It is possible to have a stress-free scenic walk with a stroller in the city? Angela Baura shares five tried-and-tested options for some stroller friendly walks in Hong Kong.
Navigating Hong Kong with a petit passenger in tow can be a challenging feat. The streets, slopes, steps and crowds can stress out parents who simply wish to stretch their legs. Often, stroller friendly walks that are recommended (I’m guessing by folks with rose-tinted glasses or abs of steel) will throw in a curveball. Be it a ridiculously narrow pathway, a flight of stairs or a lack of kid-friendly eateries. Any of which can metaphorically tip mums over the edge. To compile a list of genuinely stroller-friendly walks, I turn to mums who really do walk the talk. Supermums who manoeuvre double strollers and all the requisite kiddie paraphernalia along for the ride. Following in their footsteps, here are five tried-and-tested recommendations from members of Facebook community Hong Kong Mothers of Multiples.
The walk around the Peak offers a smooth journey for a stroller friendly walk in Hong Kong. A stunning view for parents and therefore a cool escape from the heat and humidity. Start at Lugard Road and cruise along the flat path for around an hour, pausing to rest on the benches dotted along the way or feed bubs under the shade of the trees. Walk full-circle back to the Peak Galleria, where there’s a heap of family-friendly cafes, ice-cream shops and restaurants to try out.
This walk is a firm fave for mum of twin boys, aged nine months, Kristina Pavchenco, who says the Peak is a great place for mums to enjoy a spot of breakfast or lunch while the babies are napping.
Sai Wan Ho to Quarry Bay
Take in beautiful views of the harbour as you stroll along Aldrich Bay Promenade, a relaxing family walk in Shau Kei Wan. Start at Sai Wan Ho, take a break at the full-sized Fireboat. Watch the boats in all shapes and sizes moving around the Typhoon Shelter water, amble some more, take the walkway up and over, and continue to Quarry Bay. There are lots of lovely waterside restaurants and cafes along the way if you or bubba want a tummy-filler or thirst-quencher. And zero stairs to lug strollers up and down.
According to Gia Ferguson, mother of twin boys, aged two, who recommends this scenic half-hour walk. Frites restaurant in Quarry Bay serves delicious food for a rest stop.
Seaview Promenade (Repulse Bay)
Escape the concrete jungle and enjoy a tranquil meander along the wide, paved Promenade. Start at Repulse Bay, head down to Beach Road, and take your tiny tots on a truly breathtaking 20-minute journey towards Deep Water Bay. Soak in the views of the coastline and the boats bobbing up and down on the water. This is also a dog-friendly walk, so expect to see happy pups frolicking around. Beginning your babe-in-buggy excursion at Repulse Bay means you will not encounter stairs. If you plan to start from Deep Water Bay, there are steps down to the paved walkway. On a warm summer’s day, bring your swimmers and a bucket and spade for some beach action.
Sarah Oliver Scemla, mother of twin boys aged 23 months, enjoys this walk. The Pulse, Repulse Bay, has a variety of family-friendly restaurants which are perfect to start or end your seaside stroll.
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Penfold Park (Sha Tin)
This public park, which attracts around 15,000 visitors a month, is a pram-pusher’s paradise and one of the most popular family walks in Hong Kong. Built and managed by The Hong Kong Jockey Club, Penfold Park is located within the track of the Sha Tin Racecourse in New Territories. Take a leisurely walk along paved paths winding along well-manicured grassy lawns, admire the wild migratory birds that inhabit the pretty man-made lakes, kick off your shoes and relax under the massive trees. Later, show your tiny tots the full-sized painted horse statues and other equestrian-related artworks on display in the park.
The perfect spot for a picnic, boasting more than 20 acres of beautiful landscape. In other words Penfold Park is a much-needed respite for mamas in need of vast space, lush vistas and fresh air.
Opening hours for both the Park and the car park are subject to change on racing days and other special days. To avoid disappointment, refer to The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s website for an up-to-date schedule.
Dr Edith Hui, mother of twin boys aged 10 months, recommends Penfold Park as she loves the fact that there is plenty of greenery, lots of dogs, no crowds during the weekdays and no mosquitos!
Sai Kung Town
Another vote for a waterfront walk. The serene walk along Sai Kung’s waterfront is the ideal setting for mamas who need a change of scene from being cooped up indoors. Stroll along the paved waterfront, taking in the most stunning views of the mountains, fishing boats (where you can buy fresh seafood from the fishermen). And traditional junk boats, which can take you to the outlying islands and beaches. A popular kite-flying area, your babies will be mesmerised by the kites dipping and dancing through the warm breeze.
Along the waterfront, there is an alfresco restaurant. At the weekends, some market stalls open up to sell local handcrafted and also organic goods. At the end of the walk, an ice cream van loyally awaits, adding a sweet touch to your perfect stroll. You’ll be walking alongside many strollers – some carrying babies and some carrying dogs. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of room for everyone!
You can turn back the way you came or continue towards Sai Kung old town. Walk through quaint alleyways dotted with small boutique shops, cool cafes and fruit stalls, then enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many family-friendly restaurants in Sai Kung’s vibrant square.
The square is where most strollers gather to eat, says Sai Kung resident Amy Wong. With its warm and friendly vibe, just outside the square and loads of families relaxing and eating, this is one of the ultimate stroller friendly walks in Hong Kong.
*This article was updated in Feb 2021.
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