For those who live on the Island side, the only time you’ve heard of Tin Shui Wai is probably from the Hong Kong movie “The Way We Are”. Known as the “City of Sadness”, this district may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of cheerful activities, but Tin Shui Wai has more to offer than its reputation. If you’re thinking of relocating or exploring a different side of Hong Kong, head over to Tin Shui Wai this weekend!
Bubble tent camping
We’ve all heard of “glamping” before, but bubble camping is all the hype nowadays. Usually Hongkongers don’t get to reap the full benefits of ingenious Western inventions at least for a few years, but luckily Mingle Farm now includes camping in bubble tents. Visitors can now go camping in comfort in these fully-equipped bubble tents which include air-conditioning, double beds and blankets. Other than camping, Mingle Farm also includes other activities such as archery, bouncy castles and bubble soccer.
Some people like to unwind at cafes with a book in hand, but popular cafes on Hong Kong Island tend to be noisy and overcrowded. If you’re looking for a quiet environment and a fresh cup of joe, head over to Bookaccino. The café is every bookworm’s paradise – as the café is part of the local book store chain Commercial Press, no one rushes you to leave and readers are left in peace and quiet.
Hong Kong Wetland Park
Living in the concrete jungle of Hong Kong, it is easy to lose our connection with nature. For those who would like to bask in the beauty of nature, the Hong Kong Wetland Park is definitely the go-to place. Built in 1998, the park was originally built to conserve a vital ecosystem and educate the public on environmental protection and wetland conservation. Other than observing a diverse range of wildlife, visitors can also visit the theatre, indoor play area and themed exhibition galleries.
Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda
For those who would like to take a trip down history lane, head over to Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda, Hong Kong’s only surviving ancient pagoda. Built by the seventh-generation ancestor Tang Yin-tung, the pagoda was intended to prevent floods, protect the land from evil spirits from the north and help the Tangs win a title in the imperial examination. As for the origin of the name, apparently Tang Yin-tung had a dream once where all the stars gathered together and dropped in one place, which was the location of the pagoda.
Kingswood Richly Plaza
Tin Shui Wai may not be perceived as a trendy zone like Mong Kok and Causeway Bay, but at Kingswood Richly Plaza, fashion-conscious people can find their next “it” item at a budget price. The shopping mall is the perfect combination of the “old” and the “new”, including retro shops such as an old-school Shanghainese barber shop and trendy fashion stores.