Keep their faces bright and their boots dirty with fun-filled family days out.
It’s amazing really, just how much rural life there is in Hong Kong, and it’s all right alongside our bustling metropolis. Not only can children experience days at the beach or up a mountain but they can also experience life on the farm. With fruit and veggies a plenty, your child will have a fantastic time picking their own berries, petting friendly farm animals and breathing in some quality fresh air. They will also love learning about farm life and can take classes along the way. And because there are several options, we’ve done the legwork of finding family-friendly Hong Kong farms for you.
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Hong Kong Farms In The New Territories
Calling all the pineapple lovers out there! At Go Green Organic farm, you can see how these deliciously sweet fruits are grown and try some pineapple delicacies (naturally!). The farm dishes up everything from fresh pineapple, ice-cream, homemade pineapple jams and cakes to Chinese favourites like the pineapple bun (that actually contains pineapple!) and pineapple pork-chop rice. It’s not all fruity goodness – there’s a children’s play area with swings, slides, sandpit, trampoline and bouncy castle, as well as friendly alpacas to feed. Entry is $150 for adults and $100 for kids aged 3 to 12 years which includes your farm visit and several play activities. Feeding the alpacas is an extra $60 per person.
How to get there: Take the MTR to Kam Sheung Road. It is a 3-minute walk from exit A. Parking is also available at the MTR station.
Kam Tin doesn’t just offer strawberry picking but gives you the opportunity to taste strawberries from various parts of the world. With 100,000 square feet of strawberries to choose from, your mouth will be watering the second you arrive. Just be aware, strawberries are seasonal – so double check before you head over! There is also a range of other facilities from petting lambs to an archery range, and the kids will love the playground – there really is something for everyone! It is also equipped with a large BBQ area if you feel like making a day of it.
How to get there: Take the MTR and get off at Kam Sheung Road West Rail Station, Exit D. Take minibus No. 601 to the farm.
Sassy Mama tip: If it is strawberries picking season that you’re after, the season runs from December to the end of March/ early April.
This lovely organic farm lets you pick from a range of fruits and vegetables including watermelons and strawberries, lettuce, ginger, tomatoes and water spinach. You can also take farming classes, sauce making classes or get the little ones involved in some art jamming. You can even rent your own plot of land if you’d like to take up farming and grow your own produce.
How to get there: Take the MTR and get off at Kam Sheung Road West Rail Station, exit A. It is about a 15-minute walk.
Step onto the expansive, 250,000 square foot, Zen Organic Farm in Ta Kwu Ling and be transported to another, greener world! You’ll find all sorts of carrots, heirloom tomatoes, sweet peppers and eggplants in a rainbow of colours and varieties. A visit is just $30 (which is redeemable in fresh produce), but be sure to contact them in advance as walk-ins aren’t accepted.
How to get there: Take the MTR to Fanling Station and take exit C. Then catch minibus number 52K to Ping Che terminus. From there it’s a 20-minute stroll by following the signposts. You can also take a taxi from Fanling Station for approximately $60.
This is a great little spot for a family day out in the fresh air. There are a variety of farm animals for the kids to interact with as well as crops in the botanical garden. Once you’ve explored the grounds you’ll want to save time for the slides and playground! Individual entry is $120 and a membership form must be filled out in advance. This will allow you to bring up to six guests and book your visit online.
How to get there: Take the MTR to Sheung Shui and then it’s about a 10-minute taxi ride to the farm (approximately $40).
This lovely little spot outside Tai Po has a variety of crops in its farm plots as well as animals like goats, rabbits and alpacas that children can interact with. There are a number of classes you can book the kids into including cooking classes using the butterfly pea as the main ingredient, crafts and, of course, organic farming. Even if you don’t book into a class, there’s still the playground, flower gardens and even paddle boats to take out on the lake. Certainly, plenty to keep the little ones occupied! Adult tickets cost $200 and kids aged 3 to 12 years are $150 (under 3s are free). Entry includes a ride on the paddle boats, bouncy castle for the kids and some craft activities.
How to get there: Take minibus 20M from Tai Po Centre or 20P from Tai Po Market MTR station. There is also parking available.
This farm is free to visit (with a $20 admission to enter the greenhouses) with an onsite café, fish pond and shop making it an easy outing with the kids in tow. You can also book a 30-minute guided tour in English or Cantonese ($30 to be booked in advance) or on weekends and public holidays take advantage of the special package which includes transfers from Kam Sheung Road MTR, half a catty of self-picked produce, a handicraft workshop along with your farm visit ($98 per person to be booked in advance). Don’t forget to pick up some fresh, home-grown seasonal produce while you’re there.
How to get there: Take the MTR to Kam Sheung Road and then it’s about a 10-minute taxi ride to the farm.
Editor’s note: HKFYG Organic Farm is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please contact them directly before arranging your visit.
Living Farm is a great option for families who want to get their hands dirty with some actual farming. Rather than observing rural life, Living Farm allows you to rent your own plot and cultivate your own fruits, vegetables and herbs. They’ll provide the tools, fertilizers and seeds (and even handle the garden care if you wish), so you can simply come along and enjoy your harvest. Plot rental prices vary so best to get in touch to discuss your options.
How to get there: Take minibus 25A from Tai Wo MTR Station. Hop off at Tai Hang Garden.
Hong Kong Farms On Outlying Islands
This little herb farm makes for a great stop on your day out in Lamma Island. Smell the organic herbs, grab a cup of organic tea from the teahouse and relax in the beautiful surroundings. Alongside the herbs that are for sale, there are also many herbal medicines and soaps to purchase.
How to get there: Take the ferry from either Central or Aberdeen to Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island. From there it is about a 20-minute walk.
This lovely farm has loads for children to discover. They can learn to compost and plant, they can also try their hand at making a scarecrow, observing bees in their hives or go pond dipping. Allow at least half a day for these activities and bring a few friends along to maximise your kid’s enjoyment. It also offers a wide range of fruit and vegetables from aubergines, beetroot and spearmint to curry leaves and will deliver direct to your door.
How to get there: Take the ferry to Mui Wo and it’s about a 25-minute walk.
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Think you’ve been there and done that in Tai O Fishing Village? Why not add on a visit to Yi O farm. It’ll take a bit of organisation, but you’ll be rewarded with a unique experience in a remote village with over 200 years of history. As more and more villagers left for the city, the traditional farming practises looked like they would be lost. But, with some leadership, the area has been revitalised and rice paddies planted. This one is best suited to an adventure with your older kids or teens who are up for learning a bit about history and culture.
How to get there: First you’ll need to get to Tai O by taking either the #11 bus from Tung Chung or the ferry from Tung Chung or Tuen Mun. Then it’s 45 to 60-minute walk along Section 7 of the Lantau Trail. Alternatively, contact the farm in advance and arrange a boat transfer from Tai O (about 10 to 15 minutes on the water).
Sassy Mama tip: If you’d like to try some of the products made in Yi O without trekking all the way to Lantau, check out the online store Jou Sun and have it delivered to your door.
Just a few minutes’ walk from the heart of Discovery Bay, Grandpa’s Garden is a little organic garden run by a lovely elderly couple in Nim Shue Wan. They sell vegetables, herbs and fruit and rent plots of land to many DB residents. Take your kids here for a great adventure and pick up some freshly picked veggies for dinner! You can also rent your own plot of land and grow your own produce here.
Grandpa’s Garden, Nim Shue Wan, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 9137 0640
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published by Carrie Johnson in February 2018 and updated by Jess Mizzi in September 2020