Our canine pals deserve a good day out just like the rest of us, and luckily, we've sussed out the best places to take them in Hong Kong, where they will be more than welcome. From beaches to bars, and piers to parks, there's plenty of fun to be had with your dog in these local hangouts.
With summer in full swing, now is the perfect time to hit the beach with your four-legged friend. While many beaches prohibit dogs to join their humans in their sandy adventures, there are several that welcome them with open arms and, if you're lucky, a nice bowl of water to help them cool down. From the secluded Back Beach in Shek O (incidentally home to a great dog friendly bar) to the rocky reaches of Hong Kong’s outlying islands, the choice might not be endless, but it's certainly a good place to start. Click here to check out the full list of dog-friendly beaches in Hong Kong.
Heading out for a meal, even if only a few short hours, can leave you engulfed in guilt if you've left your furry buddy at home. The lingering stare that follows you through the door – dog parents know the feeling all too well. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be one or the other, because we've sussed out the Top 10 Dog-Friendly Hangouts in Hong Kong where your canine pal is more than welcome.
There are parks aplenty in Hong Kong, but few are actually big enough to lob a ball around. Enter the Cyberport Waterfront Park – a vast outdoor space in front of Telegraphy Bay that boasts great views, green grass, and a dog-friendly attitude. It makes for a great picnic spot, too, if you are ready to come prepared.
Cyberport Waterfront Park, 100 Cyberport Road, Telegraph Bay
Though not officially a designated dog area, Instagram Pier in Sai Wan is seldom not populated with a pup or two. If you can dodge the tripods and the selfie sticks for an afternoon out, the sunsets and afternoon breeze are well worth the trip out.
Western District Public Cargo Pier, Sai Wan
One of a handful of the city’s dog parks, the Sheung Wan park is situated directly opposite the promenade that connects Macau Ferry Pier to Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park. A prime spot to meet other dog owners, it’s also conveniently located just walking distance to a number of dog-friendly bars and restaurants in the Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun areas. Which brings us to our next point.
2 Chung Kong Road, Central and Western District Promenade, Sheung Wan
Sai Kung is one giant outdoor playground for happy hikers and their pups in tow. If you’ve got your sea legs about you, then take your little pal on a trip out to Sharp Island or Tai Long Wan and enjoy great hiking and endless strips of white sandy beaches. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a reason to set off back home.
You and your dog can head to Sai Kung using taxis, Ubers and GoGoVans. 99Bus also offers pet-friendly transportation with routes across Hong Kong (and a stop in Sai Kung). From Sai Kung town, destinations can be reached by hiking, taxis or sampans.
Depending on how fit you and your dog are, the choice is (nearly) endless for hikes across Hong Kong. You may want to steer clear of particularly busy trails, though – the people traffic on Dragon’s Back can be frustrating at the best of times. Take a look at these Top 5 Hiking Trails in Hong Kong and keep in mind that if you head to the popular Bowen Road pedestrianised path, it’s important to keep an eye out and to walk your dog on a shorter leash as it has fallen foul numerous times to dog poisonings, with someone deliberately scattering poisoned bait along the path in a history spanning 25 years.
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