A-Z: New Adventures to Try in Hong Kong

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Seeking new adventures in Hong Kong can be time consuming, and that’s the one thing most of us don’t have: Time. And time and time again we’ve all said, ‘I want to try something new and exciting!’ Well, here’s your chance. PLUG have compiled an A-Z of adventurous days and nights out. Whether it’s a one-off experience or a new hobby to take up there’s something for everyone, from the adrenaline junkies to the creative souls. Take a risk. Dive in. Enjoy the adventure.


AUCTION

article-az-wild-things-002In recent years, Hong Kong has grown to become Asia’s most important auction house for Christie’s, the world’s leading arts auctioneers. With sales in Asian 20th century and contemporary art, Chinese ceramics, jewellery, watches and fine wine, you will experience the buzz, drama and fun of bidding in a live auction. Start the bidding now!

BIKE

The Tai Lam Mountain Bike Trail is one of the best planned and most accessible trails for mountain bike newbies and experts alike. Towards the end point take a little break on the dam before exiting from the pavilion where you can find some BBQ pits to refuel and reflect. Haven’t got a bike yet? Check out the impressive range from Bull Bike. They have shops in Central and Yau Ma Tei.

CAMP

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If you haven’t been to the restaurant Ooh La La at Pui O Beach, you should. What’s better is that they even have a private campsite (with showers!) for night time stargazing on the beach. You can get a tent for four people for $700 a night and that includes the tent, bedding, cereal, fruits and equipment for you to sizzle the meat and veggies on the burner and charcoal they provide.

DRIVE

article-az-wild-things-004With 15 simulators, Sideways Driving Club will allow you to experience all the thrills of a high speed race track. With gear shifters, a realistic steering system and brake pedals; this is an experience that is very close to driving the real thing.

EAT

What better way to try new and exciting foods than in the privacy of a private kitchen. Private kitchens are popping up all over the city, but we love sailing into Sai Kung and paying a visit to Mandy. Mandy’s Private Kitchen is a unique and intimate private dining experience. She’s currently closed for renovations, but when she reopens you’ll be treated to an adventurous culinary journey, and will get to experience authentic Caribbean cuisine. A must-try for food lovers!

FLY

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Ready to take off and fly the skies? You can take control of the captain’s seat and learn how to fly a plane with a full-motion simulator. This experience is as close to the real deal as you can get. You’ll feel every maneuver from taking off to descent. MPL Simulator Solutions, based in Central, is managed by active airline pilots with extensive experience in flight training, so you’re in safe hands!

GALLOP

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If you’ve been to the races on a Wednesday night and thought I’d love to do that, here’s your chance. The Lo Wu Saddle Club prides itself in the ability to teach riders of all skill level. Newbies welcome too! The club has over 50 years of history, and considering they have a new stable complex, with over 50,000 sq. ft. of stables and riding arenas, the private lessons they offer will make you feel like you’re the newest recruit at the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

HELICOPTER

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Jump at the opportunity to take off with The Peninsula’s helicopter to experience Hong Kong from a truly monumental perspective, just don’t jump out of your seat. Why? Because this adventurous journey continues upon landing. You and up to 4 guests can dine in one of The Peninsula’s finest restaurants, from a buffet lunch at The Verandah to a six-course seasonal tasting dinner at Spring Moon.

INK

The 3rd International Hong Kong Tattoo Convention took place in October and record amount of people went to get inked and watch those getting inked. The lineup of artists for this year included Shige, Robert Hernandez and more stars from the international tattoo scene. We’re big fans of Star Crossed Tattoo in TST. Their new studio is pristine and comfortable, and the perfect place for custom-designed tattoos.

JUMP

article-az-wild-things-009Jump up. Jump down. Jump anyway and where at Ryze’s open jump field in Quarry Bay. From trampoline dodgeball to the jumping dance party at Club Ryze on the weekends, this playground for adults (and kids too) is the perfect drug for the adrenaline junkie. With over 7,000 square feet of connected, world-class trampolines, launching pads and high-flying basketball hoops, you’ll be jumping back time and time again. They get busy on the weekend, so book early to get your jump on.

KAYAK

Aquabound’s kayaking tours are the real deal! Not only do you get the informative lesson on how to kayak, you get to launch from Stanley Main Beach and kayak the 4 mile round trip along the coastline of Stanley Peninsula. While on the water your kayak guide will educate you about the surrounding region. Two lessons for the price of one. Winning!

LEARN

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Hello. ???? ?????. Shlomo. Hola. ??. Terve. Bonjour. Ciao. Halo. ??????. Merheba. Heus. Selamat pagi. Kia ora. Cze??. Pozdravljeni. God dag. M?l? e lelei. Merhaba. Salom. Helo. Sawubona. Speaking more than one language has never been so important now we’re living in the digital revolution and travel is easier and more accessible. The Hong Kong Institute of Languages offer a range of courses for the complete novice to those who want to brush up on their skills.

MAKE

article-az-wild-things-011Every adventure you put yourself through needs the right pair of shoes. From ballet pumps to climbing boots, the soles of your shoes show the grit and determination of all your hard work. If you invest so much in footwear, why don’t you invest in making your own? The Clothing Industry Training Authority offer a range of workshops and courses for you to learn the ins and out of shoemaking. From a Certificate in Footwear Design to a short course in Practical Shoemaking you’ll have a new pair of handmade shoes on your feet in no time. And that is an accomplishment!

NAVIGATE

Hong Kong has one of the most reliable and advanced public transport systems in the world, so for someone who doesn’t drive getting around is quick, easy and cheap! Running a car in Hong Kong can be expensive, and that’s not even considering the rent you need to pay for car parking space. But, if you have a need for speed, and don’t fancy the Uber convenience all the time, learn to drive. The Hong Kong School of Motoring offer a range of deals and packages.

ORIENTATE

Orienteering is an exciting and challenging outdoor sport that exercises both mind and body. Handy with a map? The aim is to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map. Hong Kong is the perfect playground for orienteering with its lush country parks and urban areas. The Orienteering Association of Hong Kong has a range of schemes, training and competitions for those who want to want to test themselves mentally as well as physically or who want to add variety to their adventures.

PARAGLIDE

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Picture this… ‘A sunny day, light winds, beautiful scenery, good friends and an inflatable wing to carry you into the sky. This is the way you’ve always wanted to fly. Nothing, between you, and the ground, but clear air. There is no other feeling like it—paragliding, the only way to fly.’ Okay, we’re in! How do we sign up?

QUESTION

HKU SPACE fulfils Hong Kong University’s mission by providing learning opportunities for personal, professional and career advancement for people from all walks of life. The range of part-time and short courses available is impressive! From Documentary Filmmaking to Clinical Acupuncture there’s a course for everyone to learn, grow and develop. HKU SPACE also has a long history of locating its teaching and learning facilities all over the city, so there may be a course right on your doorstep.

RECHARGE

We all live busy lives in this concrete jungle and sometimes we need to stop for a second and get some fuel for our mind and body. Spa Monkeys works as a quality control hub for the spa, beauty, and wellness industry in Hong Kong. If you’re looking for a soothing massage, a good workout training, or time to disconnect in a Sensory Deprivation Pod, then you can find it all at Spa Monkeys. All of the merchants and products listed in their website have been quality checked for you.

SKATE

MegaIce at MegaBox is mega on the massive scale! It’s the city’s only international-sized ice rink in Hong article-az-wild-things-014Kong and the best views to go with it too. The 30m glass window offers full views of the harbour, and that’s an adventure in itself. Ice hockey is on the menu too, and well worth a try for those seeking any chilly thrill.

TAP

Channel your inner Fred Astaire and let your feet become the musical instrument of the body. Tap dancing is not only good for keeping your body in shape, its impact on the floor and the sound waves bouncing off the walls resonate through the mind too. The City Contemporary Dance Company offers an elementary course in which you will learn basic posture, steps, tap combinations, notation and basic musical knowledge. You don’t need any prior training, but a sense of rhythm would help! Check the CCdC’s website for their next enrollment dates.

UNICYCLE

Who says two wheels are better than one when you’re a unicycle enthusiast? And there’s not many of those. Trust us, we’ve asked around. But if you do fancy joining the circus, or at least laugh at yourself while attempting to even just sit on one, the unicycle could be that one thing that teaches that Balance is first among the virtues; momentum is second! The Hong Kong Unicycle Sports club offer a range of activities for you to try out and offer advice on their website about learning to ride.

VACATE

Need we say anymore? Book a flight and get out of here. Now! But come back…

WINDSURF

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‘At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.’ With this introduction on Cheung Chau Windsurfing Centre’s website we knew we were onto a winner. Set up in 1970 by Lai Gun, the centre continues to teach and influence people in Hong Kong about the sport. The beginner’s class teaches the fundamentals of windsurfing such as starting, steering and taking off.

X-RATE

At Sally’s Toy’s, Hong Kong’s leading sex shop, they know that sex talk could be an uneasy topic when you want to try something new and adventurous. They try our best to make you feel comfortable and once you’re inside one of their shops you can be sure all secrets are safe with them. Take as much time as you like to discover the wide range interesting toys and tools for the bedroom.

YODEL

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Katterwall, a company that offers one-on-one singing lessons and year round choirs, got its name from from the Middle English term ‘caterwawlen’, which means the yowling sound made by a cat in heat or a harsh, offensive noise. If you fancy turning your screeches into something more beautiful and easy on the ear, we highly suggest joining one of their choirs.

ZIPLINE

Zip up and between two cliff faces on the stunning Tung Lung Chau island. Klook, a company that curates fun things to do, offer as part of their package the ultimate ziplining experience. Not only do you get to go on the adrenaline-packed zipline a few times, you get to trek through rock climbing and abseiling hotspots throughout the day. So if you’re ready to soar across greenery and white foam waters while dangling in the air get booking. Now!


About the Author
Liam

Liam

Liam is a creative director working in video, sound, theatre and installation.His practice is interdisciplinary, with a focus on intervention based work, the moving image and performance. The work he makes fuses together an understanding of and experiments in identity based politics, hybrid forms and the gendered body.

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