According to the planning standards and guidelines of the Planning Department in October 2015, the following key trends in recreation and leisure activities were identified.
- Activities undertaken at home, such as watching TV, near home such as going to playgrounds, walking and jogging, and active sports such as swimming and badminton are the most popular types of recreation and leisure activities.
- Substantial demand for more passive open space near home (e.g. public garden) and improvement in the quality of facilities (e.g. planting, new equipment and lighting) because of the ageing population.
- Increasing popularity of water sports.
Apart from the above, there are still several recent trends and development in recreation and leisure.
- Increasing popularity of sports competitions, festivals and music concerts. More people are interested in these events. According to the Survey on Current Situation and Development of Performance Industry in Hong Kong done by Public Opinion Programme, The University of Hong Kong, 30% of the interviewees watched at least one music concert in Hong Kong within one year and 20% of the interviewees watched at least one music concert outside Hong Kong. Also, more foreign singers or artists willing to hold concerts or fan meetings in Hong Kong.
Chapter 4 : Recreation, Open Space and Greening (2015). Retrieved November 20, 2015 from The Government of the HKSAR, The Planning Department Web site: http://www.pland.gov.hk/pland_en/tech_doc/hkpsg/full/ch4/ch4_text.htm#1.4
Survey on Current Situation and Development of Performance Industry in Hong Kong (2013). Retrieved November 20, 2015 from The University of Hong Kong, Public Opinion Programme Web site: https://www.hkupop.hku.hk/english/report/Etymon_Live%20MusicShow/index.html