When it rains in Hong Kong it can really pour down. Having a plan of what to do in case of a rainy day in Hong Kong can ensure you have no wasted days during your visit. This is especially true in the summer months from July to September when the majority of thunderstorms take place.
Fortunately, Hong Kong is great in any weather. With such an eclectic range of things to see and do, even in the worst of storms you can still fill your days with fun and excitement. Of course, the countless shopping malls are most people’s refuge, as they provide the perfect shelter with all manner of restaurants and entertainment. But there are plenty more cool things to do in Hong Kong, take a look at a selection of our favourites.
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An obvious rainy day activity, but unmissable from our list. Hong Kong boasts some of the best malls in all of Asia, with far more than tax-free shopping – although that is a big draw in itself. Landmark Mall in Central has Michelin Star restaurants along with flagship designer brands showcasing the latest season’s trends before anywhere else in Asia. Elements in Kowloon has ice skating and live performance spaces to complement the incredible range of shopping options and I Square on Nathan Road has an IMAX movie screen, the perfect way to while away a few hours. Read More...
Afternoon tea is a tradition from the British colonial days which never went away. For many people, sitting down in a stylish drawing room with tea, cakes, scones and all the trimmings is the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon in Hong Kong. Some of the finest afternoon teas are located in the high-end hotels such as The Shangri-La Hong Kong, which has five separate afternoon tea offerings based in different venues within the hotel or The Langham Hotel, which serves their dainty cakes and Ronnefeldt tea in Wedgewood china and finishes off with macarons from the world famous patisserie La Duree. Read More...
Based inside the former Police Married Quarters of the Hollywood Road Police Force (hence the PMQ name), this block of small galleries and boutiques is home to over 100 young, local entrepreneurs who are showcasing their wares to an international market. Plus, it’s a really cool place to hang out with restaurants, bars, bakeries and coffee shops on the premises. Fine art, homeware and fashion are in plentiful supply, along with constantly changing exhibitions focusing on photography, fashion, or fine art in the large courtyard. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 07:00 - 23:00
- Address: 35 Aberdeen Street Central
- Tel: +852 2811 9098
Chinese Acupuncture Massage
Sure, you could just go to the hotel spa and be pampered with a body scrub and oil massage, but you are in Hong Kong so why not take the opportunity to get a traditional Chinese acupuncture massage? While certainly not for everyone, the practice of acupuncture dates back thousands of years and is revered by many as a way to increase vitality, boost the immune system, and cure persistent aches and pains. There are many acupuncture clinics around Hong Kong but we advise researching carefully before choosing. Oriental Health in Central is often recommended.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 18:00
- Address: 27/F, Universal Trade Centre, 3-5 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 3904 3369
Learn some Kung Fu Basics with a Shaolin Master
For something more active, head over to Lantau Island to take a class with a renowned Shaolin Master who will teach you some basics of Kung Fu. Focusing on the physical and mental sides of martial arts, this class can be taken by anyone with even a reasonable level of fitness and best of all, no prior experience is necessary. The course is six hours long and it’s a very friendly and welcoming experience (no one is expecting you to be the next Bruce Lee). As well as train in some basic kung fu, you will enjoy a vegetarian meal and visit a local temple as part of the package. The Shaolin Wushu Culture Centre is located on Lantau Island and is open to anyone over the age of eight (longer classes are also available).
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 16:00
- Location: Hong Kong Shaolin Wushu Culture Centre, Tai O, Lantau Island
- Tel: +852 2985 8898
- Price Range: HK$185 (includes a meal)
Dim Sum Banquet
Dim sum, or ‘little treats’, is the lunchtime meal more associated with Hong Kong than anything else. When it’s raining outside, take the opportunity to find yourself a seat in one of the best dim sum restaurants in town and sample the entire menu. Start with the popular shrimp wrapped in rice dumplings, fried taro cake and steamed barbeque pork buns, and progress onto the real local recipes such as braised chicken feet and tofu skin rolls.
Hong Kong’s museums have received massive amounts of cash to renovate and continually improve in recent years, which means that they really are world class. The Maritime Museum in Central and the Museum of History in Kowloon are two of the finest, which everyone should endeavour to see at least once – whether it’s raining or not! Read More...
If you enjoyed the dim sum so much, you could even decide to take a cooking class to learn how to make them for yourself. One respected cooking school focusing on Cantonese cuisine is Town Gas Cooking in Causeway Bay which has a range of different lessons. If you don’t know your then the introductory class will start with the basics, but there are more advanced classes focusing on dim sum, vegetarian recipes, Cantonese roast duck, western cuisine and desserts. Classes cost from HK$400 for a two and a half hour course. Best of all, you get to enjoy your creations afterwards.
- MRT: Causeway Bay
- Address: Shop 9A, Lee Theatre Plaza, 99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2576 1535
Live Puzzle Escape Games
Live puzzle escape games are all weather activities that also get the grey matter between your ears working. The premise is simple: work out a series of puzzles to gain your freedom within the 45-minute time limit. However, in reality, it's anything but simple. Working in a group of between two to six players, you have to piece together the clues against the clock. Games are designed for anyone aged seven and over. Don’t worry if you get stuck as each game is assigned a 'Game Master' to offer assistance if needed. There are live escape games dotted all over Hong Kong but we especially like Lost HK, close to Times Square Shopping Mall in Causeway Bay. They have different games to play so you can play multiple times if there’s a particularly heavy storm overhead.
- Opening Hours: 13:00 – 22:00
- MRT: Causeway Bay
- Address: 15 Matheson St, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2892 2393
- Price Range: HK$150-340 depending on the time and day
Not all rooftop bars are open to the heavens, and this is a blessing when the heavens decide to open as you can still enjoy a luscious cocktail with a panoramic view – even when it’s belting it down! Our pick would have to be Aqua Spirit, located on the 29th and 30th floors of the One Peking Building in Kowloon. Protected by a slanted glass partition, the views are stunning in any weather and the food and drink are among the best in Hong Kong. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Lunch: Mon - Fri 12:00 - 14:30; Dinner: Mon - Sun 18:00 - 23:00
Aqua Spirit: Mon - Sun 16:00 - 02:00
- MRT: Tsim Sha Tsui East (Exit L5)
- Address: Level 29 + 30F, One Peking Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 3427 2288