Visit an Arcade!
One of the most enjoyable ways to spend a little money is to play a bunch of arcade games. It feels like you’ll never outgrow this part of your childhood, but in Hong Kong you don’t need to! It’s common to see adults playing just as many games and even beat their children!
Useful Website: HK’s Best Arcades
Take a Fighting Class!
Keep in shape, learn how to defend yourself and stay dry (apart from the sweat)! Taking a fighting class such as Kung Fu, Kickboxing or Boxing is a great way to keep yourself busy during the rainy season. Prices vary depending on the class, but its worth every penny!
If you never learned, then shame on you! But its never too late! Grab a pair of skates and a partner to hold onto and head into the one of many indoor ice skate rinks in Hong Kong!
Useful Website: HK’s Best Ice Rinks
Take an Artistic Class!
Plug in to your creative side and take an artistic based class such as painting or pottery! Not only is it super relaxing, but its not as expensive as you might think!
Take a Temple Tour
If you want to escape the rain for a little bit, why not try exploring one of Hong Kong’s many temples? A perfect example is the Man Mo Temple which offers tours explaining its cultural and historical heritage! With so many temples to choose from, there is bound to be one near you!
Directions: Man Mo Temple, 124-126 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island.
Useful Website: Discover Hong Kong.
Culture at Chungking Mansions
Often a place avoided in the past due to its terrible reputation of drugs and criminals, slowly the Chungking tower has cleaned up its reputation. Now you can get lost within the markets in which sellers will shout across the aisles to sell you SIM cards, but all is not lost! The micro-culture within the mansion is unlike anything else in Hong Kong and allows those who are brave enough to try some of the most delicious foods from around the world!
Directions: 36-44 Nathan Road, Thsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
Useful Website: Chungking Mansion.
Climbing is not only good exercise, but extremely fun. While it seems intimidating at first, even beginners can start with very little guidance, but if you want to take lessons they are available! Escape the rain and learn how to climb under a roof before the good weather comes and you can test your skills outside!
Directions: Unit C2, G/F, Wing Hing Industrial Building, 14 Hing Yip St, Kwun Tong.
Useful Site: Go Nature Climbing Gym.
With the History and Science museum in Hong Kong being situated next to each other and allowing for free admissions on Wednesday, as well as the Art museum only cost HK$10 to enter, you have no excuses! Hong Kong’s museums are some of the most entertaining and interactive in the world, so why miss out?
Directions: Hung Hom MTR Exit D1, follow the signs for the History and Science Museum. For the Art Museum, the closest subway station is Tsim Sha Tsui, then follow the signs!
Dialogue in the Dark
Dialogue in the Dark is often refereed to as the “blind museum,” but is a great place to have an adventure and unique memory. You’ll explore through a maze of darkness accompanied by a blind leader, while you will have a lot of fun solving puzzles. This activity is best enjoyed in a group or with a date! Tours can be given in either English or Cantonese!
Directions: Shop 215, 2/F, The Household Centre, Nob Hill, 8 King Lai Path, Cheung Sha Wan.
Useful Site: Dialogue in the Dark.
If you’re looking for some bad singing and drunken shenanigans, then karaoke is the spot to be. Found predominantly in Japan or South Korea, karaoke has been constantly expanding in Hong Kong. Grab a group of friends, escape the rain and sing away!
Directions: HK Clubbing Directory.
Useful Website: Best Karaoke CNN.
Get a Massage
While a lot of the massage places in Hong Kong are very seedy there are a lot of legitimate establishments that are solely focused on making you feel relaxed. Rain isn’t stressful, but any excuse to relax for an afternoon!
Directions: Massage places are everywhere in Hong Kong!
Useful Website: The Mira.
If celebrities are your thing, then going and taking some photos next to their wax figures and pretending they are real is a good way to spend a rainy afternoon. You’ll be surprised by the sheer variety of famous wax models and how realistic they look!