What to do in Hong Kong on a bike?

Kid Friendly — By Shirley Yau on April 18, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Sick of thinking about what to do in Hong Kong other than endless shopping and dining? So perhaps a change in itinerary would be good. Ever thought that you could take a bike trip through Hong Kong? The best way to do a whole day trip on a bike is to start in Tai Wai. There are several remaining bike rental shops left near the Tai Wai MTR station.

1. First stop is the historic Tai Wai village, which is a only a short pedal from the MTR. Its the biggest and the most historic village in the Sha Tin district. Interesting features includes the traditional entrance, a 100 year old ancestral home and a temple in the village centre.

2. Then go to Che Kung Temple, which was built at the end of the Ming Dynasty. Today, the public has access to a modern temple that was built in 1993. The original temple, which is more than 400 years old, is a Grade II historical building. This is where the chief executive of Hong Kong asks for the fortune of Hong Kong during every Chinese New Year so fortune stick telling is very common and popular in the temple.

3. Ride along the biking trail and once you pass the racecourse, you can go west toward Tai Po. The cycle path will take you toward the Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree.

4. Continue to ride along the Tolo Harbour to get to Tai Po town centre and then follow the signs and ride to Tai Po waterfront park. This 22 hectare park is one of the best parks in the city with lots of green leisure areas for people to ride bikes, fly kites or even picnic on the grass. Its lovely promenade features some quirky Soviet constructivist architecture, and it is also a great place for a quiet stroll by the sea.

5. If you still have the energy, keep cycling until you reach Tai Mei Tuk. From there you can get on to the dam and admire the stunning views of Plover Cove Reservoir. Take in the scenery, enjoy a boat ride or replenish lost calories with a barbeque or Thai meal.

Alternatively, return you bike at the park and catch a green minibus 20C or 20K at Tai Po Market MTR station, getting off at Fung Yuen Village.

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