Best ice skating rinks in Hong Kong
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.