Hong Kong's best kite flying spots

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Make the most of refreshing summer breezes by flying kites in some of our city’s most scenic spots. Jacqueline Leung sets out to discover the best places to unravel 

It only takes one kite and a bit of wind to generate an afternoon of family-friendly fun. If you want to launch a kite in Hong Kong, make sure you do it in an approved kite-flying spot – otherwise, you risk incurring the wrath of angry security guards (or you may even get slapped with a fine.) With that in mind, here’s our round up of the best spots to induce some serious thread-burn. 

Tai Hang Tun
One of the breeziest places in Hong Kong for kite-flying, Tai Hang Tun has a picturesque view of the Clearwater Bay coastline and outlying islands. It’s also a good vantage point for the sunset, so be sure to stay till the late afternoon. A nearby kiosk sells paper kites and cooling drinks.

How to get there: Take minibus 103M at the bus terminal outside Tseung Kwan O MTR, or minibus 16 outside Po Lam MTR. Go to the end of Clearwater Bay Rd. 

Grass Island
The island of Tap Mun, aka Grass Island, lives up to its name – at its centre is a wide expanse of grass, which makes for a spacious and non-crowded kite-flying area. Just stay away from the occasional cow grazing on the island. Kites are sold in small shops strung along the island’s south-western shore.

How to get there: Take a ferry from Ma Liu Shui ferry pier (near University MTR), or take bus 96R to Wong Shek Pier to go by ferry. See the ferry schedule at td.gov.hk. 

Tai Mei Tuk
Windy all year round, Tai Mei Tuk is the most well-known place for kite-flying, meaning it can be crowded during weekends. Avoid the crowds somewhat by crossing to the far side of Plover Cover Reservoir dam, where fewer people stand. Head to the nearby barbecue site to round-off the day when evening comes around. 

How to get there: Take bus 75K or minibus 20C outside Tai Po Market MTR.

Shek O Beach
With its fine, golden sand, Shek O Beach is not only one of the best beaches on the island but it’s also a great kiting spot. Given its accessibility, the beach is crowded on weekends, so go before noon or on a weekday to make sure you have space to let your kite soar. You can buy paper kites from the beach kiosks, and cold drinks afterwards. 

How to get there: Take bus 9 at the terminal outside Shau Kei Wan MTR, or the red minibus marked ‘Shek O’, from Kam Wa St. 

Tai Po Waterfront Park
As the largest park in Hong Kong, the Tai Po Waterfront Park is a wonderland of outdoor activities. Apart from its grass field, especially for kite-flying, it also has a spiral viewing tower that looks out at the Tolo Harbour, a model boat pool, and a children’s playground, perfect for a day outdoors. Enjoy the exhilaration of dragging your kite along as you run across the field, but make sure you avoid the wall of kite-eating trees that line the area – they’ve got too many kite tails on them already.

How to get there: Take bus 275R outside Tai Po Market MTR.

More info on kiting...

Visit the Hong Kong Sky Kite Association sky@kite.org.hk, 2697 3836; kite.org.hk

Where to buy kites in Hong Kong

HKKITE Store
Rm 18, 9/F, New City Ctr, 2 Lei Yue Mun Rd, Kwun Tong, 6080 0929; hkkite.com. 10am-6pm (Mon-Fri), 10am-1pm (Sat).

KITEHK
info@kitehk.com, 6113 2567; kitehk.com.

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