It’s raining in Hong Kong! What do I do?

Rain in Hong Kong
Rain in Hong Kong

A lot of activities that take place in Hong Kong involve being outdoors, but there are many things to do and explore when you are indoors as well.

Board Game Café

There are some board game cafes in Hong Kong and they provide board games and instructions by the workers if you need. You can play there with groups of your friends for the price of your meal and/or drinks. It’s a great way to spend a rainy afternoon and spend time with some locals playing games.

They also have workshops and activities that you could join even on non-rainy days.

Where can you find a board game cafe?

Jolly Thinkers 空中棋園
11/F, Bayfield Building, 99 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, T: 2527 2882
14/F, Capricorn Centre, 155 Sai Yeung Choi Street North, Mong Kok, T: 3107 1160

PMQ – school turned police dorms turned creative hub

PMQ was the site of the Central School in the 1800s, as the first government school in Hong Kong for upper primary and secondary levels that had Western education. After World War II, the site was damaged, and rebuilt into the first Police Married Quarters, where it gets its name, PMQ. This was the site for junior married police officers as a dorm. It was left abandoned in year 2000, and later reincarnated as a creative hub.

PMQ reopened in 2014 and its tenants include many local designers, creative events, and designers-in-residence who have offices there. There are over 100 local entrepreneurs, so there are many shops you can explore, from clothing to jewelry to dessert shops and even unique items such as dumpling-shaped candles. This will be a fun place to explore and learn more about Hong Kong through the creative entrepreneurs. Many of the designers are in the stores with the items that they have created.

Where can you find PMQ?

PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central

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Bouldering – AKA rock-climbing sans rope

Bouldering is similar to rock-climbing and requires different strategies to people to climb up the rock wall without the support of a rope.

There are bouldering communities/facilities in Hong Kong that can provide the training to teach you to safely boulder. If you already know how to boulder, you can just stop by these sites and check out the routes that they regularly update.

Where can you go bouldering?

Go Nature, Unit C2, G/F, Wing Hing Industrial Building, 14 Hing Yip St., Kwun Tong, T: 3563 7156
Just Climb, Room D, G/F, Prince Industrial Building,706 Prince Edward Road East, San Po Kong, T: 3561 7868

Other activities:

Coffee shops
There are many small coffee shops with good quality coffee.

Brew Bros: G/F, 33 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, T: 2572 0238
Tue-Sun: 8:00am-6:00pm

Cafe Corridor: G/F: 26 Russell Street, Causeway Bay, T: 2892 2927
Mon to Thu: 8:30am-11pm; Fri: 8:30am-12am; Sat: 12pm-12am; Sun: 12pm-11pm

High Tea
Due to British colonial influence, Hong Kong has a variety of high tea places. There are both traditional high tea places and ones that have innovated to more unique styles of high tea.

Japanese-style: Nobu, Intercontinental Hotel, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, T: 2313 2323
Sat and Sun: 2:30pm-5pm, More information here

Unique approach with ever-changing themes: MO Bar, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, T: 2132 0077

There are a wide variety of different museums in Hong Kong from arts to history and culture.

Hong Kong Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, T: 2721 0226,
Mon, Wed-Fri: 1pm-9pm; Sat, Sun, and Public Holidays: 10am-9pm
Please check holiday hours.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, Hong Kong, T: 2180 8188,
Mon, Wed-Fri: 10am-6pm; Sat, Sun, and Public Holidays 10am-7pm
Please check holiday hours.

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