Ever dreamt of flying? Paragliding is probably the best way to experience the life of an eagle. The sport gained popularity in the West and was introduced to Hong Kong in 1992.
So far, there are eight approved locations for paragliding in Hong Kong under appropriate weather and conditions, including Long Ke, Sai Wan, Shek O, Lan Tau, Ma On Shan and more. At present, there are about 200 regular paragliders in the city.
How is Paragliding Like?
Unlike a lot of sports, paragliding requires mostly skills and experience, rather than physical stamina. You’ll need the wits of an amateur meteorologist to predict thermal columns of rising air to remain buoyant.
Flying time and distance depend on experience and weather. Conditions must be just right, and for a relaxed flying experience, you need the wits of an amateur meteorologist to predict thermal columns of rising air to remain buoyant, like an eagle.
For example, the most experienced paragliders can U-turn and land back on the cliff to enjoy the thrill of repeated take-offs. But for the less experienced, they may not be able to navigate as brilliantly and may, therefore, turn sideways and nosedived into bushes. That would be a pain as you’ll have to make the arduous hike back up.
How to become a Qualified Paraglider?
If you want to become a professional and qualified paragliding pilot, you will have to complete a both P1 (HK$8,000; 10 lessons) and P2 course (HK$12,000; 16 lessons) and pass the written test. Check out X-FLY Hong Kong for more details.
But… what if I just want a one-time fun?
If you just want to have a taste of flying in the sky, you can opt to join the 1-day trial (HK$1,600) in which you will fly with the pilot together. You don’t need any flying skill, all you need is just to follow the instructions given by the instructor, sit back and enjoy the amazing view!
X-FLY Hong Kong
email@example.com ; 6170 6615 (Coach Sing)
Fee: HK$1,600 (3 – 4 hours from pick up to drop off; 10-20 minutes flying time depending on weather condition; book 2 weeks in advance)