So, What is There to Do in Hong Kong on a Rainy Day?
Sheung Wan/Sai Wan/Central edition
Now that typhoon season is coming up, the question is – what is there to do in Hong Kong on a rainy day? When there is no junk boat party scheduled and you don’t have to work on the weekends, how can you make the most of your free time? Aside from aimlessly walking around the various malls in Hong Kong or eating your way through the city, we’ve gathered a list of fun things to do in our beloved city…
First stop: SHEUNG WAN/SAI WAN
Located on No. 5 Aberdeen Street in lovely Soho/Sheung Wan district, PMQ is now a cultural
hub with exciting events scheduled all year round. An upcoming event that might pique your
interest is the annual Green Monday Summer Carnival happening on July 16 to 17. There will be
over 40 booths and various “green” events such as an eco-detergent workshop and clothing drive
that highlight the ways we can help our environment by reducing our carbon footprint and living
sustainably. In PMQ there are also cooking classes held in the building at ABC Cooking Studio
that offers trial classes if you don’t have the time to take on a full cooking course. This is a great
group activity and a nice way to spend an afternoon. If cooking isn’t your thing, just check out
the many stores inside the building that showcase not only HK original artistic pieces, but also
fashionable and functional items you can use in your daily life.
2. Have a drink and/or find a local eatery
One would not have guessed, given the exterior of Ping Pong 129 Gintonería, that it is actually a
spacious and cozy place to share a drink with dear friends and colleagues! Check this place out if
you enjoy gin and a retro urban atmosphere. In the area there is also a recently opened hot spot
Potato Head HK. Potato Head is definitely a place that feels “like home” with a super relaxing
environment. Another activity you can do is to find a local eatery. The western district has
become a lot more gentrified in the recent years. Along with the new MTR line and sky-high rent
prices, it’s really been a struggle to preserve the local culture and heritage of the space that
represents the identity of the district. Keeping this in mind, I propose for each of you to support a
local eatery in your area and just eat there. For Sai Wan, Tak Kee Restaurant offers yummy and
affordable Chiu Chow food that has withstood the test of time.
3. Go swimming
It might be raining, but that doesn’t stop one from taking a dive at the Sun Yat Sen Memorial
Park swimming pool. At a cost of $17 on weekdays and $19 on weekends, the pool offers a large
regular size pool and leisure pool with a pretty cool patio deck overlooking the harbour (though
you might want to save that for when it’s not raining). It’s also a great way to beat the heat!
Second stop: CENTRAL
1. Go for brunch
It’s nice to reset after a long work week with a wholesome brunch. One of my favourites is
Brunch Club on Peel Street. It offers classic brunch selections in a pleasant and friendly
environment. If you’re looking for something a little different, Taku is not your average brunch
place. This restaurant offers a wide range of all you can eat sushi and sashimi with free-flow
sangria…for BRUNCH. Need I say more?
If you’re feeling adventurous, try out an acupuncture massage. Otherwise, a safe bet would be
Halite! Halite is definitely one of the more affordable foot massage places in Hong Kong. The
chain offers a wide selection with outlets all across the city.
3. Sideways Driving Club
Sideways Driving Club is a virtual racing hotspot that mimics real life driving. If you’re like me
and haven’t driven a car in so long and you simply just miss driving, maybe give this place a shot.
Prices range from $300 for one hour during off-peak hours and up (according to the latest
Summer may be coming to an end but it’s never to late to listen to the Sounds of Summer or join our End of Summer Party, a two-junk boat party with live music. Also don’t forget All That Junk has a monthly newsletter where you can get updates on our events and parties as well as catch up on our articles on Hong Kong life! Sign up here – http://allthatjunkhk.com/all-that-blog-hk/