With autumn’s cool breeze comes a renewed enthusiasm for swimming at Hongkong pools – but beneath these serene mornings and picturesque vistas lies a hidden sense of danger that has many questioning whether Hongkong’s pool system is fit for purpose. A series of water contamination incidents has raised many eyebrows among citizens as many doubt its safety and reliability.
Hongkong’s pools are not only great spots for exercise and relaxation; they have also become iconic attractions. Perched atop some of Hong Kong’s highest buildings, these swimming hotspots provide unparalleled views of its skyline – with comfortable daybeds offering ideal spots to unwind and soak up some sun!
Victoria Peak Pool, one of Hong Kong’s most iconic landmarks, boasts one of the city’s most breathtaking vantage points with breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour and skyline. Furthermore, this pool features fun water installations like mushroom and tree-shaped fountains as well as some of the fastest waterslides worldwide.
Ma On Shan Swimming Complex stands out as another notable pool, featuring a spacious main pool accompanied by spectator stands that can hold 1,200 spectators and four waterslides, two of which have been recognized as world’s fastest slides. Furthermore, this location houses smaller training and teaching pools as well as a toddler pool.
One of the most fascinating places for swimming is at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong’s 118th floor swimming pool, considered to be the highest rooftop pool worldwide, boasting floor-to-ceiling windows that offer spectacular city views as well as its eye-catching mosaic wall – an excellent Instagram backdrop!
To gain access to this enchanting pool, sign up for the hotel’s annual wellness membership and gain full access to it as well as fitness classes and a fitness centre. Membership costs HK$65,000 per person or HK$120,000 for couples; benefits of which include free wellness consultations and spa credit.
Leisure and Cultural Services Department runs Hong Kong’s public swimming pools, most of which feature two 50m pools as well as shallow areas designed to welcome kids. There are three sessions daily: 6:30am-12:00, 1:00-6:00 and 7:00-10:00pm; lockers can be rented with coin (refundable) to gain entry or bring their own padlock if preferred.
Public swimming pools typically feature additional amenities beyond regular poolside amenities, including snack bars and drinks stands, saunas and steam baths. Each pool also employs specialized cleaning and maintenance staff who ensure its facilities remain in top shape – this team ensures water quality meets required standards and is regularly tested to ensure it remains safe to swim in.