Diving Overview for China
China is a massive country rich in culture and home to many amazing sites both on land and underwater. Unfortunately many parts of the South China Sea have been destroyed by fisherman however there is a growing awareness of the need to protect these waters and there are some hidden gems with beautiful corals and fish around China coast.
Scuba diving in China is a young industry offering some very unusual dive locations; you can dive the sunken Lion City, a village that was submerged by a lake, and it is even possible to dive the great Wall of China!
Hong Kong island is often known for its busy business district and night life however, country parks cover over 41,000 hectares (approx 38% of the entire city) -so much more than just skyscrapers!
The city of Hong Kong has a large community of divers that are active in Hong Kong waters, especially in summer when the waters are warmer and visibility is better. Sai Kung East Country Park is considered to offer some of the best diving off the beaches of Tai Long Wan. Sai Kung is the drop of point for diving with many day trips along the coast, there are some 200 islands located around the island and with over 300 species of fishes and some 80 corals to found. Many local operators run overnight trips to islands in the China waters (for example, to Pedro Bianco which lies 85km east of Hong Kong).
Note that the visibility can be variable and waters can be cold outside of summer.
For all bargain hunter out there, the City is famous for shopping and same goes for diving equipment as HK is one of the best locations in Asia, prices are reasonable so stock up while you are there!
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