With COVID-19 restrictions slowly easing in Hong Kong, more and more venues have opened back up to the public. Now that we’ve all been in full or semi-lockdown for what seems like forever, most of us are sick of staring at our own walls. If you’re tired of home workouts, or you are looking for something to get you out of the house, there are plenty of fun activities in Hong Kong. Read on for some of our favorite things to do in HK.
If you’re looking for a quick, fun exercise, Ryze is where it’s at. Jump and sweat away your stress in a field of trampolines. This trampoline park offers different attractions like the Ninja Obstacle Course, foam pits, bounce boards, aerial silks, slacklining and more that will test your limits and aerial skills. You do have to purchase the specially designed Ryze Grip Socks, priced at HK$30, to jump at Ryze. You’ll also need to sign a waiver before your session. To ensure you get the most of your flight time, they recommend booking ahead online.
Address:3/F, Kodak House 1, 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay
Known as the largest indoor roller skating rink in Hong Kong, Bun’s 2020 brings back the 80s with skate culture. It’s the perfect fun thing to do in Hong Kong – whether you’re alone or with a group. Rent everything you need at Bun’s 2020, or you can bring your own equipment and skates if you’ve got them. Lockers are priced at HK$100, so it may be best to bring only what personal items you need.
There are training courses available, where you can learn to skate in a group, semiprivate group, or one-on-one with a private lesson. Located above Ryze, you can make a day of it jumping and skating all in one location. Be sure to purchase the Roller Skate School membership and sign the waiver found on the Bun’s 2020 website before you go.
Address:7/F, Kodak House 1, 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay
The Rink at Elements
With winter and the holiday season in full swing, ice skating is at the top of the list when planning fun things to do in HK. The Rink has lessons available for all skate levels, from beginners to advanced, so that anyone can hit the ice here. Even if you’re worried that you “can’t skate”– there are safety handles shaped like penguins, seals, bears and dolphins around the rink for you to hold on to. So at least you’ll be cute while you’re clumsy.
This is an “open rink,” so skaters use their Octopus card to enter and pay by the minute. You can rent skates at the venue, but make sure to come prepared with thick socks and preferably long sleeves and long pants. The glass wall at the front also provides a stunning view of Victoria Harbour as you skate. The Rink is located inside Elements, so you can go shopping and grab some food at a cafe or restaurant after your skating session.
Whether you’re experienced or not, Hong Kong Climbing Park caters to anyone that wants to climb. There is equipment readily available for rent, and introductory courses are available for beginners for bouldering and high wall climbing. If you already know what you’re doing, climbers are generally permitted to climb freely. However, if you want to Top Rope Belay or Lead Climb, you are required to take an online assessment in advance.
All courses require booking two working days in advance before the start of the course. However, if you aren’t taking any courses, you are free to walk in. It is advised that you dress comfortably, bring socks if you intend to borrow shoes, trim your nails and tie up your hair when visiting. You can also attain a verified certificate for climbing, awarded by the China Hong Kong Mountaineering and Climbing Union.
Address:Level 2, Belair Gardens Shopping Arcade Phase 2, 52 Tai Chung Kiu Road, Sha Tin, New Territories
Joe’s Billiards & Bar
With food and drinks, plus pool tables, darts and beer pong, Joe’s Billiards & Bar is the ultimate bar to “Eat, Drink and Play.” Show off your skills at the friendly challenge pool tables, where only the winner gets to stay.
Aside from darts and tournament-quality pool tables, Joe’s Billiards & Bar also features “more than 100 pieces of antique pool collectibles and movie stills with Hollywood stars playing pool.” Projectors and large screen TVs also abound, so sports fans can keep up with the game while hanging out. If you’re looking for more chill things to do in HK, hanging out at one of Joe’s three locations should hit the spot.
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