Autumn's joys

Autumn's joys

From taking pictures to going on long walks, our junior reporters talk about some cool things to do at this time of year

1. In the summer heat, we sweat a lot and lack the energy to do things outdoors. Now that cooler weather is here, we can take advantage of all the great hiking trails around Hong Kong, especially in the New Territories. My favourite hiking spot, though, is the Dragon's Back trail on Hong Kong Island. There, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and the fresh sea air.

Seung Jae Jay Lee, 13

2. When the weather gets really cold, you need no excuse to stay indoors and curl up with your favourite book and a cup of steaming hot chocolate. In December, you can snuggle up with your family and watch your favourite Christmas movies: my picks are Home Alone, How The Grinch Stole Christmas and A Nightmare Before Christmas.

Ruby Leung, 14

3. If you are starting to worry about what Christmas or New Year's gifts to buy for your friends and family, why not create something yourself instead? You can take up knitting or sewing. A handmade scarf or hat is a thoughtful gift. You simply need to grab some yarn and needles and find a comfy spot. It's a great hobby that you can take up with some friends to help each other out.

Joyce Kan, 14, and Jeulianne Bilan, 16

4. Everywhere you look, people are taking pictures. So why not grab a camera and join in? Now that it is pleasantly cool outside, you can head off to the nearest country park or mountain trail. That's your chance to capture some beautiful moments in nature. Or else, take to the streets and snap pictures of the many vibrant moments our city has to offer every day.

Emma Tsoi, 14

5. Banish shorts and T-shirts to the back of your wardrobe and dig out your warmer winter clothes. The cooler months are a great time to get creative with your outfits by experimenting with layering and accessorising.

Charlotte Chan, 12

6. I love to go jogging with friends during the cooler evenings while enjoying sunsets. Running together is a great way to catch up with the latest news as you get fit. If jogging is not for you, try playing basketball, tennis or football in one of Hong Kong's many playgrounds and sports centres.

Fabienne Chui, 14

7. It's only November, but December is right around the corner. Avoid the Christmas shopping crowds and find good bargains by drawing up your list now! Your friends, family and loved ones will certainly appreciate a well-thought-out gift.

Abigail Chen, 15

8. Collecting leaves of different kinds is a great way to spend time in autumn. If you love to collect things and are interested in studying plants, now is the perfect time to do so. You can even combine your finds in a collage, mixing art and nature.

Nola Yip, 14

9. With school in full swing, it can be a challenge to find time to do something creative. You may have spent some of your summer holiday on the beach, but now that it is cooler, you can stay indoors to draw the things or people around you. Being creative can be a great way to relax and take your mind off studying for exams.

Lisa Tsang, 13

10. With every new season come new seasonal vegetables and foods. Ask your parents or friends if you can cook a seasonal dish together. This time of year is great for hearty and warming dishes like casseroles, hot pots and roast dinners.

Jamie Chan, 14

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