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Family Fun Things to Do : Geocaching

Victoria Peak coffee shop
Caches can be found at Victoria Peak, the top HK tourist attraction

The Scoop

If you're traveling to Hong Kong with kids, finding fun things for them to do would be part of the challenge especially when it comes to a strange and foreign land. So here is something to help you: geocaching. If your kids like treasure hunts, they might just like it. Below is a 75-second introduction video.

The Prep

Since it may be a little hard to start out cold in unfamiliar territories, start playing it with your family right where you live before you travel to Hong Kong. There're 'caches' just about everywhere in the world. And it's easy to get started if you have a smart phone - most of which are equipped with a GPS. Below are the simple steps.

The Steps

  1. Sign up for a free account at the Geocache website (no we don't get a commission!)
  2. Download the free Geocaching app for your phone.
  3. Locate a cache near you - or anywhere for that matter.
  4. Go find it!

You can find out more about it at their official site:

http://www.geocaching.com/guide/ SCMP reported on it: "Cache me if you can: geocaching has Hongkongers discovering their inner Indiana Jones, with a little help from a GPS"

The List

Here's the list of hidden treasures in Hong Kong:

Helpful Hints

When a hunter finds a geocache, he usually writes a brief note on the log online. And they tend to have their own abbreviations and acronyms. Here's a list of some:
  • Cache - no, not cash! This is the shortened form of 'geocache': the hidden container and what it contains
  • TFTC - thanks for the cache
  • GZ - ground zero, where the geocache is hidden
  • SL - signed log
  • TB - travel bug: "A trackable tag with a unique code that can be attached to an item. The trackable is then carried from cache to cache (or person to person) in the real world, and its progress can be followed..." (Check the official website for more info.)
  • The more complete geocaching glossary

Photos

a geocache explained - container, 'travel bugs', log sheet

A geocache with the container, log sheet, and travel bugs.

a clever geocache hidden in plain sight in Kowloon Park

A clever geocache hidden in plain sight in Kowloon Park

a nano cache container

A nano cache found in the Mid-Levels area. The size of the container is slightly smaller than a dice! Yes, with hints, you can find it!

Maybe some day you'll start hiding your own caches. I had fun hiding some for my family to find their Christmas gifts, complete with a psuedo-geocache clickable map. And part of the fun is creating the whole thing and disguising the caches.

 
Victoria Tower
Peak Tower, a little shopping center on Victoria Peak
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