When you think of Hong Kong, we bet you imagine its almost futuristic city skyline. There's no doubt Hong Kong is one of the world's most dynamic urban centers, but it's also a travel destination for those who love the outdoors.
Every year, Hong Kong hosts a thrilling line-up of sporting events involving international athletes and spectators from around the globe. If you love to watch – or even participate in! – athletic events and get active outdoors, pack your gear and see a different side of Hong Kong!
Hong Kong Cyclothon
The anchor event of Hong Kong Sports Month is the Hong Kong Cyclothon. This event features an international line-up of racers competing on a challenging course with three tunnels and three bridges. The route covers a number of iconic buildings and main roads in Hong Kong, and draws a great number of avid cyclists from around the globe. The event showcases not only the sport, but also the city’s spectacular scenery.
World First: Formula E - for Electric!
Sports events are exciting, but this one is ‘electrifying’! Formula E is the world’s first fully-electric racing series, where energy, entertainment and the environment come together in urban street racing. This first-of-its-kind international event on the Central Harbourfront in October 2016 is the biggest motorsport event ever held in Hong Kong. It weaves its way through an urban circuit approximately two kilometers in length, featuring long straights, hairpin bends, and stunning views of the harbor and Hong Kong’s skyline.
Hong Kong Tennis Open
Anyone for tennis? The Hong Kong Tennis Open takes place in October. This event, organized by the Hong Kong Tennis Association, is a Women’s Tennis Association-sanctioned International Series Event. Players compete for a prize of USD $250,000 over seven days and draws some of the brightest starts in the world of women’s tennis.
Hong Kong Sprint Triathlon Asian Cup
The Hong Kong Sprint Triathlon Asian Cup takes place over on Lantau Island. This challenging sporting event, open to men and women, involves swimming, cycling and running with everyone competing for fitness and the prize purses.
Hong Kong’s Cross Harbour Swimming Race
Swimmers - or those who love to watch aquatic sports – shouldn’t miss Hong Kong’s Cross Harbour Race. The name nearly says it all, but doesn't describe the spectacle of 1,000 contestants swimming across Victoria Harbour. This is an historic event in Hong Kong which took place annually from 1906 to 1979, when it was suspended. But it was resumed in 2011 and has been going strong ever since, bringing happy memories to those who have been involved over the years and playing an important role in promoting the sport of swimming in Hong Kong and abroad.
Not Competitive? There are Outdoor Activities for you, too.
Photos: Kelvin Yuen
Hong Kong's MacLehose Trail Named One of the World's Best Hikes
memories to those who have been involved over the years and playing an important role in promoting the sport of swimming in Hong Kong and abroad. As of November, tourists are able to join guided tours to explore this world-class hiking trail, led by professional hiking guides. The entire trail covers about 100 km, but tours focus on the first section of the trail, taking you to the famous, one-of-a-kind hexagon rock columns in Hong Kong's UNESCO Global Geopark of China, then to the stunning East Dam of High Island Reservoir, and finally, to a view over the breathtaking Long Ke beach. There are also other hiking and biking tours available, allowing you, whether you are in Hong Kong on business or pleasure, even in port before or during a cruise, to explore the award-winning routes in Hong Kong's countryside.