Hong Kong for Kids

Kids and Spouses usually find Hong Kong very stimulating, but they will need to make some adjustments to the Western lifestyle. Unless you live in the New Territories or Discovery Bay, Hong Kong for Kids will mean playing in communal areas or clubs, as nearly everyone lives in apartments – it’s also a good way to meet other families.

The other major adjustment with the ‘Hong Kong for kids’ experience concerns child-care. Because of the relatively low cost of hiring a domestic helper and the financial necessity of generating a second income, a lot of couples in Hong Kong both work. Obviously, this arrangement isn’t for everyone but it’s nevertheless quite common in the expat community. The kids generally adapt fairly well as long as they have had their expectations managed, concerns discussed, continue to feel loved and embrace the changes – not much to ask!

Book an Orientation Consultant to include school visits in your orientation schedule.

Hong Kong for Kids – Activities

Theme parks such as Ocean Park and Disneyland are always popular choices in Hong Kong for kids, particularly if you have bought annual passes. There is a huge range of alternative outdoor and indoor activities in Hong Kong for kids to chose from.

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School Sports & Activities

Many of the tourist trips will be provide fun in Hong Kong Kong for kids. Excluding those, you might like to consider:

  • Public facilities such as parks, beaches, play areas,  Zoological and Botanical Gardens, swimming pools and sports centers  are great activities in Hong Kong for kids. Go to the Leisure & Cultural Services website for more information. The best beaches are on Islands such as Lantau where you can visit Lower Cheung Sha, which is a short bus or taxi ride from the ferry terminal at Mui Wo. The Stoep (+852 2980 2699) is popular alfresco restaurant on the beach.
  • Hong Kong museums are of a very high standard and charge negligible admission fees. The Museum of Coastal Defense is an unlikely hit in Hong Kong for kids. Refer to the Leisure & Cultural Services website for Museum details.
  • Take the family for a seafood meal. Go to Sai Kung and you can also hire a Sampan (photos) for a personal water tour, bartering an hourly rate from one of the operators on the quay. If you go to Aberdeen instead, you could take a restaurant launch to the floating Jumbo restaurant. The Rainbow Seafood Restaurant in Sok Kwo Wan offers a free ferry service from TST and Aberdeen, if you fancy visiting Lamma island.  See our transport page if you want to take a public ferry to or from Lamma.
  • Take an organized tour of Hong Kong Island, the New Territories, Guangzhou (China) or Macau (famous for Casinos and the Grand Prix). For a waterborne excursion, you could try the Hong Kong Dolphin Watch or take a Chinese Junk Harbour Cruise, which includes Dinner at the Aberdeen Floating ‘Jumbo’ Restaurant. Refer to our Tours page for more information.

 

  • Catch a ferry to one of the outlying islands – Cheng Chau or Mui Wo on Lantau. Bicycle hire (take your passport or residents ID card) is available in both locations and there are villages, village restaurants and beaches to explore in Hong Kong for kids. Visit the Tai O village on stilts (photos) or go on a dolphin watching tour.
  • Go for a hike (see our hiking page) or take a walking tour of Hong Kong, with The HK Institute of Architects. Alternatively, take yourself for a walk along one of the Hong Kong Heritage trails or along the Avenue of Stars in TST (see video below), which celebrates the Hong Kong film industry. The MTR suggests a number of short city walks based around their subway stations. See if any of the attractions listed by the tourist board appeals to you.
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The Aqua Luna and Duk Ling are traditional sailing boats offering harbour trips/private charter.

Hong Kong for kids and all the associated walking around in Hong Kong can be exhausting for kids and parents, so take plenty of water, sun hats, sun screen, snacks and mosquito repellant.

Links: hkwithkids.com | geobaby.com | The Hong Kong Leisure Services guide to children’s play facilities | HK Pre-School Playgroups website | Sassy Mama | Little Steps Asia | Baby Bloom

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