Hongkongers are never satisfied. In winter, it’s too cold out and we wrap on scarves at the first sign of the mercury dropping below 20. In summer, it’s too hot and humid to do anything but move as quickly as possible from one air conditioned spot to another.
Yet we also love our outdoor sports, from cycling to swimming and camping, even though the weather in our SAR is unreasonable. Here then, are a few alternatives to work up a sweat regardless of the season.
Hong Kong’s best indoor sports activities
Taking bubble football to a whole other level, Crossfire Arena offers competitors glow-in-the-dark bubble suits to bump about in when playing on their indoor pitch. Learn drills and strategies that will immediately go out the window as teams waddle across the pitch trying to score before inevitably getting knocked to the floor. Aside from bubble football, Crossfire has a whole host of other fun neon-themed games including archery tag, dodgeball and neon sabres — lightsabre duels, anyone? $225 per person.
Sure, you might not really break a sweat in an air-conditioned vehicle anyway, but car simulators are a fun way to try out this motor sport indoors. And you can experience the thrill of accelerating at Sideways Driving Club yourself with their racecar simulators. Make your full throttle dreams come true as you speed through Formula 1 courses on one of their thirteen simulators, but just make sure you don’t drive as fast on your way home.
While Hong Kong may be void of mountainsides (or snow for that matter), before you head to frostier lands, you can avoid that awkward moment when you fall flat on your face by paying Slope Infinity a visit. Learn and practice with real boards or skis and poles on Slope’s revolving carpet training decks where the angle of incline and revolving speed are both adjustable to beginners and pros. Play (see above) has also got some pretty kick-ass moving slopes and the venue also holds snowboarding and skiing courses too. Rad!
Who says hoverboards are not cool anymore? Azzita Hoverland has created an indoor track for people to race around in. Doubling up as a hoverboard retailer and repair center, Azzita’s 5,000 sq ft indoor playground in Kwun Tong invites patrons to zip along the twisty and winding track on electronic balancing boards. It costs $119 per hour on a weekday and 139 on a weekend. Take it step further and hop on a hover mat, a type of go-kart powered by a hoverboard. Though they’re a lot pricier and asks for $99 for a 10 ride. A smaller venue just opened up in Repulse Bay, perfect for private parties.
If flailing your Wii remote in the air no longer satisfies your craving for a good swing of the bat, try Play’s state-of-the-art baseball and softball machines as well as their automatic ball retrieval systems out for size. Balls shoot from a ‘virtual pitcher’ up to 150km/hr in each of their five batting cages. Aspiring pitchers can sharpen their skills at the professional-length pitching lane with targets, precision radar gun and LED speed display thrown into the bargain.
Local skaters needn’t wander around Hong Kong’s cramped and ragged streets any longer. Sk85ive2 is an indoor skateboarding park, well-equipped with rails, wedge ramps and flat banks so you can flip the board any way you want. Co-owned by Vans and local skate shop 8Five2Shop, the park sprawls across 3,000sq ft and, of course, is air-conditioned to keep you cool in the summer heat.
If you think you know how to play pool (or billiards), think again. Player 11 is the first venue in Hong Kong to feature a pool bowling table. It’s essentially a giant pool table with bowling ball-sized billiard balls, but this time, you rely on your whole body to aim and pocket the ball. The 3,500 square feet venue can be also turned into a pool soccer field or just plain old bowling alley. There’s a sound system, free WiFI and even a stove. You can easily turn a game into a full day affair for just $45 an hour. Plus, APM is just a few minutes walk away for some indoor retail therapy.
Within yet another industrial area in San Po Kong is the biggest indoor rock climbing studio in Hong Kong. Just Climb is over 5,000sq ft in size and has more than 10 routes of various difficulties, promising everyone a moment of Spider-Man heroism. Under the guidance of their professional coaches, including one former Cheung Chau Bun Fest champion, you’ll be scaling their bevelled walls in no time. As Just Climb have got sufficient floor padding and their walls aren’t super high, visitors don’t have to use harnesses (always a source of pain) and can simply enjoy the fun of gripping on for dear life.
If you're a fan of catching air in this highrise city of ours, Ryze might just be the place for you if you're looking to stay inside while doing it. The main area is completely lined with trampolines, with a few rest areas, foam pits and rope swings for the daring and bold. Ryze has special athletics programs such as their Ninja Course which should have you up and sweating in no time!