Cool Things to do in Hong Kong summer

Are you likely to find yourself at a loose end this summer? If you are in search of cool things to do in Hong Kong this summer, here are our picks.

1. Bounce your Stress Away at XXL Playground

SummerFest is back at the Central Harbourfront Event Space this summer and we are excited about the XXL Playground. For almost the whole of August (check listings for special event days when XXL Playground will be closed), giant inflatables are going to make this the most fun place to be in Hong Kong. Five XXL inflatable games have been set up: Twist your Body, Attack on Bowling, Kick Shot, Dart Ball Hero and Basket Tall, so whichever game is your favourite, there’s going to be a super-sized version. Visitors will also be treated to the outdoor park and light installations of “Illuminate!” They will form the perfect backdrop to your summer selfies.

2. Cruise to a Pretty Bay on a Junk

Summer’s the perfect time to take a Hong Kong cruise and what better way spend the day than on a junk boat?  Escape the heat of the city at one of the outlying bays or beaches. If you’re in the mood for a party, some vessels even have water slides fitted and can arrange for you to rent banana boats or jet skis. We love LazyDays’ high tea and spa packages for the ultimate in pampering.

3. Enjoy a Funtastic Summer at Discovery Bay

Inflatables are also the centrepiece for Discovery Bay’s “Funtastic Summer” which runs from August 6th to 20th at Tai Pak Beach. Six huge blow-up slides from three to a whopping eight metres tall make getting wet and cooling off a laughter-driven necessity. Height restrictions apply, with the highest slides reserved for those over 1.3m tall. Dodge giant inflatable rods in the challenging Sweeper game, leap over massive balls in Brave Young Jumper and test your agility on the Colourful World bouncy castle obstacle race. With Mushroom Windmill, Strawberry Wonderland and Mini Powerboat also set up, this is going to be a must for everyone with kids this summer.

4. Master the Art of Stand Up Paddle Boarding

The popularity of stand up paddle boarding, or SUP, has risen exponentially in recent years. Once you have learned how to get your balance, it’s a great way to spend your leisure time. Master the skill and you can do yoga while afloat or even take the dog for a spin. Operators include HK Aqua-bound Centre at Stanley Main Beach, Palm Beach Club at Cheung Sha on Lantau Island or Blue Sky Sports Club, located at Sai Kung Town, where on August 19th, you can catch the fourth international Hong Kong SUP Championship event.

5. Watch the International Arts Carnival

Running until August 12th — so catch it while you can — is the International Arts Carnival. The stage is set for an eclectic mix of children’s entertainment including dancing poems, concerts from the Hong Kong Music Youth Camp, Shanghai Puppet Theatre’s reimagining of the classic Mulan and much more besides. It is without doubt one of the best family activities in Hong Kong this summer.

6. Hang out at the Beach

Of course, sometimes the coolest thing to do in Hong Kong in the summer is simply to head to the beach, and here in Hong Kong we are blessed with more than our fair share of beautiful beaches. Travel to Big Wave Bay, easily accessible by bus. You will be amply rewarded with the huge rollers that give the beach its name and attract surfers all summer long. Ham Tin Wan in Sai Kung has powdery sand, clear water and a quaint little bridge leading to the beach. We’d say that South Bay on the South Side of Hong Kong Island and Cheung Sha in Lantau are also among the best beaches in Hong Kong.

7. Hike to a Waterfall

Taking a hike under a hot sun might not be something you would expect to find on a list of our favourite cool things to do in Hong Kong in the summer. But when that hike ends with the chance of a dip in a refreshing waterfall, you will understand why we just have to include it. We recommend a trip to Sheung Luk Stream as a side trip from Ham Tin Wan beach in Sai Kung, where you can chill out in its tiered pools. Alternatively, make your way to Tai Mei Tuk to follow the flat paved path to Bride’s Pool and also, the nearby Mirror Pool. Whichever you choose, take plenty of water so you stay hydrated – the risk of getting heat stroke is real.

8. Add a Touch of Color to Your Life with the Hidden Planet Mystery Tour

Another of the best beaches in Hong Kong is Repulse Bay. While you are there, why not check out the Hidden Planet Mystery Tour at the Pulse complex. Running until the end of September, Time Out Hong Kong branded it “the most Instagram-friendly event of the summer”. The basement of this busy shopping complex will become the titular Hidden Planet. Eight zones, each with clever and colourful light installations, will impress with their audio-visual effects. Don’t miss the kaleidoscopic Rainbow Room and the mirrors which help to create the Room of Infinity.

9. Give Your Taste Buds a Workout at the Hong Kong Food Expo

Food Expo comes to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from August 16th to 20th. Food from across the globe will be showcased by the event. We are excited about the Gourmet Zone, which this year will cover four mouth-watering themes: Western Delicacy, Asian Cuisine, Sweet Delights and Green Palate. Chinese medicine and Halal food get their own areas too, if you are interested in learning more about these fields. The International Tea Fair runs concurrently so there is no excuse not to try some specialist beverages while you are there.

10. Catch a Movie at the Summer International Film Festival

You will have to wait until March 2019 for the next Hong Kong International Film Festival, but in the meantime, get your movie fix at the Summer International Film Festival. The festival runs from August 18th to 28th, meaning that there is plenty of opportunity to catch one or more of the engaging films that are scheduled. Prepare to be confronted by Touch Me Not, the controversial offering that won the Golden Bear award at this year’s Berlinale. Or perhaps watch the poignant French-made tale The Prayer about an addict’s journey to recovery which won actor Anthony Bajon critical acclaim for his portrayal of the lead character.

As you can see, Hong Kong is a great place to be during the summer. With such a range of cool events and contrasting environments within the city and its surroundings, there really is something for everyone. Come and have some fun in our beloved Hong Kong before summer’s over. Our Foodie Tour resumes on August 27th. You can check availability and book tickets right here.