Hongkong pools provide the ideal place for families and individuals alike to unwind after a busy day and let off steam. Swimming provides many health benefits that help lower stress, boost metabolism and enhance mental wellbeing; lower blood pressure; reduce heart disease risk; as well as protect from dementia and Alzheimer’s. A recent study also demonstrated this fact.
Recent low pressure has brought much-needed rainfall, providing Hongkong residents with much-needed relief and prompting us to start thinking about swimming again during these cooler months. Temperatures are slowly declining while the water now boasts that crisp autumn scent – here are some great Hongkong pools you should visit this season.
Government-run public pools offer an ideal way to escape the heat, often featuring multiple 50m pools and shallow waters for children. While admission usually costs HK$17 weekdays and 19 on weekends, concessions exist for people over 60, those with disabilities, those between ages 3-13, full-time students and full-time schoolteachers allowing them to get in for cheaper.
Private swimming pools in the area also cater to the public and may offer more amenities and better staff than their public counterparts, including yoga and pilates classes. Though private pools tend to be more costly than public ones, many offer public access.
Private pools tend to be smaller than government-operated ones, yet still provide an excellent place for swimmers and water enthusiasts to take a dip and exercise their bodies in a relaxing aquatic setting. Many private pools feature water slides or other fun features suited for families with young children.
As private pools don’t always provide lifeguards on site, and often charge an additional fee to use their facilities and have restrictive membership policies, joining one should be done at your own risk. Be sure to research both its area and rules thoroughly before signing up.
Join an online pool club such as Asaya for another great option – they provide members with 12 complimentary day passes per month that grant access to the pool, fitness centre and wellness classes from Monday – Thursday! Just visit their website and create an account!