22nd November, 2015
Ry and I had wanted to go to Inspiration Lake for ages so we finally got round to paying it a visit towards the end of last year.
Inspiration Lake, officially known as The Inspiration Lake Recreation Centre, is a 12-hectare artificial lake located on Lantau Island. The lake opened in 2005 and was created as part of the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.
As we had to stop off at Disneyland, we obviously made the most of the free area of Disneyland with its magical music, palm tree-lined walkway and the fab weather.
I’ve never been to LA, but this is how I imagine it to be.
Minus the music.
I remember loving Disneyland as soon as I got here for the first time way back in 2013 with Sarah, because there’s an awesome water fountain spouting from a whale.
Oh, and Mickey Mouse is surfing on it.
After a brief foray into the world of Disney, we walked over to the lake, which took around 15 minutes from the Disneyland MTR station. However, if you’re feeling lazy, there’s a free shuttle bus that runs every 15 minutes from their Transport Interchange.
The walk is pretty chilled, with lots of palm trees dotted along the way and no high-rise buildings in sight.
We made it!
The entire Recreation Centre has a total area of about 30 hectares and consists of the 12-hectare lake (the largest artificial lake in HK), a boat centre, arboretum (a botanical garden devoted to trees), 1,500m jobbing trail with exercise areas and a children’s playground.
As it was surprisingly hot that day, we picked up a couple of cold treats from the local 7/11.
We wanted to go on the pedal boats but unfortunately all they had all been booked up by the time that we arrived at around 4pm.
If you’re more organized than us and get there earlier, the pedal boat and bike rental services are available from 10am-5pm.
Pedal boat hire cost: $150 per hour for a 4-seater pedal boat, $120 per hour for a 2-seater.
Bike hire cost: $120 per hour for a 4-seater bike, $100 per hour for a 2-seater.
As we visited on a Sunday, the place was full of families having picnics and photography of all kinds!
We saw people taking photos for their graduation, weddings, pregnancies etc.
Inspiration Lake is beautiful and one of those rare parts of HK with more nature than buildings.
We’d definitely recommend a visit.
It opens daily from 9am-7pm and entrance is free, so no excuses 😉
After walking around the whole lake, we popped home to Skype Ry’s parents before heading out to Langham Place for a quick dinner at Genki Sushi and to watch Spectre at the cinema.
The film was alright but I remember it feeling a bit long and dull compared to the other Daniel Craig numbers.
We also vlogged this day, so go check it out 😉