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Friday, 19 August 2011

Inspiration Lake (迪欣湖)

Inspiration Lake Hong Kong Wondering where to go this weekend? Well, I highly recommend a little known treasure in Hong Kong – Inspiration Lake Recreation Centre (迪欣湖活動中心) located in Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island.

The entire Recreation Centre covers an area of approximately 30 hectares, with a 12 hectare man-made lake as a central feature. It is very well managed by the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort – clean, safe and well maintained. Another good thing is – no entrance fee.

Where else can you get such clean fresh air and be away from the crowds on a weekend without having to trek for miles whilst still being close to creature comforts? Quite remarkable for a park in Hong Kong – the absence of 6 million signs stating what you cannot do. It is quite a pleasure to be able to walk on lawn and we even brought a ball to kick around.

Here are some pictures from my trip last weekend.

Inspiration Lake

It was a warm day so my family and I decided to skip the boating this time. The bikes are covered as you can see, so it was a rather “civilized” hour of fun in the sun. You can bring your own bikes but the sun-cover on the Surrey Bikes ($120 an hour for 4 people) is well worth considering during summer.

Inspiration Lake Surrey Bike
Bike ticketSurrey Bikes Lake InspirationFacilities: Cycling, boating, walking trails, grassed areas, benches, a convenience store, undercover seating area with tables, toilets and paid car parking. For lunch, you could bring a picnic basket, opt for a quick meal from the convenience store or dine more leisurely at the restaurants at either of the Disney hotels.

We drove there and parked for $25 an hour but it is quite accessible by public transport.

How to get there by public transport: walk, take a bus or taxi from the Disneyland Resort MTR station.

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