It has been a bizarre couple months for us all in Hong Kong, as we adjust to social distancing to keep ourselves and the community safe. However, after months of staying home, we get the urge to hang out with friends every once in a while. Although Hong Kong is slowly easing the COVID-19 restrictions, it is still important that we practice safe contact while meeting our friends. So, we’ve compiled some ideas for six fun things to do in Hong Kong during the pandemic, that will be both safe and fun for you and your friends.
Plan an evening in together
Staying in may not sound like fun at this point. But with the right crowd, there are endless fun things to do in Hong Kong that will keep everyone entertained – and safe. Consider organizing game nights and movie nights, or get together for group baking and karaoke. Inviting two or three friends over to re-watch a favorite movie or for a competitive game of monopoly can be just as exciting as a night out in Hong Kong. Baking is one of the most popular quarantine ventures, so trying out a new recipe with your friends is entertaining – and delicious.
Picnic at Tamar Park
Imagine – the sun gleams above as you throw your blanket down onto the lush grass. Your friend approaches with bread still warm from nearby iBakery while you open your basket to find fresh strawberries and watermelon. It’s the perfect picnic day.
Tamar Park is a beautiful escape not too far from the city. The vast area of green grass is an oasis with incredible views of skyscrapers and the skyline across the harbor. A picnic lunch may even be a safer option than dining at a restaurant as there is a lower chance of infection in outdoor areas. Only a 5-minute walk from the Admiralty MTR station (Exit A), Tamar Park’s accessibility makes it a convenient picnic spot right in the middle of bustling Hong Kong.
Hit the beach
Thanks to Hong Kong’s many islands, there is never a shortage of beaches to explore. A beach day is one of the most fun things to do in Hong Kong. Beach trips are ideal for relaxation or exhilaration. Let’s pretend it’s still summer – grab a towel, some drinks and snacks and chill on the sand to unwind and admire the ocean. If you are looking for more adventure, water sports like kayaking, SUP boarding and surfing are all exciting activities to try. Hong Kong’s more popular beaches have shops that rent out water equipment and even offer lessons, so why not try something new?
Camping may not be for everyone, but you can’t knock it until you’ve tried it! Hong Kong has campsites scattered all over, from some that are readily accessible to those more isolated. Whichever campsite you choose, camping is a fun adventure, especially with a couple of friends.
Disconnecting from the online world and the hustle of the city can be beneficial, providing clarity for our thoughts. Waking up surrounded by the sounds of nature is not something we experience often in Hong Kong, but camping grants us this opportunity. No matter your age, roasting marshmallows by a campfire is a bit of nostalgia that never gets old.
Because of social distancing, you may have missed chatting with your friends. So, grab a bottle of wine and catch up! Sipping wine in the comfort of your own house with close friends allows you time to enjoy each other’s company. Take the pressure out of deciding what to do or where you’ll go by ordering some delivery food for the night. If you aren’t able to get together in person, a wine night can also take place over a Zoom call. This way, you can easily keep in touch with friends that are far away by enjoying each other’s company (and a glass of wine!) virtually.
If you have a taste for the outdoors, but aren’t quite ready to commit to camping, hiking is a great alternative. Hiking is a popular outdoor activity – especially during this pandemic because you can’t go wrong with enjoying gorgeous scenery while getting some exercise in. After eating all that banana bread, we’re going to need it!
Don’t slack on being responsible
Although we can have fun with others in moderation now, it’s important to remember that we are still in the midst of a pandemic. It may be a good idea to discuss with your friends their recent travel history and to take proper precautions to ensure everyone’s safety. Always check for updates on the Hong Kong government website, as the rules and regulations constantly change and we can ensure the safety of everyone. If you are going to be sociable, consider a contact tracing app for extra safety.
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