Hong Kong Nature and Wildlife

A Guide to the Outdoors and Beautiful Landscapes of Hong Kong

Hong Kong Nature and Wildlife: Migratory Birds flock to Mai Po Nature Reserve
Hong Kong Fantastic Landscapes: The Tai Long Wan Coastline

It is hard to believe that not far from the hustle and bustle of the city, there's wide open areas, beautiful beaches, marshes and wetlands teeming with life...

If you have had enough of the towering skyscrapers, crowded markets and hectic traffic, take a day or half-day respite, there are certainly some beautiful areas a short ride away and Hong Kong's convenient transportation makes a visit out of the city a snap.

For wildlife lovers, Hong Kong's New Territories are a heaven for birdwatchers specially in the winter months when tens of thousands of migratory birds flock to the marshes and mudflats of Deep Bay, including several endangered species like the black-faced spoonbill.

Hong Kong Nature and Wildlife: Migratory Birds flock to Mai Po Nature Reserve
Hong Kong Nature and Wildlife: Migratory Birds flock to Mai Po Nature Reserve in the winter

The outlying islands offer beautiful walks and hike trails, complete your outing with a stop at a seafood village for brunch or dinner... It is all just a short ferry ride away from Central.

And yes, there are the beaches also, although terribly crowded on weekends and public holidays during the summer months when everyone is wishing for a cool splash.

Here are some of our favorite places and things to do to enjoy the outdoors, the wildlife and the natural beauty of Hong Kong:

Nature Reserves and Wildlife

Mai Po Nature Reserve

Birdwatcher with scope at the Mai Po Marshes

The Mai Po marshes in Deep Bay in the New Territories are a protected area and an important bird sanctuary where hundreds of migratory species find their way in the winter months, making it a paradise for bird-watchers and nature lovers.

This is a fragile ecosystem located just a stone-throw away from mainland China.

The reserve is jointly managed by the World Wildlife Fund and the Hong Kong government.

Visitors need a special permit to enter the protected areas and this can be obtained online.

Hong Kong Wetland Park

Hong Kong Wetland Park in the New Territories

Boardwalks, lily ponds, bird hide stations, mudflats, fish ponds, mangroves, a beautiful butterfly garden and an informative visitor center at this 60+ hectares of wetlands.

The Park is great for kids with many interactive displays, which also makes it a magnet for school field trips.

Although not precisely "around the corner", transportation is easy with the MTR or the direct bus from the city, just allow about an hour to get there.

  • Visiting Hong Kong Wetland Park (coming soon)

Our Beloved Pink Dolphins

Pink Dolphins in Hong Kong

Go on a Pink Dolphin Watch cruise and look for this rare and endagered species that inhabits the waters surrounding Hong Kong.

Kids specially enjoy the cruises which provide a way to enjoy and observe these lovely creatures in the wild.

The trip is conducted in a way that minimizes disturbance to the dolphins, and it is at the same time an educational experience as the guides are very knowledgeable about the Chinese dolphins and are more than happy to tell you all about them, their habits, characteristics, habitat and the plight they face.

Learn More About the Endangered Pink Dophin and the Pink Dolphin Watch Cruise

Hong Kong Beaches

Repulse Bay

Repulse Bay Beach in Hong Kong

Repulse Bay is just a short bus ride from the hustle and bustle of the Central District and one of the easiest to get to, easy for a half-day outing that can be combined with the nearby Aberdeen Fishing Village.

Located in a spectacular sheltered bay framed by the mountains overgrown with high end condominiums and townhomes, it is Hong Kong Island's popular weekend retreat.

Another bonus for visitors is the colorful temple located in the south-east end of the bay, a beautiful collection of mosaic deities, statues, shrines and pavillions.

Stanley

Stanley Beach in Hong Kong

Stanley is a beautiful seaside village in the southern part of Hong Kong Island, although more well-known to tourists for its lively market than for its beaches, it has a pleasant waterfront promenade lined with small pubs and cafes.

It is only a 50-minute bus ride from Central, but one of our favorite outings include taking the Aqualuna, the gorgeous red-sail sampan, that sails on weekends to Stanley. That way you combine a harbour cruise that leaves from either Central or the Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry piers and brings you in an hour and a half to Stanley. You can then stroll the promenade, get a bite to eat, relax by the beach, pick up a few souvenirs at the market and then catch the bus back to the city whenever you are ready.

Island-Hopping

Cheung Chau Island

Stanley Beach in Hong Kong

Stanley is a beautiful seaside village in the southern part of Hong Kong Island, although more well-known to tourists for its lively market than for its beaches, it has a pleasant waterfront promenade lined with small pubs and cafes.

It is only a 50-minute bus ride from Central, but one of our favorite outings include taking the Aqualuna, the gorgeous red-sail sampan, that sails on weekends to Stanley. That way you combine a harbour cruise that leaves from either Central or the Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry piers and brings you in an hour and a half to Stanley. You can then stroll the promenade, get a bite to eat, relax by the beach, pick up a few souvenirs at the market and then catch the bus back to the city whenever you are ready.

Lamma Island

Stanley Beach in Hong Kong

Stanley is a beautiful seaside village in the southern part of Hong Kong Island, although more well-known to tourists for its lively market than for its beaches, it has a pleasant waterfront promenade lined with small pubs and cafes.

It is only a 50-minute bus ride from Central, but one of our favorite outings include taking the Aqualuna, the gorgeous red-sail sampan, that sails on weekends to Stanley. That way you combine a harbour cruise that leaves from either Central or the Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry piers and brings you in an hour and a half to Stanley. You can then stroll the promenade, get a bite to eat, relax by the beach, pick up a few souvenirs at the market and then catch the bus back to the city whenever you are ready.


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