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Blog 32 | HK Weekend Activities

First of all, sorry it's been quite a while since I've blogged. A lot of my efforts have been put into my first job in Hong Kong. There is still a lot I want to write about, so there will be a lot more blog entries from now on.


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I'm not the type of person that plans what I'm going to do on the weekend. Usually I wake up, have a cup of Starbucks, shower, then I think about what I'm going to do. I'll try to look up "things to do in Hong Kong", but a lot of them are either really touristy recommendations, or things that I've already done before. A lot of times I'll just end up having lunch in Soho, and then walking around in IFC or watching a movie. But I still continue to find out about some hidden activities to do around the city, and here's a list of 5 (indoor) things to do:


[ Mr. X - Reality Escape room ]

How to get there: It's in the middle of Hung Hom, unreachable by walking from the MTR. The best way is to cab from Hung Hom or TST. It's located in Hung Hom Square.

Price: around $200 per person

How the game works: Recommended 4-10 people per room. There are 4 themes of rooms you can choose from. You get 60 minutes inside each mission. There are clues all over the rooms to lead you to the next section of each mission. Sometimes it takes team work on 2 sides of a wall so you can't complete a mission alone. 



Mr. X Website: http://www.mrx.com.hk/


 [ Whampoa Garden Bowling - Thunder Bowl ]

How to get there: Usually I take a train from central to TST, then I cab from there. Just tell the taxi driver Whampoa Garden, where the big ship is. (There is a mall that looks like a big boat) The entrance to Thunder Bowl is across from the entrance of the big ship)


Price: $100 HKD per lane per hour, $10 per person for shoe rental

Booking in advance: you can do it over the phone, but they don't speak very good English. Need to pay a down payment in advance, which is pretty inconvenient.

Although it's a bit more local, but the facilities are nice and the place is very spacious. I've never had to book a lane in advance to go. Usually I just show up, and even on the weekends I'm able to get a lane. For bigger groups, there are 2 private lanes that you can book along with Karaoke room behind it.

Besides bowling, this place also has pool tables. There's also food and drinks (HK $15 per Beer!)

Thunder Bowl Website: http://www.thunderbowl.com.hk/


[ South China Athletic Association (SCAA) ]

How to get there: Take the MTR to Causway Bay station. It's a 10 min walk from exit A.

Activities: Track & Field, Basketball, Badminton, Pool, Bowling, Chinese Martial Arts, Dance, Fencing, Football, Rugby, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Yoga, Swimming, Golf, Handball, Cycling, Indoor Shooting Range, Judo, Karate. (AKA you can basically do any sports activity there. I thought they had archery, but I called to confirm they didn't.)

Price: HK $120 for yearly membership, you need a HKID to register.

They have a bar area on the top floor overlooking the football field. So if you every want to watch a live game broadcasting but don't want to go to greasy/slimy/dirty Wanchai bars, this is the place to go.

I think by far the coolest is the Indoor Shooting Range. It does cost quite some money to be able to do that though. But if you ever want to experience shooting a real gun, this is your chance. 

The only down side is that this place is pretty serious about dress code. This isn't really a recreational family activity center. People there are serious about sports, so you need to show up in full sports wear. No sandals, converse, or anything like that allowed.




South China Athletic Association Website: http://www.scaa.org.hk/



[ Illusion and Racks - Beer Pong, Darts, Pool, Foosball ]

Illusion: Beer Pong, Foosball, Darts, Karaoke (2/F Cosmo Building, 8-11 Lan Kwai Fong) 
Racks: Beer Pong, Darts, Pool (2/F Winning Centre, 46-48 Wyndham Street)

Illusion is a more local place with mainly Chinese people there. Karaoke is opened to anyone (selections of songs aren't the newest, but has most of the famous songs). Prices for beer pong and drinks are relatively cheaper. Lots of smokers there, so if you don't want your favorite shirt/dress to smell like smoke, would recommend to not wear anything fancy. There's one ping pong table available for beer pong or other large group beer games (eg. flip the cup or slap a hoe). There's one foosball table, and 2 dart machines.

Racks crowd is mainly expat. It gets pretty packed early on a Friday night. Usually you need to wait for Beer pong, there's only 2 table there) There are 3 pool tables you can book in advance, and 2 dart machines. 


[ Art Jamming ]

Location: 123 Wellington Street, Central
Price: $360 - $600 (depending on size of canvas and amount of time)

This place I haven't personally been but I've heard a lot of good things about it. Basically you pay a set price and you get to do lots of fun art activities. Prices are by the size of the art pieces, but it is really pricy, ranging anywhere from HK $360 - $600. There's is a normal Art Jamming session which is 4hrs or a fast flow art Jam which is 90 minutes. 







If you have any other interesting activities to do in Hong Kong, feel free to share in the comments section below! 




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