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Hong Kong Guide

Even living here, We still get a thrill when we catch sight of the harbour, it is so diverse, from the bustling City to the almost deserted beaches.

All areas of the Island are accessible, with cheap taxis and excellent public transport. Venture out of the City. Don't be taken in by the North of the island, with littlies in tow the South is the place to be.

Beaches!

There are so many lovely beaches. They take a bit more effort to get to, but it is worth it! The easier ones to get to are Repulse, South Bay and Deep Water Bay, (20mins in taxi or bus).

 

Faves however, are Shek O and Big Wave Bay (they can both be reached by buses from Central).

 

Big Wave Bay: You have a small hill walk down to the beach. On this short walk are a couple of shops selling swimming costumes, board shorts, beach toys and hire surf boards. There are also a few cheap Chinese cafes and a play area. Once you are on the beach there are changing and toilet facilities as well as BBQ Pits on the far side of the beach. There is also a cafe serving basic food and drinks for a good price. You can hire deck chairs and parasols for a very small amount of money. The sea can get a bit of swell but our children love playing in the shallows on their body boards.

 

Shek –O: The beach is larger and can get busier, but it is a great beach for children. With toilet and changing facilities, plenty of cheap eats to choose from and plenty of shops selling all you need for a fun day in the sun! Lots of Thai eateries behind the beach.

Tiny Tip: The key here is get here early and if possible in the week.

Which Family Pod?  Squidgy baby ; Toddling around ; Energetic explorers

Hong Kong Park, oasis surrounded skyscrapers

A beautiful Park with lots for the children to explore, right in the middle of the City: My family love this park it is suitable for all ages, just beware it is a bit hilly in places ( when you head up towards the Aviary and Conservatory). At the entrance of the park is a big fountain (fountain Plaza) where children can walk around inside the fountain!! Great for cooling off on a hot day (if you really want to let them splash just take some spare clothes). The paths are wide and from the fountains you pass a Thai restaurant (good for a lunch spot) or just grab a bench in the park with a packed lunch. Walk past the large ponds which have a number of gold fish and turtles and has benches all along in the shade if you want to sit for a while. Then it is a hill up to visit the Butterfly House and the Aviary. It is worth the hilly ascent, the aviary is lovely with a wooden walk way through it allowing you to watch the birds in flight above them. Then on to the six level childrens playground!! you can then walk back towards the entrance and even pop into the tea museum which may sound a bit dull for the little ones but it has an interactive play area for them with computers and building blocks. After all that walking go try out the massage paths in the foot reflexology garden (just behind the museum). From the park you can also walk to the Peak Tram (Funicular) stop.There are public toilets dotted around the park (5 blocks in total). Everything in the park is free including access to the aviary – Bargain!

Which Family Pod? Squidgy baby; Toddling around; Energetic explorers

Tiny Tip: Take Always remember your Insect repellent during the spring and summer months or you will be bitten by a number of annoying bitey insects! If you fancy a picnic you can always pick up supplies from Pacific Place, at the fountain entrance cross the road and you will see escalators. Go down and you will end up n the middle of a fancy shopping centre. Keep going down and you will find a Super Market with lovely food (freshly prepared sandwiches, salads, thai food, indian curry and more!) to make your picnic dreams come true!

Explore the diversity of ' The Island'

Which Family Pod?  Squidgy baby ; Toddling around ; Energetic explorers

Hong Kong Island has so much to offer:

 

The North side of the island: This starts at Kennedy Town in the West through to the eastern areas of Wan Chai and Causeway Bay. These areas all have their own atmosphere and it is fun to take a tram from one side to the other for a stress free chilled out look at Hong Kong (See Hong Kong Transport - Trams).

 

Central district: Is the main business district as well as being home to fancy shopping malls and Hotels, kids will love the skyscrapers, cafe's, bright billboards and the hop-on and off tram's run from here.

 

Soho, Noho and Midlevels: Home to funky cafes, boutique shops and a good rummage.

 

The Peak: This, as the the name suggests, is the tallest point on Hong Kong Island. Amazing views of the City and is a great day out, use the funicular to get up and down. There is a great outdoor playground in the Peak Galleria. The 3.5k circular walk is lovely & cool for littlies, whilst parents check out the stunning views of both side of the island.

 

South side: This is where the beaches and the famous Stanley market are found. With a relaxed holiday feel to it, this area is great for a lunch out and then a splash in the sea. The pirate ship at Stanley Plaza is a hit.

 

South side (East Coast): This area is more rustic and is less developed than the South Coast beaches. With a large country park to discover along with Shek-O beach and Big Wave Bay. With little rustic cafes and a very chilled out atmosphere this is our destination of choice as a family day trip most weekends!

 

South side (West Coast): The home of Aberdeen Harbour and the Typhoon Shelter. A great place to go and explore with Sampan Tours of the Harbour and a floating restaurant.

Which Family Pod? Squidgy baby; Toddling around; Energetic explorers

Tiny Tip: Don't try to do the Island in a day, see which area you think suits you and your family best and go and explore! If you are in the City and you cannot figure out how to get across the road,look up! The trick to walking around Hong Kong is the elevated walk ways, which keep you out of the sun and are fully sign posted once you are on them - not so great for pushchairs as you will have to carry them up quite a few steps, but once you are on one it is plain sailing!

Stanley Market

This is a small market and it is not the cheapest in Hong Kong but for ease and lots to do with the children straight after shopping, this market scores top marks! You can buy many souvenirs here as well as hand bags, luggage, clothes, toys and gadgets. From the Market you can walk down the main road towards Stanley Plaza, along this road are plenty of places to sit out and have lunch overlooking the sea. Carry on to Stanley Plaza and here there is a lovely play area for the children and more cafes with some cheaper lunch options and even an ice cream parlour! The plaza also has some nice shops and a small supermarket. There is also a small beach at Stanley, so you could shop, eat, play and beach it all in one day!

Which Family Pod? Squidgy baby; Toddling around; Energetic explorers

Tiny Tip: Don't The key here is get here early and if possible in the week.

Aberdeen

Home of The Jumbo floating restaurant: If I don't mention this Sally will kill me! It's her favourite family eating out spot. The Jumbo is a big floating restaurant in Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter. Go to 'The Top Deck Restaurant' for their weekend brunch. It is very relaxed with daybeds and loungers, but best of all a play area for the children, so when they have finished lunch (excellent children's menu) they are well catered for with games, toys and colouring, and if they do get bored a bit of boat spotting and watching life unfold in this fascinating part of Hong Kong should do the trick! Leaving you to enjoy your meal! If you are super organised buy the book 'Chopsticks' by Jon Berkeley. It's a story about Chopsticks the mouse who lives on the Jumbo restaurant, go on an adventure with your children to see if you can find him (lets hope you don't!!). There are highchairs available here but it is always best to book one when you reserve your table.

Which Family Pod? Squidgy baby; Toddling around; Energetic explorers

Tiny Tip: Don't The key here is get here early and if possible in the week.

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