. Kowloon Park with its Chinese Gardens and cobbled walkways is also frequented by the tourists. Situated within the confines of the city Victoria Park is often visited for its markets and lantern displays.
A lot has been said and written about the shopping and dining options of Hong Kong but flora and fauna around the city is largely overlooked. The city of Hong Kong prides itself for housing some marine parks and nature reserves that add variety to your tours. If coral and mangroves attract you then Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park could be an ideal place for you. Hong Kong Wetland Park can be an ideal haunt for those who are looking to explore flora and fauna of the sub tropical wetlands. Nature lovers visit Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden to take a sneak peek into its beautiful gardens, exotic animals and traces of bygone era.
Islands around Hong Kong
The islands around the city of Hong Kong are a complete turnaround from the city life. While the city remains abuzz with activities round the clock, the island remains calm. Lanatu Island with its elegant architecture, convivial ambience and enormous shopping option offers a welcome change from Hong Kong’s life. Lamma Island, Cheung Chau and Peng Chau should also be visited as it adds to your outdoor experience.
So if you are someone who thinks that Hong Kong is all about skyscrapers and shopping then you should visit the city again to find you are not far from greenery.
Jeff has been regular on flights to Hong Kong from London Heathrow for business and leisure. His recenty found that this metropolis even doesn’t lag behind in greenery.