Hong Kong has closed several of its government-run beaches and hiking trails across the city in the wake of the record-breaking rainfall the territory experienced over the past weekend. There were also 1,615 reports of fallen trees caused earlier this month by Typhoon Saola, the first T10-strength typhoon to hit the SAR in five years.

On Friday night, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department announced that all of its 42 gazetted beaches will be closed indefinitely so that authorities could clear them of debris caused by the rain. While 15 beaches have so far been reopened between Saturday and Wednesday, the remaining 27 beaches remain closed.

The reopened beaches are:

  • Tuen Mun: Kadoorie Beach, Cafeteria New Beach, Golden Beach, and Butterfly Beach
  • Sai Kung: Hap Mun Bay Beach, Trio Beach, and Silverstrand Beach
  • Tuen Wan: Casam Beach, Anglers’ Beach, Lido Beach, Ting Kau Beach, and Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach
  • Hong Kong Island (South District): Deep Water Bay Beach, South Bay Beach and Middle Bay Beach
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In addition, the Agricultural, Fisheries and Conservation Department also closed several hiking trails after Typhoon Saola struck the city, and added more to its closure list after September 8:

Shing Mun Country TrackLead Mine Track &
Reservoir Section
Kiu Tsui Country TrackSharp Island Country Trail
Pat Sin LengPat Sin Leng Country Footpath
North Hok Tau Reservoir Family Walk
Tai Po Kau Nature ReserveYellow Walk & Brown Walk
Shek OHong Kong Trail Section 8
near Pottinger Gap
Tai TamTai Tam Reservoir Road
Tai TamHong Kong Forest Track —
Boa Vista Track Section
Tai TamTai Tam Reservoir Road to
Tsin Shui Wan Au
Ma On Shan Country ParkFei Ngo Shan Road
Quarry BayHong Pak Country Trail
AberdeenBlack’s Link near
Hong Kong Trail Section 4
Tai TongExit of Tai Tong
Nature Trail
New Territories Central
District City Gate
Shing Mun Barbecue
Area Site No. 9
Lantau South Country ParkSouth Lantau Country Trail
Jat’s InclineMorning Walker’s Garden
Tsiu HangTsiu Hang Nature Trail
Clear Water BayClear Water Bay Tree Walk
The Hong Kong trails closed because of repair work after Typhoon Saola and the rains on September 8, 2023
See also
The 10 Best Hiking Trails For Families And Experienced Hikers In Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Observatory has issued a Landslip Warning, which cautions people against going to steep slopes or hilly areas. The meteorological body forecasts that the rest of Monday will be cloudy and that there will be heavy thunderstorms in some parts of the territory.

Header image credits: Jackie & Dennis and 57Andrew via Flickr

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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