Out with the old and in with the new
When a new year comes around most of us make resolutions that involve our health, fitness or diet. All of which are great things to strive for, but (let’s be honest) they could use an injection of fun. We don’t always have time for ourselves, so why not take up a new hobby this year! Hong Kong is home to many unique and fun things that you can do on your own, with your spouse, or even with the whole family. To give you some inspiration, we’ve rounded up ten of the most interesting activities to try. Let the fun begin!
Get your swing on with Hong Kong Swings! Swing is a fun and upbeat style of dance that was popular from the 1920s to the 1940s. This organisation has plenty to offer to the solo-mama or if you want to try something different with your spouse. Free social classes are held every Wednesday at Grappa’s Cellar with formal four to five-week studio courses also available in Sheung Wan ($230 for a drop-in class, $680 for a full-course).
Hong Kong Swings, Viva Dance, 9/F Dawning House, 145 Connaught Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Crafts aren’t just for kids! Make and Do Hong Kong is a creative platform for everything handmade. It offers a variety of workshops in which you have the chance to express and create a variety of unique items like candles, brush-stroke lettering, macramé making, figure-drawing, embroidery and more. For a full list of upcoming workshops check the Facebook page.
If you’re looking for a low-key hobby that gives back to the community, there are plenty of local volunteer organisations that need people just like you. No Cantonese? No problem, there are many organisations that require English or no language skills at all. Volunteering is a satisfying activity that you and the whole family can get involved in. Check out our list of volunteer organisations to get you started.
Looking for a fun way to take care of your mental and physical health? Try Tai Chi! This martial art is a defensive style that has fluid and dance like movements. It is also a spiritual activity in which the movements are linked to the Chinese concepts of yin and yang. Since it’s one of the most popular styles of martial arts in Hong Kong, there are classes you can join for a nominal fee all over the city. View and register for Tai Chi classes through The Leisure and Culture Services Department website. You can even try Tai Chi Sword classes!
Want to learn how to cook Cantonese food? Home’s Cooking Studio is prepared to give you the full immersive experience. Not only does it teach you how to prepare delicious home-cooked Cantonese food, but it also starts you off by taking a trip to a local wet market so that you can buy the ingredients first — just like a local! Classes are available during the week with morning and afternoon sessions starting at $750 per person.
For something a little different, why not try pole dancing. Similar to gymnastics (except you just have one piece of apparatus), this intensive art is a phenomenal workout and a great confidence booster. Aerial Arts Academy has been training dancers of all levels since 2009 and with three locations to choose from, and an extensive and varied schedule, you’re sure to find the right course to get you started.
Be your own bartender and learn to mix cocktails and drinks like a pro! For an hour and a half at the Ozu Bar in Central, you’ll learn the essentials of making two different unique cocktails from a professional mixologist. This is a great hobby to get involved in with your Mama friends, because you can stick around and enjoy your drinks at the bar afterwards! $2,880 (6 people minimum) plus $480 for each additional person up to a maximum number of 20 people.
Ozu Bar, 1 Hollywood Rd Shop G6, Central, Hong Kong, 3705 1455, sign up online
Since the emergence of technology, calligraphy has become a less common skill. This art of writing is challenging to learn, but also meditative. Kalo Make Art is one of Hong Kong’s leading calligraphers and designers, where you can learn to make beautiful hand-crafted cards, letters and invitations with either a fountain pen or a brush pen. Fountain pen workshops start at $700 per person and include a calligraphy starter kit.
You’ve probably heard all about kombucha (fermented tea) and its list of extensive benefits, such as being a natural source of probiotics and an antioxidant. If this is a drink that you find yourself swigging back frequently, or have always wanted to try, did you know that you can make your own? That’s right! Food Craft (the venue that specialises in crafting healthy food for purchase and showing you how to do it) has a step-by-step class. As well as making kombucha, it also offers a variety of bread making courses, alongside making miso, kefir, tofu and more!
Capoeria is a form of Afro-Brazilian martial arts that mixes acrobatics and dance. The roda is the circle in which fighters will play music on various African-type instruments, as well as sing, which sets the rhythm of the fight for two or more fighters within. This martial art is fast-paced, graceful, highly social and a ton of fun. It’s a great way to get fit, strong and agile outside of the old gym class. Axé Capoeira is an international capoeira company, with trainers from Brazil bringing plenty of expertise. It has two locations on Hong Kong Island with classes available for both adults and kids.
Axé Capoeira Hong Kong, G & 1/F, Cameron Commercial Centre, 458-468 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
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