Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said that office workers could go for a swim in the harbour after lunch if a harbourfront swimming area was set up in Central.

“Swimming for 20 minutes after lunch is a good alternative to going to the gym,” he wrote in his latest blog post published on Tuesday. He suggested building a modernised swimming area in the harbour near the International Finance Centre in Central.

Photo: GovHK.

The idea is unlikely to make a splash with the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The department often states that “they [swimmers] are advised not to swim after a full meal and should use the toilet facilities if necessary before swimming”.

Harbour angling zones

In his blog post, Leung also wrote about the establishment of angling zones mentioned in his policy address this year. Leung said that he had met with chairpersons of 18 district councils and asked them to consider the locations of angling zones.

He mentioned that three such zones would be set up by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department as early as next year, including Central and Western District Promenade (Central Section), harbour fronts in Tsing Yi and in Pak Shek Kok, Tai Po.

CY Leung plans to build a angling area in Tsing Yi Promenade. Photo: Wikicommons.

Leung also said that a Hong Kong Angling Association member was “overjoyed” to hear that angling in Central is possible.

“Actually I have always hoped to use the good harbour for recreational purposes in Central, a world renowned commercial centre area,” Leung said.

Additional reporting: Hermina Wong.

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.