Take a 360 virtual adventure around Hong Kong’s off-the-beaten path outdoor destinations
INQUIRER.net BrandRoom / 10:39 AM March 12, 2021
Going on an adventure in off-the-beaten path destinations is one the many things Filipinos are looking forward to doing again now that tourism is slowly reopening with travel and safety protocols set in place. Hiking mountains, swimming in beaches, and even cycling in new places are on top of the list of must-do outdoor activities for many Filipinos.
Through the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s (HKTB) global initiative “360 Hong Kong Moments”, Filipinos are now able to experience all these and more through a series of 360 virtual-reality (VR) videos that will take them on an all-encompassing adventure across Hong Kong without having to leave home. Each video is crafted to remind Filipinos of their favorite memories and experiences in Hong Kong, and most especially cure the curiosity of those who have not been to the city.
The series of videos will take Filipinos around Hong Kong’s urban jungle, as well as its natural wonders—from amazing hiking and cycling trails to stunning Geopark, from rich flora and fauna to magnificent beach views.
Pro-tip: Feel free to wear your VR glasses and move around as you watch these videos to get that 360-degree view of the city!
Here are 6 off-the-beaten path outdoor destinations in Hong Kong you should definitely be on the lookout for:
1. Tai O
Tai O Fishing Village on Lantau Island is home to the Tanka people, a community of fisherfolk who’ve built their houses on stilts for generations. Explore Tai O Fishing Village’s narrow streets and enjoy the fresh and dried seafood, signature salted egg yolks, and tofu puddings.
2. Hong Kong Science Park
Cycle along the Sing Mun River and make a quick stop at the Hong Kong Science Park, where a collection of impressive state-of-the-art architecture can be found. The park’s Charles K. Kao Auditorium is shaped like a golden egg, truly one of its kind!
3. San Tin, Yuen Long
Located in the northwest of the New Territories, San Tin, Yuen Long offers tourists beautiful natural landscape, wetlands, wildlife, and a rich heritage. This is also the perfect destination for foodies in search of old-school eateries and traditional teahouses.
4. Tai Long Wan
Tai Long Wan, or “big wave bay”, offers a row of pristine white-sand beaches where tourists can swim, sunbathe, and even surf when conditions permit. Just a few hours away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Tai Long Wan is a great destination for those looking for a quick getaway.
5. Cheung Chau
Just a 40-minute ferry ride away from Central Pier 5, Cheung Chau boasts of the numerous outdoor activities that can be done within its borders. Surfing, windsurfing, caving, hiking, cycling, and even food-tripping are among the many things one can enjoy in Cheung Chau.
6. Po Pin Chau
Not known to many, Po Pin Chau is one of Hong Kong’s best hiking destinations especially for experienced hikers as it requires a lot of rock scrambling and clambering up steep slopes. After a tough four-hour hike, travelers can reward themselves by relaxing and unwinding in beaches along the area.
Which among these 6 Great Outdoor destinations are you most excited to explore first?
For more information on 360 Hong Kong Moments, visit Discover Hong Kong to explore more of the city’s great outdoors.