Leisure and Cultural Activities for the Elderly

As we advance in age, pursuing an active and healthy lifestyle becomes ever more important. Here you can learn about the leisure and cultural services and activities available in Hong Kong for the elderly to keep fit physically and mentally.

Community Support Services

The elderly can enjoy fruitful lives and keep in touch with the community by taking part in a diversity of activities provided by the Government. They can also enjoy concessions and priority services.

Senior Citizen Card

All Hong Kong residents aged 65 or above are eligible for a Senior Citizen Card, which facilitates their access to concessions, discounts and priority services offered by Government departments, public companies, as well as private and commercial organisations. Issue of the first card is free of charge. Applications can be made by post or in person by the applicant or someone else on his/her behalf. Details of the Senior Citizen Card Office are as below:

The Senior Citizen Card Office
Room 2204, 22/F, Southorn Centre
130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Hong Kong

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:45 am-1 pm and 2 -6:00 pm
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays
Tel: 3583 2959
Fax: 2573 0079

More on the Senior Citizen Card scheme

Elderly Centre Services

The elderly are encouraged to visit the elderly centres in their district or neighbourhood and participate in various cultural, educational and recreational activities to broaden their social networks.

More on elderly centre services

Cultural Activities

Senior Citizens aged 60 or above can enjoy a wide range of cultural programmes and activities organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Departrment (LCSD) at discounted fees. The seven fee-charging museums managed by the LCSD provide concession tickets for senior citizens aged 60 or above. Admission is free to all on Wednesdays. Admission charged programmes and free events can be found on the following webpages:

Cultural event listingsMore on Hong Kong's Heritage and Museums

For a more active day out, the elderly may like to take part in themed local walks, cultural and heritage tours or visits to attractions near Hong Kong's border with the Mainland.

More on exploring Hong Kong

In addition to the rich collections of library materials, the Hong Kong Public Libraries offers a variety of programmes in reading, literature, culture and healthy lives, including talks and workshops on different topics that are suitable for the elderly.

Programme calendar for Hong Kong Public LibrariesHighlights of the libraries' programme calendar

Recreational and Sports Activities

Being active helps the elderly to stay healthy, LCSD provides them with numerous activities free of charge. For example, the Healthy Elderly Scheme provides activities including Tai Chi, social dance, table tennis and badminton.

Other than those free activities specially organised for the elderly, persons aged 60 or above can hire LCSD leisure facilities or enrol in normal recreation and sports activities organised by LCSD at a concessionary rate of 50%.

Information of LCSD leisure facilities and activitiesProgramme list for activities in the Healthy Elderly Scheme

(Select the "Healthy Elderly Scheme" in the column "All Activities Types", and click "Search")

The Healthy Exercise For All Campaign encourages people of all ages to recognise the benefits of regular exercise.

More on the Healthy Exercise For All Campaign

There are many walking trails suitable for the elderly and many country parks offer educational programmes on flora and fauna, conservation and the history of the area.

More on The Hiking SchemeMore on Hong Kong's country parksMore on family walksMore on hiking safety tipsWeather Information for Senior Citizens

The elderly and their carers may also visit the Cheung Muk Tau Holiday Centre for the Elderly in Sai Kung and enjoy the camping facilities there throughout the day or stay overnight.

More on the Holiday Centre for the Elderly
Last revision date: November 2016