Activities in Hong Kong
Dragon Boat Festival
The lively, vibrant spectacle of Tuen Ng (Dragon Boat) Festival is underscored by the beating of heavy drums. World's longest covered outdoor escalator
The buzz of city life is best experienced by riding the 800m- long central-mid-levels escalator (the world's longest covered outdoor escalator) which transports tens of thousands of people each day and has created its own escalator culture of cafes and restaurants.
Hong Kong's longest hike at 100km, the MacLehose Trail crosses the New Territories, taking in Hong Kong's highest peak, Tai Mo Shan 985m.
Walk along the Dragon's Back on Hong Kong Island, which follows a ridge, giving spectacular views.
Disneyland Hong Kong
Disneyland Hong Kong, on Lantau Island, incorporates four themed lands and two hotels. Attractions range from the adventurous Jungle River Cruise to the dizzying heights of Orbitron, where visitors pilot their own rocket.
The famous Star Ferry goes to Kowloon from Central, Hong Kong Island's financial and commercial hub.
Go shopping down bustling Nathan Road in Kowloon. Grab a bargain at Stanley Market.
Tolo Harbour Cycling Track
For an easy ride through scenic countryside, cycle on the Tolo Harbour Cycling Track, running from Sha Tin to Tai Po. Bikes are available for hire near KCR stations. Most outlying islands do not allow cars.
Horse racing in Hong Kong
Vast sums of money change hands at Hong Kong's horse-racing meetings, held from September to June, Saturday or Sunday afternoon, and Wednesday evening. The two main racecourses are at Happy Valley (Hong Kong Island) and Shatin (New Territories).
Hong Kong has over 30 highly acclaimed beaches. Excellent snorkeling, waterskiing, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, and fishing are available. Water sports equipment can be hired from beaches and hotels in Stanley and Sai Kung. One-day island-hopping tickets allow unlimited ferry trips between islands.
Join the festivities at Cheung Chau's annual Bun Festival in celebration of Pak Tai (a god that influences good sailing and fishing). Bamboo towers covered in steamed buns are constructed as an offering to the god. Cheung Chau is a traditional fishing island with simple temples and unspoilt beaches.
The excellent country parks at Sai Kung East and West are home to macaque monkeys, wild boar, civet cats, barking deer and the Chinese pangolin. Watch birds at the Mai Po marshes near Yuen Long in the New Territories and look out for the Chinese pink dolphin near Lantau Island.
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