The competition area is an undulating plain (hügelland) covered by thin vegetations located in the northern part of Hong Kong, which has never been used for orienteering. However, it has been used as part of the competition area for Rogaining recently (in early 2020). Unlike most of the middle/long orienteering venues in Hong Kong, vegetations in the competition area are open and clear. The advantage from high running speed will be minimised and the sense of direction will be the main battlefield, which makes an orienteering competition more “orienteering”. Nevertheless, the high visibility allows spectators and audience to observe the runners and will certainly boost the competition atmosphere. It will definitely bring both overseas representatives and local competitors a brand-new orienteering experience.
San Tin is a typical Hong Kong old village located in the northern part of Hong Kong but a new village for orienteering. Different from Sheung Shui Wai, where the sprint event of AsOC 2018 was held, the road networks in San Tin are more irregular and provide more challenge for route choices. The typical village structure and similar view around will make competitors feel like running in a maze. Extremely high running speed as well as high concentration are demanded. Every second matters but do not forget to have a glance on the 155 years old Tai Fu Tai Mansion!
Maybe this is one of the super tiny islands for orienteering ever in the world. Ma Wan is one of the islands in the North-East part of Lantau Island, surrounded by four busy marine channels. There is no other venue where you compete in terrain ranging from old fishing villages, estates with modern parks, and beaches in one sitting, with the rails and cars shuttling on the 14th longest spanning suspension bridge – Tsing Ma Bridge. The mix of old fisherman village and model village estates on the island is also an attraction for both locals and visitors. With the opportunity to have orienteering here, you can see a lot more than being a normal tourist!