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Summer Thrills In Hong Kong That Are Easy On Your Pocket

Yash Melwani | July 27, 2017

Hong Kong  Travel  

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On the days where you can look past the smog, you’ll realize that Hong Kong is actually quite a special city. The concrete jungle we all know, and love, has a lot to offer all year around- especially when the sun comes out! It’s so easy to get immersed in the food and shopping culture in our treasured metropolis. If you’re finding yourself cash strapped, why don’t you let me help improve your summer with some unique, non-wallet-draining suggestions friendly for all:

1. Dragon’s Back hike – One of the best hikes in Hong Kong

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
– Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

 

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Is it just me or is that quote all the more relevant to the always busy city of Hong Kong? With the eventful lives led by the many that live here, it’s often hard to forget about the beauty of life or even the beauty offered here. Go hike the beautifulDragons Backand trust me, you’ll remember it all, and more.

How to get there: Walk from MTR Shau Kei Wan Station Exit A to Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus. Take Bus 9 or the minibus with sign ‘Shek O’ next to the bus terminus. Alight at ToTei Wan, Shek O Road.

Cost: Free! (Except for transport)

Recommendations: Bring sunscreen, water, and snacks. Depart early in the morning for optimal views.

2. Sai Wan Rock Pools – A scenic swimming spot

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Polluted waters aren’t the best for swimming in. Venture out to Sai Wan for a refreshing day swimming around in clear waters.

Tucked away deep in the New Territories, the scenic rock pools offer you a day full of fun, and swimming in a cove that Mother Nature clearly took time to make as beautiful as possible.

How to get there: From Sai Kung town, take a taxi to the Sai Wan Pavilion, or alternatively take the 29R Minibus from outside the McDonald’s. Once alighting follow the signs that read Sai Wan, you will reach after about a nice 40-minute stroll. Walk down the length of the beach to where you see the river coming out.

Cost: Free! (Except transport, and lunch if desired on Sai Wan beach)

Recommendations: Live life a little, cliff dive! Bring water and sunscreen. Depart early in the day to maximize your fun.

3. SummerFest 2017 – An energetic festival for everyone

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Three core elements: action, social, and lifestyle are brought to you by Central Venue Management at this year’s SummerFest at Central Harbour Front.

Why not step away from your daily mundane life to participate in a unique ukulele festival, an intense neon sports carnival, or even a family fiesta for all! These 3 activities amongst many others are brought to you free, for this summer only!

More information: https://www.summerfest-centralharbourfront.hk/

How to get there: Take the Star Ferry to Central and walk towards the left after disembarking. Approximately 1-minute walking distance. Alternatively,

Cost: Free! (Except for transport)

Recommendations: Check out the long list of activities and enjoy the fun!

4. Nan Lian Garden – Step back in time in this Tang Dynasty inspired garden

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Being as modernized as it is, I’m sure we all often forget that Hong Kong is graced with so much history and culture. Visit the Nan Lian Garden for an immensely traditional experience.

This spectacular garden is a Chinese Classical Garden, designed in the Tang Dynasty-style with some amazing sights that you need to visit for a brand new outlook on Hong Kong.

How to get there: Entrance to garden is about 5-minute walk from exit C2 Diamond Hill, there are direction signs from the station exit.

Cost: Free! (Except for transport, restaurants in garden)

Thank you for reading and I hope I dazzled your day (or a day to come) on this fine summer!

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Yash Melwani

Yash Melwani is a passionate advocate for the simple luxuries of life. His interests lie in striking places, activities, and hobbies. He aims to share with you his insight of an optimized lifestyle, to make life a little bit more exciting and extravagant. Other articles by this author

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