Sport and Fitness in Hong Kong
Hong Kong offers a tremendous number of opportunities for those wanting to exercise and socialise.
Many expats use the facilities of the membership clubs, which offer pools, gyms and tennis courts. Alternatively, one can sign up for a gym membership or other specialist clubs. From yoga classes to boxing lessons, there is something for everyone.
Below is a list of some of the sports and facilities available in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong offers a wealth of options when it comes to gyms, from popular chain gyms with multiple locations to independent gyms catering to niche markets. Some gyms may offer a free trial period. When signing a contract for a gym membership, it is important to read the details carefully as consultants may not mention the limitations of membership in their eagerness to recruit.
Running and hiking
Despite its limited land space, hiking is popular in Hong Kong, and the contrast between the lush mountains and the towering glass and steel buildings is spectacular. The Hong Kong Trail is a 50km (31 mile) trail that meanders around the forests and ridges of the city. It starts at Victoria Peak, ends at Big Wave Bay on Hong Kong Island, and passes through five country parks along the way. Among the other walks is the Morning Trail, a well-trodden 2.8km (1.7 mile) route that takes one up Victoria Peak.
Junk trips are very popular with Hong Kong expats. One can book Chinese- or Western-style boats for full- or half-day trips and head to the beach, do some waterskiing or simply eat, drink and soak up the sun.
It is advisable to book one or two months in advance. All-inclusive packages are a little more expensive but include food and drinks.
Windsurfing, waterskiing, wakeboarding and sailing are all popular in Hong Kong. Windsurfing can be done in Stanley Beach, Sai Kung and Cheung Chau, while waterskiing and wakeboarding lessons are on offer in Tai Tam and Sai Kung. There are also a number of government-run watersport centres in Hong Kong that rent equipment and offer training courses.
Football, rugby and hockey
The members-only Hong Kong Football Club has excellent facilities and has teams for football, rugby union, hockey, squash and lawn bowls. Hockey players should look up the Hong Kong Hockey Association.
The Hong Kong Tennis Association has 3,000 members over 40 clubs and runs leagues and competitions for all standards. Many of Hong Kong's clubs and societies also offer tennis facilities and are a great place for expats to practice their backhand.