New Territories Activities
What to Do in New Territories
There are many fun activities to pursue in the New Territories. If you are a fan of golf, pick one of the many golf clubs or driving ranges according to your budget and handicap.
Again, many people have a mental image of Hong Kong as the world centre of stress but just try hiking in the New Territories to experience another side of the Hong Kong life, where nature, culture and the rural life still exist in peaceful harmony. Slightly more stressful but still a lot of fun, horse racing – a local passion – is another colourful and exciting option.
Sha Tin Racecourse
Another fun experience in New Territories is to visit the Sha Tin Racecourse to watch this enormously popular sport. Sha Tin Racecourse is one of the two major racetracks in Hong Kong (the other is the Happy Valley). It was opened in 1978 and hosts regular races on most Saturdays from September to June. The racecourse has a capacity of over 80,000.
- Location: Sha Tin Town
- Tel: (852) 2695 6223
Tai Po Waterfront Park
The Tai Po Waterfront Park covers an area of 22 hectares. Its facilities include the 32.4-metre spiral staircase lookout tower that offers views of the Tolo Harbour and the park itself. It also has a 1.2 kilometre-long promenade, rest-gardens, sitting areas, a jogging trail with fitness stations, a cycling track and a 600-seat amphitheatre.
- Location: South of the Tai Po Industrial Estate, Tai Po Town
Visiting Tai Po Market
Tai Po Market is located on Fu Shin Street, a pedestrian zone that has been hosting the bustling event since 1892. In the old days, this was where villagers met to buy and sell farm products. The market gets busy as early as six or seven in the morning, lasting until early evening and is a lively and noisy scene. Today, there are lots of goods sold here including fresh seafood, meat, vegetables, fruits, herbs and cooked food. A tour to Tai Po Market is a colourful insight as to how the locals really live.
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Location: On Fu Shin Street in Tai Po
Hong Kong is golfer's paradise but not all clubs are open to the public and charge reasonable rates. For golfing in the New Territories try:
Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club
Located on Tai Au Mun Road in Clearwater Bay – a beautiful location, this is an 18-hole private golf club with extensive and impressive facilities. Visitors welcome Mon – Fri.
- Location: In Clearwater Bay
- Tel: (852) 2335 3700
Hong Kong Golf Club – Fanling Clubhouse
There are three golf courses under Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling, all are private and each has 18 holes. The Eden Course built in 1970 offers swimming pool, billiard tables, lounge, card room, dining and visitors are welcome on weekdays only. The New Course was built in 1931 and offers a swimming pool, billiard tables, lounge, card room, dining and again visitors are welcome on weekdays only. The third one is the Old Course, built in 1911. It features a swimming pool, billiard tables, lounge, card room and dining. Visitors welcome on weekdays.
- Opening Hours: On Fan Kam Road, Fanling
- Tel: (852) 2670 7211
Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Course
This golf course is the only public course in New Territories. It has three 18-hole golf courses with other facilities such as a driving range, a golf training academy changing rooms, snacks, drinks.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 07:00 – 20:00
- Location: At the northern end of Kau Sai Chau Island
- Tel: (852) 2792 0982
Tuen Mun Golf Centre
Located in Tuen Mun and opened in 1995, this is Hong Kong’s first public driving range.
- Opening Hours: It operates on Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun & public holidays from 08:00 – 22:00. For Mon & Thurs (Maintenance Day) open from 13:00-22:00.
- Location: Tuen Mun
- Tel: (852) 2466 2600
Whitehead Club Golf Driving Range Hong Kong
The Whitehead is one of the largest golf driving ranges in Asia. Located in Ma On Shan, New Territories, it's open daily from 07:30 – 23:00 and features mirrors in the driving bays and a real grass putting green – a rarity in Hong Kong.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 07.30 – 23.00
- Location: Ma On Shan
- Tel: (852) 2631 9900
Hikers will enjoy spending time in New Territories. It has more than 20 parks with various levels of difficulty. The advanced hiker can try out the famous MacLehose’s Trail while beginners can start off with short Ping Shan Heritage Trail.
This 15-metre high rock is in the Lion Rock Country Park overlooking Sha Tin Town. It looks very similar to a woman ('Amah') carrying a baby on her back. Legend says that this woman was the faithful wife of a fisherman who climbed the hill every day, carrying her son, to watch for the return of her husband, not knowing he had been drowned at sea. In reward for her faithfulness she was turned into a rock by the Goddess of the Sea so that her spirit could unite with that of her husband. Amah Rock is another good spot to enjoy a bird's eye view of the New Territories.
- Location: In the Lion Rock Country Park overlooking Sha Tin Town
The trail was named after Sir Murray MacLehose, a former Hong Kong governor. It is suited for more advanced hikers as it covers 100 kilometres in total. The trail breaks up into 10 stages and runs through eight parks and requires more than 30 hours of hiking to complete it.
- Location: Soars through the highlands of the New Territories from the Sai Kung peninsula to the Tai Lam mountain range.
Mui Shue Hang Park
This beautiful park is a favourite among locals. It has a recreation open space for walking, jogging, cycling, practicing morning tai chi and other types of exercise.
- Location: East of the Lam Tsuen River north of the treatment plant, Tai Wo
Ping Shan Heritage Trail
Only one kilometre long, this is nevertheless one of the most interesting trails in New Territories. The walk is very pleasant as it passes through a rural area and by some old structures, many of them built by Tang Clan who settled in New Territories in the 12th century. The structures include the 700-year-old Tang Ancestral Hall, a three-storey pagoda, a small community weekend market and Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery (formerly a police station) housing local folk customs and history.
- Location: Tin Shui Wai Town, northwestern New Territories
Tolo Harbour is surrounded by low hills and is home to several fishing villages, old and new as well as Tap Mun Chau (aka Grass Island), an ex pirate lair. A day out here will help you forget the stress of the city. Visitors can enjoy hiking, swimming and eating local food and more.
- Location: Northeastern edge of the New Territories