If the heat is getting to you in Hong Kong, a dip in one of the city’s 44 public pools is a great way to cool off. Whether you’re looking for an Olympic-sized pool to practice your strokes or just a place to relax, the city has plenty of options. And, best of all, most are cheap as chips. Adult admission is HK$17 during the week, and HK$19 on weekends and public holidays (children under three are free). So, grab your swimsuit and head to one of these hk pools to beat the summer heat.
Located on the seafront in Ma On Shan, this outdoor pool looks out over Tolo Harbour and has several water slides for you to slide down. They also have a smaller teaching and leisure pool so you can practice your technique, as well as a fun toddler’s pool with whimsical water installations like mushroom and tree-shaped fountains. The pool is a little quieter than some of the other city pools, but it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for a relaxing pool day.
Another must-visit if you’re in the mood for water slides is Tai Po Swimming Pool, which has Hong Kong’s highest and longest waterslides. Known as one of the most extensive government-owned pools, it also has other facilities including a main pool, diving and teaching pools, and a children’s pool for you to take a load off in between laps. Plus, the entire complex has stunning views of Victoria Harbour and the skyline so you’ll get a little exercise while admiring the view.
Despite the lingering threat of coronavirus, most Hong Kong pools have begun to open for business this summer. However, 20 of the city’s 45 public pools will only partially reopen due to a lack of lifeguards, according to a union representative. This could affect swimming classes, as many pools only allow instructors to operate during pool hours when there are enough lifeguards present.
In an attempt to combat this problem, the union has urged the city to let schools and training centres use the facilities even when lifeguards are unavailable. This is provided that the instructors have life-saving qualifications and that a qualified person supervises them during operation hours. The city has also backed this idea, allowing such institutions to hire their own lifeguards during operating hours.
If you want to check out more of the local pool scene, try signing up for an annual wellness membership at the W Hong Kong, which offers full access to the swimming pool, fitness centre and changing room as well as complimentary wellness consultations and spa credit. And of course, if you’re a fan of Instagram, the hotel’s mosaic wall is the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable pool selfie.