There’s no doubt that Geocaching in Hong Kong can be filled with adventure. You will find that other countries in Asia (like Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, and even mainland China) just don’t have many geocaches to go after. Perhaps Geocaching hasn’t reached this part of the world in full effect, or maybe it just hasn’t caught on there? I’m not quite sure. But Geocaching in other Asian countries has really taken off, including Hong Kong.
Geocaching in Hong Kong
Countries like Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong have an abundance of great geocaches for people to discover! I’ve also learned that these countries have great geocaching communities, and they have so much creativity in hiding caches for both locals and travelers. Even with multiple visits to Hong Kong, we always look forward to our geocaching expeditions.
Geocaching in Hong Kong’s Parks
Geocaching in Hong Kong is similar to caching in a big city in the US. There are usually some great geocaches hidden around town, at shopping markets or historic sights, but where can you guarantee there will be a geocache? The park!
Parks tend to be one of our favorite places to go caching because they are so peaceful, and a welcome break from all the sightseeing (especially if it’s super hot outside). It’s nice to take a stroll down the paths, not having to avoid bumping into people on the sidewalk or waiting at crowded street corners waiting for the crossing lights. You can just relax and explore.
The first park that we went in search of a Geocache was the enormous Kowloon Park. After wandering around the park for a while, admiring the gardens, the aviary, and flamingos, we were ready to start searching.
Unfortunately, the cache we were going for was much trickier than we thought. After quite some time looking, we needed more of a clue…and some helpful photos! We were using our Garmin handheld GPS but needed to get our cell phone out to look it up. As travelers, we are always nervous to bring the cell phone out because we don’t want to accidentally incur some outrageous roaming cell phone charges!
But that’s when we discovered the best part of Geocaching in Hong Kong, FREE wi-fi!
Stumbling Across Free Wifi while Geocaching in Hong Kong
To our amazement the park had free wifi. We couldn’t quite believe it and weren’t sure what we needed to do to sign on. Then we spotted this sign nearby, which confirmed our suspicion and gave us more information on how to sign on.
Sure enough, it worked like a charm! By using the free Hong Kong city Wi-Fi, we were able to find the clues and make the find without worrying about an expensive cell phone bill. This made our geocaching experience in the park complete, and it added to our love of Hong Kong even more!
More Geocaching in Hong Kong
The next day we took a walk on the famous Avenue of the Stars, along the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade overlooking on Victoria Harbour. Avenue of the Stars and Promenade is a must for all travelers to Hong Kong, and it is a great Free Activity in Hong Kong.
Here we could admire the panoramic view of Victoria Harbour and the skyline across the way on Hong Kong Island. Then we took some time to spot Jackie Chan’s handprints on the ground and the legendary Bruce Lee statue. For those of you Bruce Lee fans out there looking for an additional adventure, there is also a Bruce Lee Multi-Cache that you can go for too!
While we were having a great time, we were ready to start hunting for a cache. Unfortunately, after quite some time we found ourselves in the same predicament as we did in Kowloon Park, we needed an extra hint. So I pulled out my cell phone again and sure enough, the Hong Kong city Wi-Fi was especially strong here on the along the Harbour!
Having WiFi was a Great GPS Backup in Hong Kong
Throughout the trip, we continued our geocaching adventures around town. The journey took us to a number of beautiful places, as well as historic spots around the city. We really loved having the wifi as a back up in many of the popular areas of town, in case we had any trouble finding a cache.
Hong Kong Geocaching Community
Living just across the border and a couple of hours from Hong Kong in our city of Guangzhou, China, it’s nice to know that there is such a great geocaching community close by. From what we have seen, the group has a lot of fun together, and they hold a number of events quite frequently.
I think that having a close-knit, fun, and active community of geocachers can help foster the creativity of the group too. Come on…look at this Travel Bug Hotel that we found, this thing is crazy awesome – I don’t even know where to begin! We had to give this one a favorite point (as many others have) because our minds were blown!
Thanks so much to this awesome community of Geocachers in Hong Kong for some really great caches. And thanks to the city for providing such great wifi service, enabling us to really enjoy our experience even more. Our next Geocaching adventure leads us on an FTF Geocaching adventure around Disneyland Hong Kong.