Hong Kong’s public pools provide the perfect place to escape the summer heat while keeping fit – many offering top-of-the-line facilities and amazing views!
Public swimming pools may be convenient and affordable, but they’re often overrun during the summer months. For an experience without crowds, look no further than one of Hong Kong’s luxury hotels; their pools boast some of the world’s most stunning facilities that provide an idyllic backdrop for an enjoyable swim session or selfie moment!
Hong Kong boasts 44 public swimming pools managed by Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), 9 in the city center, 13 in Kowloon and 22 in New Territories. All are free for residents aged under 60 or over 13 to use, but during summer months can become very crowded.
Hong Kong public swimming pools boast superior water quality than those found on mainland China, according to a recent report based on data gathered by the government and presented to Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ), an organisation dedicated to sustainable development in Hong Kong.
The report revealed a strong link between poor air quality and increased rates of bacterial infection among both children and adults, with air pollution increasing as traffic and rail capacity increase in cities, with port authorities adopting stricter control measures against vehicles that pollute their port facilities. To reduce air pollution levels further, government measures could include restricting traffic or increasing rail capacity, or introducing stricter control measures at ports for vehicles or pollutants that enter ports.
Swimming not only offers environmental advantages, but is an effective workout to burn calories, enhance cardiovascular fitness, reduce stress levels and decrease chronic conditions such as heart disease or high blood pressure.
Hong Kong is an ideal fitness-seeker’s haven. But keep in mind that many public swimming pools may close during coronavirus restrictions and opening hours may differ depending on the day of week or season – check the LCSD website before setting out on your swim adventure! Furthermore, certain pools provide lockers where you can store belongings – just bring along an appropriate coin token if applicable!