Kowloon Tong Neighbourhood Guide: Hong Kong’s Premium School and Residential District

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A prime neighbourhood in Kowloon spanning both the Kowloon City and Sham Shui Po districts, Kowloon Tong was developed as a leafy, low-density residential area in the 1920s, as a salve for the cramped high rise living on Hong Kong Island. It’s steadily become one of the wealthiest residential districts in Hong Kong. You’ll find plenty of luxurious free-standing houses and townhouses all around the area, and amongst them, a full range of prestigious schools from kindergartens all the way to universities, some of which have a rich history dating back to WWII.

Kowloon Tong MTR station takes you to Kowloon’s bustling shopping districts (such as Tsim Sha Tsui) to the south; and to the New Territories in the north, all within 20 minutes. Located along the East Rail Line, Kowloon Tong is also a useful interchange station that leads all the way towards the border of mainland China, making it a good choice for those who wish to remain close to the city, but are also frequent travellers to Shenzhen or Guangzhou.

Education

Kowloon Tong has long been the dream residential location specifically for families with young children, as it remains to be Hong Kong’s finest school district. Due to the allocation systems of first-year primary school admissions, children living within the same area of the school get an overall higher chance of acceptance, which drives many to reside in the area with the sole purpose of being within the particular school net.

Some of the most elite institutions within the area include Maryknoll Convent School for girls and La Salle College for boys (both with primary and secondary school divisions). There are also kindergartens including Kentville Kindergarten and Cannan Kindergarten, universities such as Hong Kong Baptist University, along with American, Australian and a range of other international schools.

Residences to know

As an upscale, low-density residential area, there is no shortage of luxury homes in Kowloon Tong, which range from large detached houses to gated communities, protected heritage villas and a mix of both modern and Colonial era low-rise buildings. These are spread across enclaves of low-rise luxury apartments along La Salle Road (bordering Ho Man Tin district); Yau Yat Tsuen to the east, and Beacon Hill and Broadcast Drive to the north and northeast.

Prices for Kowloon Tong homes can range from HK$7.75 million for a 287 sq.ft. starter flat to an opulent 5,767 sq.ft. villa priced at HK$230 million.

To get a better picture of the more well known residences in the area, a recent listing of a 2,004 sq.ft. duplex four-bedroom apartment unit at One Beacon Hill, featuring a private outdoor space, was priced at HK$78 million, whereas another 2,190sq. ft. four-bedroom unit in the same development, with a balcony and roof top, has also just been listed with an asking price of HK$118 million. Meanwhile, a 1,674sq.ft. five-bedroom unit with a walk-in closet in the master suite will cost you HK$65 million.

One very important thing to factor into your decision of where to live is that while both One Beacon Hill and Mount Beacon are both located in Kowloon Tong, only the former counts as within the Kowloon City school network (no. 41), which is where all previously mentioned top-tier schools are listed.

What to See & Do

Festival Walk

Apart from its school offerings, Kowloon Tong also boasts a great set of supporting facilities from private hospitals to shopping malls. The large-scale Festival Walk shopping mall was developed in the 1990s, and offers 200 retail and restaurant outlets in the upper-mass sector — such as Longchamp, Max & Co., Simplylife, Greyhound, Coffee Academics, Cova — complete with one of the city’s largest ice rinks and a cinema.

Kowloon Tong Club

The members-only Kowloon Tong Club is located on Waterloo Road, and was established in 1935 to provide residents with a place to socialise over leisure and recreational activities from badminton to billiards, tennis, lawn bowling and more. The club continues to thrives today with over 2,299 members. Like most elite members club, those who wishes to be part of its community will have to apply through an existing member that holds special voting rights.

Kowloon Tsai Park

A more economical alternative is the Kowloon Tsai Park, which is situated at Inverness Road, Kowloon City, for public use since 1964. The government-owned park spans an area of 11.66 hectares, and features multiple outdoor facilities including swimming pool, basketball court, soccer pitch, dog park, sports ground, jogging track and more. Visitors are encourage to check out the Bauhinia Garden, where you’ll find over 120 Bauhinia trees all blossoming in a sea of beautiful magenta shades during its flowering period, which is typically from September to June — a popular time for outdoor weddings at the venue.

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Kennedy Town Neighbourhood Guide: Hong Kong’s Seaside Suburb

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For a long time, Kennedy Town’s seaside locale and its distance from the city’s major commercial hubs without convenient transportation links have given it the character of a sleepy fisherman’s suburb. Kennedy Town is at the end of the tramline running along Hong Kong Island, and previously only reachable via car or bus.

But since the MTR was introduced in 2014, the area has been fast gentrifying, with old vehicle repair shops and local greasy spoons making way for luxury high-rises and upmarket bars and restaurants. Still, the area retains its charm and affordability with a mix of old walk-up properties and street-level shopping. At the same time, it has also been attracting scores of young couples, families and foreigners who love the stylish new pads and remodeled loft-style abodes.

With its proximity to various prestigious schools in and around the Central and Western District — particularly bilingual or international schools such as Island Waldorf School, Harbour School, Kennedy School, not to mention the University of Hong Kong, this western district on Hong Kong Island has been particularly popular for growing families and older students alike.

Residences to Know

With many apartment buildings practically at arm’s reach to the waterfront, Kennedy Town’s residences often boast of sea views and are typically equipped with harbour-facing balconies. 

The Merton (Image credit: Wiki Commons)

Located in the six-block radius of the town centre and just minutes’ away from the MTR, one of the most well-known residences in Kennedy Town is none other than The Merton, a three-phase luxury high-rise complex built by New World Development in 2005, with units ranging from 276-802 sq.ft. Just two minutes’ walk away is Cadogan, one of the area’s newest and most stylishly appointed apartments completed in 2014, featuring small to mid-sized homes from 346-911 sq.ft. Close by is Manhattan Heights, completed in 2000 with also small to mid-sized homes spanning 434-714 sq.ft. Part of the property is operated as serviced apartments.

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Larger families will want to head outwards from the town centre in favour of more space. The Belcher’s is a popular choice: Shun Tak Property Management’s longstanding six-building complex was completed between 2000 and 2001, and comprises 2,213 units ranging from over 800 to more than 3,300 sq.ft. For added convenience, it’s attached to Westwood Mall, which provides various eateries and shops for day to day necessities. Harbour One is also popular with tenants looking to stretch their legs, with apartments ranging 662–2,624 sq.ft. and equipped with well-appointed amenities, including an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

With modest apartment sizes ranging 285-323 sq.ft., millennials and young couples may prefer to flock to the stylish surroundings and conveniences of Eight South Lane. It’s one of the newest residences in the area, completed in 2015, and is just steps away from the HKU MTR station.

Over at the western cusp of Kennedy Town you’ll find The Sail at Victoria, a single-building luxury property by Hongkong Land, one of Hong Kong’s most highly regarded property developers, built in 2009. 

With a mix of residences new and old and of various sizes — from studio apartments to four-bedroom family abodes, older structures to lavish developments built in the last five years, Kennedy Town properties can fetch selling prices between HK$4–20 million, while rents can range from HK$6.2k to just over the HK$100k mark a month.

Where to Eat & Drink

% Arabica

Arabica’s Kyoto flagship was founded by coffee enthusiast Kenneth Shoji, world latte art champion Junichi Yamaguchi and architect Masaki Kato. Rapidly expanding throughout the region, it’s considered one of the most stylish coffee shop chains in Hong Kong. This two-storey Kennedy Town location boasts sea views and ample space to lounge to go with winning brews.

% Arabica (Kennedy Town), Shop 4, G/F, Grand Fortune Mansion, 1 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, +852 2326 4578

Alvy’s

Alvy’s is a neighbourhood taproom by local brewery Young Master. Craft beer aficionados who want to pair their local tipple with a New York-style slice will want to make a beeline for this charming tavern. The pies here are made in-house with brewer’s yeast, perfectly paired with one of the refreshing seasonal brews.

Alvy’s, 8 Holland Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, +852 2312 2996

Bistro Du Vin

Living in the heart of Kennedy Town can be encapsulated with experiences like this — charming neighbourhood eateries that offer that certain je ne sais quoi and can satisfy cravings easily on any day of the week without breaking the bank. Bistro Du Vin is a friendly bistro serving up familiar provincial French dishes — think coq au vin or escargots on bone marrow — that are perfect for sharing with loved ones.

Bistro Du Vin, Shop 1D, Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, +852 2824 3010

Little Creatures

Kennedy Town locals love a waterfront stroll at the New Praya, and one of the quintessential pit stops would be Little Creatures. Hailing from Fremont, Australia, this craft brewery set up shop in a former sugar and flour factory space, boasting high loft ceilings and an airy, convivial atmosphere to taste test some excellent new brews — all made in-house.

Little Creatures, 5A New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, +852 2833 5611

What to See & Do

Instagram Pier

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Originally a cargo dock, this strip of industrial land by the sea is a motherlode of Instagrammable backdrops featuring Victoria Harbour — hence its playful moniker. On the weekend, you’ll catch young couples and friends, dog owners and keen anglers spread out about the quay, selfie sticks (or fishing rods) in hand. Head here if you’re looking to snap your next handsome new profile photo. It’s also a fantastic spot to catch the sunset. 

Western District Public Cargo Working Area, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong

Wheat and Wood

If you’ve got a few hours to while away on an afternoon or evening, head over to Wheat and Wood, Kennedy Town’s thriving board games bar for a strategic game or three. Test your wits with games such as Articulate!, fool your friends and foes with Avalon, or settle down for a round of Monopoly — or pick from dozens more on their ever-growing shelf.

Wheat and Wood, Shop 6, G/F, Brilliant Court, 28 Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong +852 2399 0433

Lo Pan Temple

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A Chinese temple dedicated to the patron saint of carpenters, builders and contractors, Lo Pan. First built in 1884, Lo Pan temple is listed as a Grade I historic building in Hong Kong and is also part of the Central and Western Heritage Trail. The building sees significant celebrations during the 13th day of the sixth lunar month each year — also known as Lo Pan’s birthday. Those belonging to the construction industry flock here to pay their respects and pray for success and safe work in the coming year.

Lo Pan Temple, 15 Ching Lin Terrace, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong

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When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. She covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.

Neighbourhood Look: The Best Areas to Buy in New York

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According to data released by US real estate investment firm CBRE last April, New York City — to no one’s surprise — remains one of the 10 priciest markets for residential property worldwide.

Undoubtedly, there are an array of challenges (e.g. complicated state and federal tax rules, over-leveraging) affiliated with the ‘City that Never Sleeps’ but the good news is that the median sales price has grown steadily over the past decade. (For context: last November, the average New York home sold for US$670,000, 50 percent more than what buyers would have been willing to part with just 9 years ago.)

So yes, if you’re thinking of buying a new pied-à-terre sometime in 2020, chances are you’ll still be doing so in a seller’s market. That said, assuming the current climate doesn’t have you spooked, we’ve put together a quick primer featuring five of the best areas to buy in New York, with an eye toward neighbourhoods which balance capital gain potential with a solid quality-of-life.

Lower Manhattan

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If cost is no object then a reliable medium-term profit is all but assured when looking in the Financial District — since 2019, the median sale price has risen 70 percent to total about US$1.4 million. As you’d expect, Manhattan’s nerve centre is also a hot bed for new luxury residences. The iconic offices at One Wall Street are nearing the end of a blockbuster transformation which will see them turned into 566 condominiums, whereas architect David Adjaye’s imposing William Street high-rise is expected to make its highly anticipated launch later this summer. Rejuvenation appears to be a consistent trend throughout the area: at 25 Park Row, formerly the site of J&R Music, 110 palatial apartments that offer sweeping views of City Hall Park are also nearing completion.

Long Island City

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Located along the western extremity of Queens, Long Island City isn’t coveted with the same breathlessness as most major Brooklyn and Manhattan-centred neighbourhoods. However, local residents have long favoured the former industrial area because of its relative remoteness from the commotion of Midtown. Investors are also closely monitoring growth potential: since 2010, median house prices have climbed 53 percent; and the area is poised to receive the lion’s share of fresh New York developments this year. A pair of residential towers at 22-44 Jackson Avenue are the main attraction. Built (somewhat controversially) atop the foundation of the 5Pointz mural space, this complex will introduce over 1,000 new condominiums into the neighbourhood. Good proximity to over-ground rail networks is likely to drive up the development’s desirability once it opens later this year.

East Harlem

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Investors who are up for a little risk and long-term growth potential would do well to direct their attention towards Harlem. Rezoning efforts in 2017 have put a number of projects in forward (albeit slow-trundling) motion: with ‘6’ train and ‘Q’ metro lines predicted to extend into the neighbourhood over the next decade. Three more stations are also planned by 2029. On 146 East 126th Street, Bjarke Ingels’s 11-storey residential project — colloquially dubbed ‘The Smile’ — is a portent of things to come: a cheerful, futuristic exterior that channels the whimsical, adult-playground energy of its interior spaces.

Bedford-Stuyvesant

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If the Brooklyn brownstone is the structural archetype which most tickles your fancy, then Bed-Stuy will necessarily be where your research begins. As the result of a 2012 rezoning, residential developments here tend to conform to historic urban planning norms — a pleasant peculiarity in a city obsessed with ever-glitzier reinventions. Most developments comprise less than a dozen apartments, and it’s a rare thing to see any freestanding build in the neighbourhood that’s taller than 10 storeys. In 2019, the median asking price clocked in at US$1.2 million, and while that’s not the kind of dramatic gain you’d see if you’d invested in, say, Red Hook 10 years back, it’s indicative of more sustainable and accessible growth. Plus: a place where you and your loved ones might actually enjoy living.

Downtown Brooklyn

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Brooklyn’s vertical cityscape has changed immensely over the past half-decade. At various times, all of the city’s big development cartels have battled to build ‘Brooklyn’s tallest condo’, with the current titleholder being Extell’s Brooklyn Point: a 483-condo skyscraper located at 138 Willoughby Street. The project is endemic of the critical mass that the neighbourhood is reaching, in terms of gentrification. With Brooklyn Point comes a procession of similarly timed openings, including new department stores, food halls and the city’s latest Alamo Drafthouse (a chain of boutique cinemas originally from Texas). Rising rentals brought on by the influx of these yuppie-friendly businesses are guaranteed to enrage ‘real’ New Yorkers, but assuming you’re an itinerant landlord, the news remains, for the time being, good.

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Sai Kung Neighbourhood Guide: Living in the City’s Green Lung

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Thinking of living and investing in Sai Kung? Here’s the lay of the land.

A Hongkonger’s favourite when it comes to weekend outings and an area best known for its prolific hiking trails, beaches and opportunities to get out on the water, Sai Kung is the place to live if you have a strong affinity for the city’s green lung, just 30 minutes’ drive from the city centre. Whether if you prefer sleepy village hamlets or the elegant new residences that are defining the area, Sai Kung gives off a relaxed small-town feel, balancing its bustling town centre and famous seafood street with plenty of green spaces and community businesses.

Residences to know 

133 Portofino

Slated for completion by mid-2020, Sino Land’s upcoming development 133 Portofino on 133 Hong Kin Road stands on one of Sai Kung’s most exclusive plots of land, overlooking Hebe Haven and Sai Kung Bay on both sides. Impeccable sea views are naturally the draw here looking out on the stunning aquamarine bay. The property comprises seven five-storey houses and 26 condo units ranging from 704 to 3,491 sq. ft. 

133 Portofino, 133 Hong Kin Road, Sai Kung

The Mediterranean

In the same vein as its aspirational moniker, Sino residential development The Mediterranean is all about the sunny seaside lifestyle of our Continental counterparts. The complex’s wow-worthy swimming pool may create a lofty impression, though the four-block, 297-unit apartment complex comprises mainly small to medium homes, ranging from about 500 to 1,100 sq. ft. At the same time, there are also 52 special units — 35 come with gardens and 13 with rooftops — and four ultra-luxe homes for those seeking a cut above the rest.

The Mediterranean, 8 Tai Mong Tsai Road, Sai Kung

Mount Pavilia

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New World Development’s stunning residential project Mount Pavilia lies on the cusp of Clear Water Bay and Sai Kung, and like the group’s other properties, prizes art and culture in its thoughtfully considered surrounds. Billed as a residential sculpture park, the property features 680 units, ranging from flats in low-density apartment blocks up to a penthouse triplex, interspersed with pieces by Tatiana Trouvé, Gao Weigang and more. There’s also an art museum Chi Art Space regularly exhibiting world class pieces, and St Barts, a sunny cafe popular for brunch that’s open to visitors and residents alike.

Mount Pavilia, 63 Clearwater Bay Road, Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong

Where to Eat & Drink

Chuen Kee

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Sai Kung’s waterfront promenade bombards you with seafood restaurants and touts for sampan and kaito rides at every turn, but you definitely can’t miss Chuen Kee, a monolithic seafood institution recognised in the Michelin Guide for 11 years in a row. Widely successful with two massive family-run branches, take your pick from one with alfresco seating or a quieter venue further south. But at either, you’ll want to pick your meal from the tank, with a wide and lively selection of seafood — from lobster and leviathan-scaled garoupa to bivalves and crustaceans. Don’t miss the mantis shrimp fried with peppered salt.

Chuen Kee, 53 Hoi Pong Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 2791 1195

Sing Kee

Being awarded the Michelin star for four consecutive years since 2015, Sing Kee is a popular choice for exceptional Cantonese seafood, a red cottage tucked into the side roads of Sai Kung town. But by no means has the eatery been resting on its laurels — particularly skilled at various abalone dishes and age-old recipes, Sing Kee is still as popular as ever whether by word of mouth or from its media limelight. For something other than seafood, don’t sleep on the spectacular crispy chicken.

Sing Kee (website in Cantonese), 39 Sai Kung Tai Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 2791 9887

Loaf On

Looking for classic Cantonese seafood with a twist? Head to Loaf On, currently the only restaurant in Sai Kung that holds an esteemed Michelin Star for 2020. Elegant, bright surrounds meet well executed recipes that play to the freshness of the seafood. Don’t miss the popular black pepper crispy chicken, which needs to be pre-ordered at the time of reservation.

Loaf On, 49 See Cheung Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 2792 9966

Little Cove

If you’re hoping for something other than seafood to sate your appetite after a long day of exploring Sai Kung town, this Instagrammable nook on the side of the Sai Kung waterfront promenade dishes up gorgeous plates of Aussie-style brunch and excellent coffees. When the weather gets hot, grab a bench at its dog-friendly alfresco picnic tables for an icy acai bowl or a few chilled beers.

Little Cove, Sai Kung Town Villa Block A, Siu Yat Building Block A, Shop 1&2, G/F, Sai Kung Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 9572 8560

One-ThirtyOne

A French fine dine mainstay tucked in a colonial-style building in Tseng Tau Village, One-ThirtyOne was opened by European cuisine enthusiast chef Gary Cheuk. Offering a four-course lunch and six-course dinner menu that changes monthly, the restaurant uses fresh organic produce from its neighbouring farm where it can. With its romantic atmosphere, the restaurant is a perfect place for special dates and celebrations, particularly weddings.

One-ThirtyOne, 131 Tseng Tau Village, Shap Sze Heung, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 2791 2684

Ali Oli Bakery

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An institution for fresh-baked European-style breads and pastries since 1986, Ali Oli Bakery is the expert you’ll want to turn to when you’re looking to carb-load with a discerning palate. Think fresh rolls, baguettes meet shiny glazed tarts and pies — they also do event catering and celebration cakes by order. The deli counter is also a great place to shop for homemade pates, sauces and oils to go along with your bread.

Ali Oli Bakery, G/F, 11 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 2792 2655

Tiki Tiki Bowling Bar

Not your average bowling alley, the Tiki Tiki Bowling Bar is Sai Kung’s whimsical gathering place for families, friends and couples alike. With its playful Polynesian theme, 10 professional hardwood Brunswick lanes, live music, fun cocktails, live music and UV lights, it’s the ultimate venue for parties and social gatherings.

Tiki Tiki Bowling Bar, 4/F, Centro, 1A Chui Tong Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 2657 8488

Momentai Bar & Restaurant

A buzzing, open-air space along the Sai Kung Waterfront, Momentai exudes a relaxed, beachy vibe (if it isn’t already apparent in the name — ‘mo men tai’ means ‘no problem’ in Cantonese) with its sunny interiors, billowing draped ceiling and pool tables. Kick back and settle in for an afternoon of people-watching with its well considered list of local craft beers.

Momentai Bar & Restaurant, Kiosk 1 Waterfront, Wai Man Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 2792 8991

Padstow Restaurant & Bar

Formerly the beloved Hebe 101, a fresh lick of sky blue paint and a rebrand has transformed the former watering hole to a convivial family-friendly British diner under the folks behind Kennedy Town’s Shoreditch. If you’re craving British pub grub, this is the place: Padstow’s is popular for its Sunday roasts, fish and chips and classic pies.

Padstow Restaurant & Bar, 112 Pak Sha Wan, Sai Kung, +852 2335 5515

What to See & Do

Hebe Haven Yacht Club

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Built in 1963, the Hebe Haven Yacht Club prides itself on its friendly, relaxed atmosphere, and is one of few mooring facilities in Hong Kong especially popular with sailing and watersports enthusiasts. Boasting a busy racing calendar throughout the year, the Club’s biggest events include the 24-hour charity dinghy race and the Typhoon Series, the largest summer regatta in Hong Kong.

Hebe Haven Yacht Club, Hiram’s Highway, +852 2719 9682

Half Moon Bay (Hap Mun Bay)

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Along the Sai Kung promenade you’ll find touts that will offer a quick zip by sampan or kaito ferry to a number of outlying islands dotted across the Sai Kung coast. One popular destination is Hap Mun Bay, also known as Half Moon Bay, named after the pristine beach’s crescent shape. Located on the southern tip of Sharp Island, Hap Mun Bay boasts some of the cleanest waters in Hong Kong (and regularly awarded so), and is equally enjoyed as a barbecue and picnic site as well as for sunbathing and swimming. Hike up to the rocky shores up along Sharp Island for a ferry back to Sai Kung. More information here.

Hap Mun Bay, Sharp Island, Sai Kung, Hong Kong

Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark

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Sai Kung is home to some incredible rock formations thanks to volcanic activity in the area 140 million years ago. Whether you’re a geology buff or not, they are impressive: learn more from the Hong Kong UNESCO Geopark Volcano Discovery Centre located at the Sai Kung Waterfront Park to sign up for land excursions, while several boat tours are available from Sai Kung pier. Keen thrillseekers can also deem to explore the towering column formations up close by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. More information here.

Hong Kong Space Museum Astropark

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Located in the Chong Hing Water Sports Centre at High Island Reservoir, the Hong Kong Astropark is an open air park with stargazing facilities for you to admire the night sky at its full glory — a rarity in the concrete jungle that is Hong Kong. It’s best to head there by public transport or taxi, or you can also apply for a vehicle license to access the park.

More information here.

Hong Kong Golf and Tennis Academy

Looking to improve your swing? Your backhand, perhaps? The Hong Kong Golf and Tennis Academy is the first of its kind in the city, combining the coaching methods by Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf and Barcelona’s Bruguera Tennis Academy under one roof. Patrons can make the most of a driving range and six-hole training green, or a state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor tennis facility, on top of high-tech equipment and coaching that will help you scientifically improve your playing. Guests can also book in for overnight retreats or treat themselves to a spa session after a long hard day of training.

Hong Kong Golf and Tennis Academy, 81 Tai Chung Hau, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 3187 8900

Evelyn Lok
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. She covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.