When the weather is sweltering, it’s hard to think of anything that will cool you off quicker than a swim in one of Hong Kong’s public pools. It’s not only a fun way to spend the day, it’s also a great place to take in some of the city’s stunning scenery. Here are a few of the best hk pools to visit this summer.
The Kerry Hotel Pool
Located on the edge of Hung Hom’s harbourfront, this hotel’s infinity pool offers an unparalleled view of Hong Kong’s city skyline. Guests can access the pool during the weekdays for a day pass priced at $500, or on the weekend for $700. Stay until sunset and then enjoy a drink at Red Sugar, the hotel’s al fresco bar — or treat yourself to a meal in the restaurant.
Ma On Shan Pool
A popular option for families, the Ma On Shan public swimming pool features a number of slides that will appeal to kids of all ages. It’s also home to several swimming classes, including water polo and aqua fitness.
The Rosewood Hotel’s Asaya Pool
For those who prefer a more luxurious experience, the Rosewood Hotel’s Asaya pool is a must-see. This 25-metre-long infinity pool offers a one-of-a-kind view of Victoria Harbour’s calming waters. The pool also offers wellness-driven guests access to a full range of fitness classes and private yoga sessions.
Hong Kong’s infamous social-distancing rules are set to be eased this week, as 38 of the city’s public pools are expected to reopen. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department has been conducting filtration and sterilisation on the 38 pools, and will open 24 of them next Monday.
It’s estimated that more than a million people a day swim in Hong Kong’s public pools, which is why the city’s government has cut its lifeguard workforce from around 2,400 to 1,580 since 2004. The Hong Kong and Kowloon Life Guards’ Union has protested against the LCSD’s decision, saying it puts the lives of swimmers at risk.
The LCSD has been trying to resolve the dispute by increasing the number of lifeguards, but the labour shortage is still a problem. The union says there’s an influx of new immigrants and migrants who are unable to get the necessary training for the job.
Nevertheless, it’s encouraging to see the government taking steps to improve its pool facilities. For example, the LCSD has recently started to build new facilities to replace old ones that are no longer fit for purpose.
Aside from a few new pools, the LCSD is also upgrading the infrastructure of existing ones. The Kowloon Park swimming pool, for example, was upgraded to meet modern health standards.
There are also plans to create a new Wan Chai Swimming Pool to replace an older facility that will be demolished to make way for the new Exhibition Centre station of the Sha Tin to Central Link.
In addition, the LCSD is also planning to build a pool for Tin Shui Wai North.