An obvious activity for summer adventure seekers, camping is a wholesome and rewarding experience to embark on. Escape the crowds which populate the camping spots during high season, by heading out during these winter months. There’s an abundance of camping spots in Sai Kung to try, including beach paradise Ham Tin or the peaceful Long Ke for a DIY campers’ expedition (note: Ham Tin offers tent rental and has an on-site restaurant but Long Ke does not). Island getaways – only a boat ride away from Central – range from Nam Shan on Lantau to Sai Yuen Farm on Cheung Chau. It’s colder, quieter and you may even cross paths with some wildlife – what’s not to love?
Spending a day at Sai Kung is an activity in itself – and one of the best things to do in winter in Hong Kong. There’s so much to explore in the once little fishing village, now home to restaurants, bars and cultural heritage tours. If you’re not feeling a strenuous hiking day, the open-air sampans are an easier alternative, taking you to your choice of the nearby islands via boat. Head to the waterfront to find the chattering old ladies selling boat tickets to the different spots – Sharp Island and Trio Beach are particular highlights on our list to visit. Alternatively, try a tour which takes you across four destinations before arriving back into Sai Kung for a full days’ exploration. There is also an eco tour operator that offers guided tours.
The Peak is undeniably renowned for its top-of-the-trees view, yet if you head a little further up to Victoria Peak Gardens, an undiscovered (to some) spot awaits. Originally home to the Governor of Hong Kong’s Summer Residence, “Mountain Lodge”, the Chinese-style garden is dotted with patches of lush greenery – perfect for an indulgent picnic. Take out your prettiest picnic blanket and round up your favorite snacks here. Plus, dogs are welcome.
Mount Austin Road, The Peak.
When we say biking, we don’t mean that everyone is cut out for the intense mountainous regions. Luckily in Hong Kong, there are different trails suitable for all levels. Beginners can cycle straightforward routes in Cheung Chau or Tseung Kwan O Waterfront Promenade. Thrill seekers can ride Lantau’s southern coast, Chi Ma Wan, or Clearwater Bay’s High Junk Peak, which are sure to get the heart pumping. There are many other routes worth exploring depending on the views you’re craving.
New Territories houses an abundance of farms that serve organic fruits and vegetables – strawberries included. From mid-December to April, the strawberries are in season. Visitors can come and pick their juicy bundles as a family-friendly past time. Regions that offer this activity include Yuen Long (Fruitful Organic Farm, and Fanling (Rainbow Organic Strawberry Farm). It’s worth the trip, trust us!
Hong Kong’s top luxury and boutique hotels have pivoted their way through the “new norm” to offer local resident staycations with enticing offers. Being cooped up at home can be daunting, so perhaps a night or two away is what’s needed every now and then. From birthday celebrations at the Peninsula to dog-friendly stays at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, there’s something for everyone. Chinese New Year break, anyone?
While we love the outdoors, sometimes after a long week, a cozy night in is the most well-deserved activity. The colder months mean blankets, hot chocolates and fluffy slippers, all of which can be attained at home. Wrap up with a warm duvet and line up the best movies on your watchlist – we’re staying in.