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The best places to go kite flying in Hong Kong

Make the most of refreshing summer breezes by flying kites in some of our city’s most scenic spots

By Time Out editors
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Kite flying: surely one of the most wholesome activities around. All it takes is a bit of wind and you’re good to go. Unfortunately, Hong Kong’s bureaucracy isn’t as free-spirited as us kiters – launching your kite in any old spot can land you with a hefty fine. Thankfully, the noble pursuit of kite flying isn’t totally shunned and there’s a bunch of officially ‘approved kite flying spots’ dotted about. Here are our favourites.

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The best kite flying spots in Hong Kong

Tai Hang Tun

Things to do Clearwater Bay

With stunning views of the Clearwater Bay coastline and a consistently stiff breeze, Tai Hang Tun is worthy of its status as a primo kite-flying locale. There’s even a kiosk on hand where you can buy paper kites and the necessary refreshments to keep the party going. To get there, jump on the 103M minibus outside Tseung Kwan O MTR station.

Tap Mun
Tap Mun
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Tap Mun

Attractions New Territories

Tap Mun, which sits off the coast of Sai Kung Country Park, is also known as Grass Island. It’s easy to see why (spoiler: it has grass). The 1.7sq km island is composed of rolling, grassy hillocks complete with wandering cows. The island has an exciting history as a pirate’s haven, but now – kites are king here. To get there, grab the ferry from Ma Liu Shui ferry pier near University MTR station.

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Tai Mei Tuk

Things to do Tai Po

This is Hong Kong’s most popular kite flying spot as a result of year-round winds, so expect some crowds at weekends and public holidays. Kite hack: it's quieter if you make the trek across to the far side of Plover Cover Reservoir dam. There's a barbecue site on hand, so you can really make a day of it. To get there, hop on the 75K bus outside Tai Po Market MTR station.

Shek O Beach

Things to do Shek O

One of the best beaches on Hong Kong Island is also one of the best for kite flying. This and its relative ease of accessibility make it a busy option – it’s usually easy to strike up a conversation with other enthusiasts, which is nice. There are kiosks and wee stalls aplenty selling paper kites and drinks, so there's no need to bring anything unless you have a prize kite that you want to show off.

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Tai Po Waterfront Park

Things to do Tai Po

As the largest park in Hong Kong, the Tai Po Waterfront Park is ideal for a whole bevvy of outdoor activities – kite flying being one of them. If you’ve got kids, they can amuse themselves at the playground or model boat pool while you embrace some serious thread burn. Or just let them join in, it’s up to you.

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