Hong Kong Pools – The Best Places to Cool Off in the Heat
Swimming is one of the best ways to beat the blazing sun, insufferable humidity or torrential rain of Hong Kong summer. And even though most pools are still closed, a dip in one of the city’s public pools can provide a refreshing break from the heat and an opportunity to cool off with some splashy fun.
With 43 state-owned and operated public swimming pools splashed across the city, a swim is just a stone’s throw away. But before you head to your nearest pool, make sure you’ve got everything you need – a towel and swimsuit are mandatory. You can also grab a snack from the snack bar to ensure you have enough energy to swim laps, bust out some tricks or just relax in the water. Changing rooms are provided but be sure to bring your own locks or a coin (normally $5) to use the lockers.
Most outdoor pools open from April 15 until the end of October, while indoor pools close for maintenance three times a year. To avoid disappointment, it’s a good idea to check the Leisure and Cultural Services Department site for specific opening hours and daily maintenance schedules.
For a pool that’s a hit with kids, head to Jordan Valley – the fab little kiddie-friendly pool in Wan Chai has water slides for toddlers and older kids, floating mini aquatic animals to sit on and a big fountain to dance under. And if the kids haven’t expended all their energy, there’s an outdoor playground just next door!
Another great spot for family fun is the Ma On Shan swimming pool, which boasts four giant water slides – including Hong Kong’s fastest slide at 9m high. And with a teaching, training and leisure pool and a special round stepping pool for the toddlers among you, there really is something to keep everyone entertained.
Those who want to take their workout to the next level can head up to WET at W Hotel, which has a rooftop pool offering mesmerising city and harbour views. The pool is 211 metres above sea level, so it’s no wonder it’s known as the highest outdoor pool in the city. Non-guests can use the pool for a fee of HK$50 a day, which includes access to the FIT gym.
There are plenty of other hk pools to enjoy, too – the Ocean Park pool has a lazy river and a children’s play area with water slides and a swan lake, while the YMCA’s Victoria Swimming Pool offers a relaxing atmosphere for adults. And if you’re feeling adventurous, there’s even a floating platform in the middle of the pool where you can dive in! Just remember to bring a snorkel and a life vest. You won’t regret it!