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Cityplaza Ice Palace

Hong Kong’s best ice skating rinks

Time to get your skates on and have a twirl

By Ysabelle Cheung, Seonmi Shin and Kingsley Man

Though Hong Kong ain’t exactly a winter wonderland, our city is still home to some great ice skating rinks that can help you achieve a little Christmas feeling all the same. Sure, we may not have New York’s Rockefeller Center but our rinks boast views of Lion Rock and are housed inside mega malls. So whether you’re perfecting your Elsa impression or training for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, we tread on thin ice to find you all the right places to hit the ice.

RECOMMENDED: Why not grab a hot chocolate to warm yourself up after a skating session?

Best ice skating rinks in Hong Kong

1. Glacier at Festival Walk

Things to do Ice skating Kowloon Tong

Skate along while you admire the awe-inspiring backdrop of Lion Rock Mountain and shimmy (if you can) to tunes blasting from the high-quality audio system. This is the largest and busiest ice rink in Hong Kong, but its popularity can be attributed to its home – the giant Festival Walk shopping mall. They often play host to skating competitions and a lower fence by the shopping mall side makes it easy for spectators to get in on the action. $60-$85 

2. Cityplaza Ice Palace

Things to do Ice skating Taikoo Shing

This rink has the smoothest, slickest ice around – plus it’s the only one actually on Hong Kong island. Regular skaters will be rewarded with a points card which you can then use to collect various skating paraphernalia. However, it’s not the best rink to practice your backward arabesque spiral, as this and other advanced moves are banned here for the safety of fellow skaters. $60-$85


3. Mega Ice at MegaBox

Things to do Kowloon Bay

Puck away! This international-sized rink hosts Olympic qualifiers and local figure skating contests and is also available for birthday parties and private hire. On a regular day, you might see budding hockey players zinging pucks around; the Penguins Hockey Club holds classes for all ages, from ‘Atoms’ (5-6) to ‘Seniors’ (19+). A free shuttle bus runs from Kowloon Bay MTR station to the rink. $50-$80

4. The Rink at Elements

Things to do Ice skating West Kowloon

This 17,200sq ft rink uses the first Octopus card pay-as-you-go service, effectively cutting pesky queues. Little ones can also rent a ‘penguin’ hand-held skating aid. It’s greener than most rinks too, with lower energy consumption rates, but the ice surface is bumpy in some places. $20


5. Sky Rink at Dragon Centre

Things to do Ice skating Sham Shui Po

Dragon Centre shopping mall's Sky Rink features powdery simulated snow and has a ‘lover special’ on Wednesdays ($40 for the whole day) for those who want the ultimate romantic skating experience. It’s a very old rink but still pulls in decent crowds. There's also a 90s-style aracde and a (now defunct) rollercoaster on the top floor. $20-$30


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