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Leisure activities in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong is notorious for its fast-paced lifestyle and innate “workaholism”. But, despite that, the city also knows how to have fun perfectly exemplifying the “work hard, play hard” lifestyle. So, if you are wondering how to occupy yourself after a long working day, read on and find out more about the wide selection of leisure activities in Hong Kong.

Events in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is, without a doubt, one of the most popular destinations in Asia in cultural terms. Here, you can go to concerts of world-famous performers, participate in unique local festivals, attend fairs, museums, art galleries, exhibition and so much more.

In fact, many events are held there all year round. The Hong Kong Summer Fun and the Hong Kong WinterFest, for instance, are seasonal activities held in summer and at the end of the year respectively. The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, which consists of dragon boat races led by drum beats, is one of the most popular events, with huge crowds gathering on the shores of Hong Kong Bay. New Year’s Eve is marked by a stunning fireworks display and light show and is one of the most anticipated events of the year.

The city is frequently visited by international pop-stars (Madonna’s two concerts in 2016, as an example) and hosts a number of big concerts annually. Hong Kong’s biggest annual music and arts festival is Clockenflap held in November.

To enjoy the classics, visit the Hong Kong Arts Festival and the Chinese Opera Event. Other places of interest include the Broadway Film Library, the Fringe Club Art Gallery, the Innocentre Exhibition Center and the Hong Kong Cultural Center.

To keep your hand on the city’s event pulse, make sure to regularly check Hong Kong’s event calendar or browse through lifestyle websites like Timeout Hong Kong or The HKhub and others.

Sports

Hong Kong is big on sports, whether it's playing them or watching them. You can find plenty of facilities and clubs to enjoy all sorts of sporting activities from golf, football and basketball to rugby, martial arts and cricket.

Several sports events are also held all year round in Hong Kong. You can watch horse racing in Hong Kong's Happy Valley or in Sha Tin, attend the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament, Hong Kong Cricket Sixes and others.

For more details on sports and sporting events in the city, check out Sports in Hong Kong section of this guide.

Nightlife in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has a vibrant and exciting nightlife with lots to offer for those who enjoy discovering the city after sunset. From small beer bars to high-class top floor lounges and restaurants, the city has it all and for any budget.

If you are looking for a laid back scene and cheap prices, head over to Wan Chai, lined with beer bars and small eateries. For a hipper set of establishments, venture out to SoHo or Tsim Sha Tsui, where you can have a drink by the bar and hang out with fellow expats, who favour the area. For most, the night continues at one of the many nightclubs in Lan Kwai Fong.

If you are looking for a splurge, head to one of Hong Kong’s luxurious rooftop bars like Ozone, Sevva, Skye and others.

History and heritage

You don't really need to have an agenda when visiting Hong Kong; you can explore any district any time and are sure to find places worth discovering. Enjoy the cityscape of old Chinese temples next to tall modern skyscrapers or wonder past famous historical sites like the Cheung Po Tsai caves, the historical Lung Yeuk Tau trail, the Blue House, the Clock Tower, the High Court, as well as Murray House.

Finally, you can get closer to Hong Kong residents' lifestyle and culture during your stay by experiencing urban life. In fact, Hong Kong is deemed to be a real hub for Asian cuisine, with more than 12,000 restaurants along almost all streets.

When it comes to shopping in Hong Kong, you will never be strapped for choice: stroll through the high-end malls of Causeway Bay or roam the markets of Sham Shui Po.

 Good to know:

You will find huge sales in malls across the city from December to February.

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