8 Autumn Activities To Try In Hong Kong
There’s something about autumn that lifts our spirits each year. From the crisp air, yellowing leaves, seasonal flavours and Halloween decor––it all reminds us that sweater weather is now in full force.
So put on your cosiest sweater and get into the spirit of the season by taking part in some classic autumn activities in the city. From carving jack-o'-lanterns––just in time for Halloween––to picking fruits in New Territories, or admiring the night sky by going stargazing, here are the best autumn activities to try in Hong Kong.
1/8 Fruit Picking
Apple picking has long been the number one autumn tradition. While there aren’t any apple farms in Hong Kong, there are plenty of other fruit-picking spots in town for a weekend of fruitful fun.
From hand-picking sweet, Japanese-style Shine Muscat grapes at Long Ping Strawberry Grape Farm in Yuen Long, to picking strawberries in Fanling at Strawberry Garden, this will make a cute weekend bonding activity with friends, family or your significant other.
Long Ping Strawberry Grape Farm, Tai Tong Road, Tai Tong Village, Yuen Long, Hong Kong, +852 9251 8926; yl.hk/lpsb
Strawberry Garden, Ping Che Road, Lei Uk New Village, Ta Kwu Ling, Fanling, Hong Kong, +852 2674 6198; yl.hk/sbg
What better way to enjoy the autumn breeze than to spend a night outdoors? Glamping gives you the best of both worlds: an opportunity to reconnect with nature without the hassle of setting up tents by yourself.
Head over to Saiyuen Camping & Adventure Park on Cheung Chau Island for a group-friendly glamping staycation, with each accommodation equipped with mosquito screens, air-conditioning, lighting and private bathrooms, or opt for Long Coast Seasports’ beachside holiday safari tents to fall asleep to the sound of waves at night.
Saiyuen, Cheung Chau, DD CC Lot 12, Hong Kong, +852 2981 1010; saiyuen.com
Long Coast Seasport, 29 Lower Cheung Sha Village, Lantau Island, Hong Kong; longcoastongcoast.hk
See also: The Best Glamping Sites In Hong Kong
3/8 Carve Jack-O’-Lanterns
If you’re feeling crafty, pick up a pumpkin from Citysuper and get into the festive spirit by carving your very own Jack-o’-lantern. Spend the afternoon with friends competing on who can make the best jack-o’-lantern art to get some friendly banter going.
Afterwards, keep the Halloween spirit going by attending one of the Halloween events in town or binge watch a few horror movies while snacking on candy corn.
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4/8 Horseback Riding
Gallop through autumn leaves on top of one of the most majestic creatures by giving horseback riding a try. Perfect for people who want to get some quality time with animals, or try out a new active hobby that doesn’t involve watersports or hiking, sign up for a lesson at one of Hong Kong’s best riding schools.
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5/8 Barbecue & Smores
If sitting by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa, smores and friends doesn’t sound like the cosiest time, we’re not sure what is. Make it a small, intimate party if you have a rooftop and barbecue at home or make your way to one of Hong Kong’s outdoor barbecue places to take in the breezy weather.
Try Tai Hang Tun barbecue site if you want to be surrounded by greenery and grass or try snagging a spot at Shek O or Stanley Main Beach if you want to hit the water beforehand.
Autumn skies are said to be the best for stargazing as the weather is just cool enough to be outdoors without it being too unbearably hot or cold.
Check the astronomy app ahead of time to ensure that you’ll go on a day when the stars are visible, then take a relaxing hike to one of the best stargazing sites in town such as Chung Hom Kok, Tai Au Mun and Tai Mei Tuk.
See also: The Best Stargazing Spots In Hong Kong
7/8 Go On A Boat Ride
Hong Kong’s numerous seaside towns make it easy for us to explore nature. If you’re bored of the star ferry, sailboats and junk boats, go over to Hong Kong Disneyland’s Inspiration Lake for a fun pedal boat session.
Pack a few sandwiches or bring a full picnic spread by ordering a luxury picnic basket ahead of time to make the day out extra romantic.
8/8 Celebrate Oktoberfest
The official Oktoberfest may be cancelled, but you can still celebrate this beer-filled festival in Hong Kong. Aside from chugging beer with friends at the pub, you can pop by Basehall on October 23 and 24 to be transported to a Bavarian beer hall.
Guests will be able to try a special vegan sauerkraut pizza from Treehouse, a sotong-flavoured pretzel from Return of Lemak and play traditional Bavarian games throughout the weekend.
Baseball, Shop 9A–9C, LG/F, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong, 3643 0865; basehall.hk
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