Looking for somewhere new to explore with the family? Here's a great list of things to do in South Horizons (as told by a resident of the neighbourhood).
We love digging into different neighbourhoods to give you the low down. From the artsy district of Sheung Wan to the islands of Peng Chau and Cheung Chau, each part of the city has its own unique feeling. South Horizons in Ap Lei Chau district – occupied by hillside, village houses, farmland and a sea bay prior to modern development – is now a vibrant place buzzing with activity. Thankfully this once sleepy district now has plenty to offer, especially for families, so here’s our guide on things to do in South Horizons.
Things to do in South Horizons
1. Promenade and Park(s)
An 800-metre-long promenade gives you the opportunity to take a scenic walk while burning calories. Watch a spectacular sunset with the windmills of Lamma Island in the background, and the company of fishing boats and fancy yachts heading into the Aberdeen harbor to dock for the day. We bet you won’t be taking your hand off the camera shutter! The promenade is lined by 50 plant species, and nature lovers can learn more about them by looking at their information boards, while they wait to catch a look at a flight of birds heading back home. Early morning enthusiasts have reason to rejoice as various Tai Chi groups dot the promenade, while joggers can be seen at all times of the day (and night). The promenade also boasts free outdoor gym facilities and table tennis. While here, let your kids play at one of the many big and small parks dotting the promenade. But beware of tantrums while going home what with the variety of swings, slides, rockers, see-saws and merry-go-rounds at their disposal.
2. Bafang Dumpling
This Taiwanese Dumpling chain is a hidden gem, and certainly worth a visit if you’re looking for things to do in South Horizons. Located right next to the clubhouse near Marina Square, this place can be easily missed if you are walking too fast. But, if you manage to get inside, there is a world of culinary delights waiting for you. You’ll find a variety of boiled/pan-fried dumplings, which can be washed down by delicious bubble teas. Our recommendation? Passion fruit green tea with tapioca and jelly. The whole meal, including the tea will cost you – wait for it – under $50! Umm, we can already hear that rumble in your belly!
Bafang Dumpling, Shop 5, G/F, Marina Square West Centre, South Horizons, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong, p. 25187678, 鴨脷洲海怡半島海怡西商場地下5號舖
3. Prada Outlet
Would you believe us if we said that this area houses one of Asia’s ONLY two Prada factory outlets – the other being in New Territories? Yes, you heard it right. You can get older collections of Prada handbags, shades and belts anywhere between 50-80% off on the original price. The discounted items are available between $2000-$8000, and some items with minor defects are even cheaper! You can get amazing deals at out-of-season fashion – meaning if you want to buy smart, stock up on winter coats in summer and beach wear during winters. The store, located on the second floor of Marina East and a stone’s throw from the MTR exit, also stocks products from sister brand Miu Miu. Definitely one of the best things to do in South Horizons if you’re a fashion fan.
Psst: Queue up well before the opening time to have a first look at new arrivals.
Prada Outlet, 2/F Marina Square East, South Horizons, Ap Lei Chai, p. 2814 9576, 香港鴨脷洲海怡半島東翼商場2樓 Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday (10.30 – 19.30) and Monday and public holiday (1200 – 1900)
4. Mobile library
Bookworms, you are in luck! You can save a trip to the public library, and yet get your share of biblichor as a mobile library – with a good selection of English and Chinese books for kids and adults – is stationed outside Marina West every Monday (10 am – 6 pm). You can even borrow other media like CDs from the library.
Though there are amphitheatres in every phase of this residential society, the main one on the promenade is buzzing with activities on every festival. You can see magic shows, daredevil stunts, games and dance performances on Chinese New Year, Christmas and New Year. People of different nationalities residing in South Horizons also utilize the space to gather and celebrate their own festivals.
6. MCL Cinemas
Tired of exploring the region all day long? Grab some soda and popcorn, as you watch the latest Chinese, English, and the occasional Hindi movies at MCL, situated on the top floor of Marina East. What’s more, they have concessions for senior citizens ($25-$45), special morning and midnight show offers ($45), and amazing food offers!
Fun fact: This is the only cinema in Ap Lei Chau district.
MCL South Horizons Cinema, 4/F, East Commercial Block, 18A South Horizons Drive, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong, p. 2180 7326, 鴨脷洲海怡路18A海怡半島商場東翼4樓