The Dongguan summers are notorious for the high—almost unbearable—temperatures. One step outside and you will quickly find yourself melting into a puddle on the sidewalk, praying for a slight breeze to wick away the sweat.
Travel options are still limited, but the need to get away is not.
A trip to the community pool seems like the simplest answer to cooling down when things heat up. Many share precious memories of visiting a community pool as a child, a place to waste away during the long hot summer days.
Whether it be limiting yourself to the shallow end or diving in headfirst to explore cement depths, pools are part of what make up summertime memories.
Through researching pools in Dongguan, we quickly realized most are not terrifyingly deep, averaging at 1.6 meters, and a diving board was nowhere to be found. However, each pool offers a special experience to those who visit from high-end getaways to backyard style family-fun days.
Pack a bag, do not forget the sunscreen, and get ready to jump—or wade—into pools and waterparks around Dongguan.
The Hillview Pool is a popular hangout and family favorite in Dongcheng’s backyard. The pool offers an ideal location with outdoor and indoor swimming options.
The outdoor pool has a special children’s swim area which comes complete with a waterslide. This pool gained popularity among the foreign community due to it no swim cap requirement. The pool ranges from 0.8 meters in the children’s area to 1.7 meters in the middle of the main outdoor pool. It is easy to spend the day lounging with a cold drink on the deck or floating on the water at the somewhat secluded location not far from Dongguan City center.
Hours: Mon-Fri, 2 pm-10 pm / Sat-Sun, 8 am-10 pm
Price: 35 RMB outdoor pool / 40 RMB indoor pool
Address: No.99 Huancheng East Road, Dongcheng / 东城环城东路东城段99号
Cool off or prepare for a fun-filled day with the family in Changping.
The Yinxian Resort features all a waterpark has to offer: a children’s water village, river rafting, water slides, a wave pool and a trumpet shaped slide with water shoots.
Pools are strategically placed around the park ranging from zero depth to 1.8 meters deep. You do not have to stay out of the water for long going from attraction to attraction.
Take a break from the water and visit the amusement park and zoo. Those who are brave enough can take a walk on the amusement park’s high-suspension glass bridge or enjoy one of the many games and rides offered. The ticket prices vary depending on what visitors want to see.
Hours: Mon-Fri, 11:30 am to 6:30 pm / Sat-Sun, 11:30 am to 8:30 pm
Price: 69 RMB to 189 RMB for Adults / 49 RMB to 129 RMB for Children
Address: No.8 Licheng Avenue, Changping / 常平镇丽城隐贤山庄大道8号
Dongcheng Int’l Hotel
The Dongcheng International Hotel’s outdoor pool offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Dongcheng downtown area.
Located atop the hotel’s fifth floor, the outdoor pool has an infinity ledge with a safety medium between the end of the pool and building face. The outdoor pool is 10 meters by 30 meters wide and ranges from 1.3 meters to 1.5 meters deep.
An afternoon at this rooftop pool offers a holiday above the city and features other facilities such as an indoor pool, gym, wet and dry saunas, ping pong table, hot tub, complementary towel and mineral water.
Hours: Daily, 6:30 am-10:30 pm
Price: Adults, 168 RMB / Children, 128 RMB
Address: No.9 Dongcheng East Road, Dongcheng / 东城东路9号
Hyatt Regency Hotel
The outdoor pool at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Songshan Lake offers a vacation for those who want to get away from the stress of the city. The 1,800 square-meter free-form pool is decorated with lounge chairs on the deck, offers two waterslides and overlooks Songshan Lake.
The pool ranges from zero-depth entry to 1.8 meters deep. Not only do you gain access to the outdoor pool, but the indoor pool along with the gym and saunas. If you choose to take a night at the hotel, the pool is free.
Hours: Tue-Fri, 9 am-5 pm / Sat-Sun, 8 am-6 pm
Price: 300 RMB
Address: Qinyuan Road, Songshan Lake / 松山湖高新技术产业开发区沁园路
Sunny Time Pool
Visiting the Sunny Time Pool on the fourth floor of Dena Apartments, you will have just that: a sunny time. Palm trees line one side of the pool and apartment buildings line the other, blocking the sound of traffic. Fun dolphin tiles are on the pool floor which goes from zero-depth entry to 1.5 meters deep. To the left of the entrance is a detached pool for the little ones that reaches a meter in depth.
The swim cap rules at this pool were a bit foggy; if a swimmer does not put their head underwater, they do not have to wear one. However, if you choose to do a little underwater swim, a cap is required. Outside food and drinks are welcome, and this is the ideal spot to pack the cooler and plan an all-day pool party.
Hours: Daily, 10 am-10 pm
Price: Adults, 50 RMB / Children, 30 RMB
Address: 4th floor, buildings 10-11, Dena Apartments, Dongcheng / 东城区迪纳公寓（10-11幢）4楼游泳池
The Tangla Hotel pool is best described as a massive oasis in the middle of the city.
Situated not far from Huying Park, the pool circles around a center platform. Though it is one pool, it naturally divides into sections. Around 4 pm is when the pool becomes busy, but the pool’s size allows it to not feel overcrowded.
Going in the morning allows a better chance of acquiring a lounge chair for the day. There are astonishingly few lounge chairs considering the deck space.
Do not be surprised to see peacocks strutting by. They add to the holiday feel.
Hours: Daily, 10 am-10 pm
Price: 119 RMB for 10 tickets
Address: No. 8 Ying Bin Rd, Dongcheng / 东莞唐拉雅秀酒店, 东城区迎宾路8号
Parklane Hotel (Chang’an)
The Parklane Hotel outdoor pool is a late bloomer this year by opening the first week of August due to safety precautions with COVID-19. So, by the time all the other pools in Dongguan have heated up throughout summer, the Parklane will be offering a refreshing dip.
This beautiful rooftop pool has an expansive view of the heart of Chang’an. Along with the main pool, it boasts a waterslide, jacuzzi and a children’s swim area. If you do not want to spend all day in the sun, jump into the indoor pool or gain access to their fitness center.
Hours: Daily, 6:30 am-10:30 pm
Price: 150 RMB
Address: No. 222 Dezheng Road, Chang’an / 长安镇德政中路222号
Pullman Chang’an Hotel
Price: 127 RMB
Address: No. 38 Jinghai Middle Road, Shatou Village, Chang’an / 长安镇沙头社区靖海中路38号