One of a Kind Sports and Athletic Events in the Fall in Hong Kong
As summer temperatures start to drop every year in Hong Kong, excitement rises as the region prepares to host a thrilling line-up of sporting events involving international athletes and spectators from around the globe. For travelers who love to watch – or even participate in! – athletic events, Hong Kong Sports Month – which actually spans the autumn season - is the most exciting time to visit.
Hong Kong Cyclothon
The anchor event of Hong Kong Sports Month is the Hong Kong Cyclothon. This event features an international line-up of racers competing on a challenging course with three tunnels and three bridges. The route covers a number of iconic buildings and main roads in Hong Kong, and draws a great number of avid cyclists from around the globe. The event showcases not only the sport, but also the city’s spectacular scenery.
World First: Formula E - for Electric!
Sports events are exciting, but this one is ‘electrifying’! Formula E is the world’s first fully-electric racing series, where energy, entertainment and the environment come together in urban street racing. This first-of-its-kind international event on the Central Harbourfront in October 2016 is the biggest motorsport event ever held in Hong Kong. It weaves its way through an urban circuit approximately two kilometers in length, featuring long straights, hairpin bends, and stunning views of the harbor and Hong Kong’s skyline.
Hong Kong Tennis Open
Anyone for tennis? The Hong Kong Tennis Open takes place in October. This event, organized by the Hong Kong Tennis Association, is a Women’s Tennis Association-sanctioned International Series Event. Players compete for a prize of USD $250,000 over seven days and draws some of the brightest starts in the world of women’s tennis.
Hong Kong Sprint Triathlon Asian Cup
Also in October, the Hong Kong Sprint Triathlon Asian Cup takes place over on Lantau Island. This challenging sporting event, open to men and women, involves swimming, cycling and running with everyone competing for fitness and the prize purses.
Hong Kong’s Cross Harbour Swimming Race
Swimmers - or those who love to watch aquatic sports – shouldn’t miss Hong Kong’s Cross Harbour Race. The name nearly says it all, but doesn't describe the spectacle of 1,000 contestants swimming across Victoria Harbour. This is an historic event in Hong Kong which took place annually from 1906 to 1979, when it was suspended. But it was resumed in 2011 and has been going strong ever since, bringing happy memories to those who have been involved over the years and playing an important role in promoting the sport of swimming in Hong Kong and abroad.