Hong Kong Pools – The Best Places to Cool Off in the Heat

When the mercury starts to rise, there’s no better way to cool down than with a dip in one of Hong Kong’s 44 public swimming pools. Some even come with water slides and other kiddie facilities that make for a great family outing. Plus, admission is cheap: HK$17 for adults during the week and HK$19 on weekends and public holidays.

The pools are open to both residents and non-residents, though you will need a membership to swim during peak times. The fees include free parking, use of the gym and changing rooms, and access to a variety of wellness classes. Memberships are available for a year and start at HK$65,000 per person, or HK$120,000 for couples.

Pool safety rules include no diving, running on the deck, pushing or dunking other swimmers. You can also only wear cotton, synthetic fibre swim suits (no ‘cut offs’ or boxer shorts) and, to maintain the family-friendly environment, adult swimsuits of a sexually suggestive nature are not allowed. Children under three must be fully toilet trained and wear a swim diaper, while anyone who is not wearing a swimsuit must wear a waterproof protective cover-up.

Aside from being a fun way to spend the day, swimming offers several health benefits. Not only is it a good cardio workout, but it can help to improve balance and coordination, boost immunity and strengthen the heart and muscles. In addition, it can also alleviate stress and improve mental well-being. It is also a great way to relieve the effects of depression, insomnia, and anxiety.

While the city has a handful of indoor pools, the best outdoor pools in Nashville are found at Wave Country and Centennial Sportsplex. These are maintained by the Nashville Metro Parks and Recreation department and offer free admission during open and lap swimming hours. The department also offers a variety of summer youth camps and swim lessons.

Aside from these local swimming spots, the city has many resort-style pools for those looking to treat themselves and their families to a little luxury. The most popular is the W pool, a stunning infinity-edged pool that provides spectacular views of the skyline and Victoria Harbour. It also features a mosaic wall that makes for a perfect backdrop to a summer selfie. Guests can enjoy cocktails, snacks and meals at the poolside bar or take in the view from the lounge chairs and cabanas.