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Your guide to family days out in Hong Kong

Whether you spent your Christmas break in Hong Kong or flew the coop for a real winter wonderland, you’ll hopefully be greeting the New Year head on, feeling refreshed and recharged. With the new school term soon to start and many parents already back at work, family time is set to become all the more precious. To ensure weekends are well spent, plan a fun day out for the whole family. You’d be surprised what Hong Kong holds in store…

 

Life in the slow lane

Hong Kong can be overwhelming at the best of times, with its fast-paced living and frenetic energy. At times like these, getting away from the concrete jungle proves to be just what the doctor ordered. For a day-trip out to Hong Kong’s far-reaching corners, plan a visit to one of the city’s pick your own fruit and vegetable farms. If you’re looking for something a little closer to home, the island boasts an array of flora and fauna at the Zoological and Botanical Gardens.

 

The great outdoors

Getting out and staying active is by no means an impossible feat in the city. Hong Kong boasts a number of indoor fitness facilities for kids and adults alike, but the Sai Kung Peninsula is a virtual outdoor playground. The area is home to the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, which offers unique landscapes to explore, as well as the chance to hike, swim and kayak in one of Hong Kong’s far-flung locations.

 

Survival of the fittest

The Outward Bound adventure association (a popular choice among school camps and corporate team development outings) runs a range of programmes for individuals and families, covering everything from survival skills to outdoor awareness and more. These range from locally-based camps at their Sai Kung facility to sailing trips to Taiwan. 2018 adventures are available for booking on a first come, first serve basis.

 

All the fun of the fair

While you may have the best of intentions, sometimes a trip to the outskirts of the city and back just isn’t feasible. When you find yourself in need of some good old-fashioned, predictable family fun, Hong Kong’s theme parks have you covered. Ocean Park and Disneyland, the two mainstays, boast a range of rides, attractions and games for all ages. If you’re torn between the two, our blog post pits them head to head.

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