Nature is one of the 100 reasons to miss Hong Kong.
Though it may be famous for its gastronomic scene, Hong Kong has a lot more to offer when it comes to outdoor activities.
These days, modern travel trends have evolved to feature more wellness, nature and sustainable experiences, particularly in this Covid-19 era.
Surrounded by thick forests, the glassy surface of Lau Shui Heung Reservoir in Tai Po is especially stunning on a clear, windless day.
If you were to visit during the colder months, you will get to enjoy a colourful autumn foliage as the cypress leaves transition from yellow to burnt orange.
You can also observe the white-flower derris which is a vine that crawls up tree trunks, and snap many Instagram-worthy photos.
Another interesting must-visit outdoor destination is none other than the famous Dragon’s Back.
Named for its winding path along the mountain peak, you can catch the stunning views of Hong Kong and its coastline.
The classic trail opens up to mountain ridges, hidden forests, and alternative view of the idyllic rural landscapes that will leave you breathless and in awe, for all the good reasons.
Is nature calling on you to rediscover its beauty?
Then you should join the calming excursions offered by Kembali.
With the tagline Return to Nature, Return to Yourself, it’s a service that guides guests on nature and forest therapy walks, which usually take place in the unspoiled woodlands of Tai Tam Country Park, Plover Cove Reservoir or Sai Kung – with the aim to support emotional development and self-awareness, and forge a deeper relationship with nature.
“This city is so full of contrasts – the urban and the countryside, the new and the old, the East and the West, ” says Kembali founder Jasmine Nunns. (Watch a video interview with her here.)
“It's a city that makes it really accessible for people to completely immerse themselves in a wild space, and I love that about Hong Kong.
“I also love the Geopark, visiting these caves and learning about the ancient history of the volcanoes that formed Hong Kong 140 million years ago. It reminds us that we’re not just a city built from concrete; we’re built on ancient rock.”
Saiyuen Camping & Adventure Park on Cheung Chau offers themed camping facilities and plenty of outdoor activities.
Ever wanted to spend a night under the stars but don’t necessarily want to cramp in a small tent?
Combining the joys of camping with the comforts of a hotel, glamping offers the best of both worlds.
Sleep under the stars in a quirky bubble tent in Saiyuen Camping & Adventure Park on the island of Cheung Chau and enjoy a range of family-friendly fun.
This outdoor playground sprawls across 4.5ha with your choice of accommodation, from Mongolian-inspired gers (also known as yurts) to safari-style tents and even teepees.
During the day, you can explore the island, take a tree canopy walk, try your hand at archery, or kick it with a game of bubble soccer.
Another way to dive into Hong Kong’s rich maritime history is by visiting an oyster farm.
For over 700 years, oyster farmers in Hong Kong have cultivated this tiny mollusk, both for consumption (Hongkongers often use dried oysters in cooking) and to promote stable, healthy marine conditions.
With immersive day trips by local tour companies to the west coast of the New Territories, you’ll visit an organic farm, an authentic fishing village, and Lau Fau Shan Seafood Street (home to nearby shellfish farms) to see how Hong Kong oysters are cultivated.
Now that you’re excited about travelling again, the big question on everyone’s mind is: Will it be safe to travel when the time comes?
As Covid-19 still poses a huge threat to many, the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) in partnership with Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency (HKQAA) – one of the leading conformity assessment bodies in the territory – have launched a standardised hygiene protocol to assure visitors of a safe and healthy stay.
Aimed to provide a unified set of guidelines on hygiene and anti-epidemic measures for tourism-related industries that customers and visitors can easily recognise and understand, this protocol will also help to better prepare Hong Kong for the resumption of inbound travel.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has brought a new normal to the tourism landscape, and public health and safety have become a priority for visitors, ” says HKTB chairman Dr Pang Yiu-kai.
“However, more than 1,800 businesses and outlets have expressed interest in the protocol when the HKTB consulted its trade partners.
“The HKTB will strengthen its promotion of anti-epidemic measures taken by the tourism industry and related sectors to establish a healthy and safe tourism image for Hong Kong and to bolster visitors’ confidence in travelling to Hong Kong.”
The protocol will cover shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, retail stores, coach companies, tourism attractions, travel agencies and more.
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