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Hong Kong: The kid guide

Hong Kong is not exactly renowned to be the most kid friendly country around but don’t fret if you want to go and visit and have to bring the children. I gave birth to two out of my three babies there and I never felt that there was a lack of activities to do or places to go or things to see with them. Hong Kong is famous for being a shopping mecca in Asia but there is so much more on offer. Here is my guide to Hong Kong with your kids.

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HK Space Museum

If you get a “bad air day” in Hong Kong, you might want to consider keeping the kiddos indoors for part of the day, as the pollution can get pretty unhealthy. The HK Museum is a great option to keep your littlies entertained. The planetarium is comprised of the Stanley Ho Space Theater, the Hall of Space Science, and the Hall of Astronomy. Check out the Omnimax and sky shows, and astronomy exhibits.

10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

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Big Buddha

Consider a trip to take in the grandeur of the Big Buddha. The Tian Tan Buddha (or Big Buddha) is exactly that, a massive bronze statue that is over 100 feet tall. You ride a cable car to get to the Buddha, which is always a treat for the kids. It took 12 years to construct and you must climb 268 steps to get a better look. It is quite a sight to behold, both for young and old, as are the mountain and sea views that surround it.

Ngong Ping Rd, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

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Dolphin Watch

Take an ecological tour to see the endangered pink dolphins, touted as the world’s pinkest dolphins. It’s always exciting to get a sighting of these Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins. Pollution and the harbor reclamation are just some of the threats these dolphins face. It’s believed that within a few years they will be wiped out.www. hkdolphinwatch.com

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Inspiration Lake

Hong Kong isn’t well known for its scenery but the country’s nature is really an unsung hero. There are so many stunning vistas of mountains and the ocean if you know where to look. If you’re going to Disney, don’t forget to make a stop by Inspiration Lake. It’s within walking distance from Disney. Bring some food and have an impromptu picnic near the fountain.

The lake is located about one km from Hong Kong Disneyland Park—or about a 15-minute walk at a leisurely pace.

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Tai Tam Reservoir

The Tai Tam Reservoir was a family favorite when we lived there. You can take the kids for a nice walk/hike around the reservoir, which is gorgeously scenic. It’s not what most people think of when they picture Hong Kong.

Tai Tam Rd

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Ryze

Ryze is an indoor trampoline park that can help your kids get rid of excess energy if you’ve been dragging them around on a shopping tour. Weekdays have a special from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for kids six and under so that it’s safe for your younger ones.

Quarry Bay, 3/F, 321 Java Road

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Repulse Bay

Don’t forget to bring your swimsuits as Repulse Bay is home to one of the most popular beaches in Hong Kong. It is also very near to Ocean Park (in case you want to couple up some activities for the day). The Pulse complex is beachfront and has many delicious restaurants and you can do a bit of shopping, too. Repulse Bay is only 15 minutes from Central, very accessible.

28 Beach Rd, Repulse Bay

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Tram to the Peak

If you’re going to The Peak, then expose your kids to a bit of history and take them on The Peak Tram. The Peak Tram Historical Gallery has over 200 memorabilia exhibited, which take you back to 19th and 21st century Hong Kong. It is also a godsend for those who get motion sickness as it is a straight ride up to the top (as opposed to going in a car which is very windy way up the mountain).

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www.discoverhongkong.com

Hoi Ha Wan Marine Reserve

I bet you didn’t know that Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park is a protected area that contains 60 types of hard coral and 120 species of coral fish. Neither did I! In fact it is one of five marine parks in Hong Kong. It is great for snorkeling. Check out Hoi Ha Village and the temple.

Hoi Ha Wan, Hong Kong