New Territories Guide
This area is often missed out by tourists, yet it amazingly makes up 86% of Hong Kong's territory. The New Territories also covers the Islands of Lantau, Lamma, Cheung Chau and 260 others!!
It is an absolute must From islands, to beach life and country parks (all set up with play area, picnic benches and bbq pits) it is a match made in family heaven! Lantau to the West and Clear Water Bay to the East are a must do! (We have covered the Islands separately - see Islands)
There are so many lovely country Parks in Hong Kong fun exploring them : Most of the country parks have concrete paths making it doable even with baby in a pushchair! Sai Kung Country Park is very family friendly, as there is a good variety of walks from short ambles to longer hikes. We love going to Sai Kung Town (this is a great day out in itself with many seafood restaurants and little quaint alleyways to explore), then catch a bus to the Country Park (a 10 minute bus journey out from Sai Kung Town). Get off and have an explore at the visitor centre and you can buy a map or just have a look at some of the exhibits there. There is also a small shop selling drinks and toys. Then cross the road and head over to the start of the Park. You immediately come to a play area complete with toilet facilities, picnic benches and BBQ pits. Have a play and a quick lunch and then start one of the trails. You can pick one that is suitable for your family. There are also country Parks on Hong Kong Island you could check out Pok Fu Lam Country Park or Tai Tam country Park all offering something a bit different.
Which Family Pod? Squidgy baby; Toddling around ; Energetic explorers
Tiny Tip: Pick up drinks and lunch from a bakery in Sai Kung and then go on to the Country Park for a picnic! Happy Days!
Hong Kong Heritage Museum
Fancy This is a bit of a trek from Central but.... the interactive area is excellent, with plenty to do for 2-6 years old. They can dress up, go into an old village house ,create pottery designs, play computer games (saving the dolphins from pollution!) and much more including a toy museum at the far end (which we enjoyed more than the children! Slightly depressing seeing toys you played with being shown as antiques!). You could easily spend half a day here. There is an amazing Chinese opera area on the first floor which displays traditional costumes, has a traditional bamboo stage and explains the history of Chinese Opera i found this fascinating but my little girl found the make up a bit scary but she did love the sparkly costumes! There is a cafe there so spend half a day, have a bite to eat and enjoy!
Which Family Pod?Toddling around; Energetic explorers
Tiny Tip: Always check what visiting exhibitions are on, some of them are very child friendly! Also Museums close for one day every week so double check it is open before you head out!
Other things to do....
Sai Kung Town Centre: Walk the waterfront which is dotted with play areas, restaurants and sampans selling day trips! The town itself as more outdoor play areas, plenty of cafes and restaurants and interesting little alleyways perfect for half a days mooching!
Beaches: Clear Water Bay beach: is lovely, but it is a bit of a trek out to it. If you are feeling adventurous get on a bus and travel out to spend the day on this gem of a beach!