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Swimming to Hong Kong

In case you were planning to swim to Hong Kong instead of arriving by other means, you will be happy to know that the beaches of Hong Kong have improved to where you can actually swim in the water. I recommend, though, that you avoid Victoria Harbour as it continues to be polluted in spite of the efforts of the Pearl River and the tides to keep it clean.

When most people think of Hong Kong, they generally do not conjure up images of beautiful, pristine beaches. The truth is Hong Kong has some great, accessible, family friendly beaches. This has not always been the case. A recently released government study reports that the water quality at Hong Kong’s beaches has improved significantly in the last 20 years.

In 1986, only 23% of the beaches were rated Good and 51% Fair, while 26% were in the Poor or Very Poor category. The latest results show 56% rated Good, 27% rated Fair and only 17% in the Poor and Very Poor categories. The bad news is that the percentage of Very Poor beaches has actually gone up from 8% to 15%.

So what, you may ask? Well, if you are a visitor, you now have another activity you can enjoy in Hong Kong. If you live here, you don’t have to travel to enjoy a short-term beach break. You can stay home or visit one of the off-islands. You can even ride the surf at Big Wave Bay, now rated Fair.

Hong Kong has something for everyone.