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Sports in Hong Kong

Most people barely associate Hong Kong with particular achievements in sports. But did you know that the popular dragon boat racing originated there? Or that Hong Kong has won medals at Olympic Games? Sports in Hong Kong aren’t substandard at all – find out more, here!

Even if you are not planning on practicing for the Olympic Games and you prefer watching dragon boat races from the shore, there are plenty of possibilities for you to exercise and enjoy sports in Hong Kong. There are associations for almost all sports in Hong Kong – from athletics and swimming to every form of martial arts.

If you would rather go for a regular evening work-out, you can find numerous fitness centers and private clubs for practicing sports in Hong Kong.  Hong Kong also offers what might easily be the most scenic public golf courses you have ever seen.

Sports in Hong Kong: Sports Clubs

Your options to do sports in Hong Kong, on your own or together with others, are numerous. There are amateur associations for most sports, which will help you find a sports club or team close to your home. These associations include the South China Athletic Association, the Hong Kong Basketball Association, and the Hong Kong Hockey Association, amongst many others.  

Hong Kong’s excellent golfing facilities are usually only open to members of the related golf clubs. However, as a visitor, you might be allowed to play for an additional fee. Hong Kong’s public golf course was designed by Gary Player and is located off Sai Kung on the island of Kau Sai Chau, which offers very scenic views. The course has comprehensive club house facilities and an instruction center. It’s the perfect way to experience sports in Hong Kong!

Most of the clubs and associations mentioned above have offers for children as well as adults. Sports in Hong Kong also play a very important role in both local and international schools. In fact, the majority of schools usually have excellent sports grounds and a variety of teams and clubs.

Sports in Hong Kong: Outdoor Sports

Despite its high population density, Hong Kong is actually a paradise for outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, and fishing. There are four long-distance hiking trails on Hong Kong territory, ranging from 70 to 100 kilometers in total. The MacLehose Trail, Lantau Trail, Hong Kong Trail and Wilson Trail cover beautiful and scenic areas and are an ideal way to enjoy sports in Hong Kong.

There are many other shorter trails and spots waiting to be discovered, too, if you want to enjoy outdoor sports in Hong Kong. For more information on hiking and informal hiking groups, check out some of the following websites:

Hong Kong also has a lot to offer for rock climbers – professionals as well as amateurs. One of the most popular sites for rock climbing is Lion Rock, located between Kowloon Tong and Tai Wai in the New Territories. Check out the Hong Kong Climbing website for detailed information on climbing areas and a forum to exchange tips and experiences with the local rock climbing community.

For more relaxed outdoor sports in Hong Kong, why not try fishing. Since Hong Kong is surrounded by water, it is easy to find fishing spots all across the city. Fishing places such as Sai Kung and Lamma Island are especially recommended by locals.

In addition to the sheer endless possibilities for saltwater fishing, there are 17 freshwater reservoirs available all across the city, which are home to a variety of species. However, to fish in one of the freshwater reservoirs, you need to get a license from the Water Supplies Department.


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