There is so much going on each month in Hong Kong. From shopping to shows to kids’ activities, here’s our list of what’s new and happening around the city this season for all the family.
Hebe Haven Yacht Club is holding its annual 24-Hour Charity Dinghy Race on the weekend of 22 and 23 October. The event raises funds of over HK$10 million for local charities, Ideal, Treats, Sailability, Children’s Cancer Foundation and the Sai Kung District Community Centre. This year’s Hawaiian-themed event will be bigger than ever, with the race village featuring over 30 stalls, plus food and drinks, music, bouncy castles, face painting and more. Head along for a fun day out for all the family.
Renowned founder of Cookie DPT and CARBON, Wil Fang, has joined forces with three leading figures in the local fitness industry (Jess Shih, Soojin Leu, and Dan Yeung) to open holistic wellness destination Renation. Far from a regular gym, the expansive studio on the third floor at H Code in Pottinger Street, features four distinct areas, all designed to provide holistic offerings catered to different facets of wellness and health. At one end of the space, “Recycle” is dedicated to rhythmic cycling, and at the other, “Recondition” offers strength and conditioning classes. “Recover” offers an area to rest and stretch with the help of physiotherapists and sports masseuses and “Recharge” is a juice and smoothie bar where you can enjoy a signature Spirulina Colada and other healthy treats.
Find out more at renation.com.
Tales of India
Bhakti Mathur, author of the bestselling Amma, Tell Me series of children’s picture books, has released her fifth book in the series: Amma, Take Me to the Taj Mahal. This time, Amma, Shiv and Veer take the reader on a historical tour of the Mughal empire that led to the creation of the renowned Taj Mahal. Through questions and anecdotes, Amma tells her boys the stories of Babur’s invasion, Akbar’s great reign, and Shah Jahan’s undying love for Mumtaz, while peppering them with interesting titbits about what it took to create the architectural marvel. Available at Bookazine HK from October.
Easier Testing for Kids
AquilaVIE has launched a new COVID-19 rapid test kit for children that offers a more comfortable alternative to standard nasal RATs. The AQ Lollipop features a two-in-one oral and nasal swab that gives two options for sample collection with equal reliability. Aimed at children aged one and up, the oral test is simple to administer: just swab the inside of the mouth and cheeks for a total of 15 seconds. The dual test can also be used for standard nasal collection and results are provided in 15 minutes for both options. The AquilaVIE Kids line also includes children’s face masks in a butterfly design (in four fun colours!) that provide a better fit for little ones’ faces, and all-day comfort and protection. Special offer: The brand is offering a Back-to-School Bundle containing 20 AQ Lollipop Tests and a box of 20 Butterfly Masks at a special launch price of $498 (worth $868), including a free backpack (while stocks last).
Shop online at shop.aquilavie.com.
The Sevens is Back!
Rugby fans rejoice, the Hong Kong Sevens will finally return to the HK Stadium this year after a three-year hiatus. The November 2022 edition (4 to 6 November) has been added as an additional 11th tournament at the start of the 2023 World Rugby Sevens, with another tournament taking place in its usual slot in April next year. This year’s event will see men’s teams only compete in the main competition, with all core Sevens Season teams playing, including Hong Kong. There will be no Challenger Series, women’s competition or mini-rugby (these will take place at the April 2023 HK Sevens).
For info and updates on COVID restrictions, check the website. hksevens.com
Kiztopia comes to HK
Looking for weekend or holiday activities for the kids? We have exciting news. Singapore’s mega-indoor kids’ edutainment centre Kiztopia will be landing in Hong Kong this September with the opening of its first overseas flagship outlet in New Town Plaza Play Park. Spanning over 12,000 square feet, the massive indoor playground features 15 play areas, including a giant climbing and slides area with a four-metre-high slide and Occupational Experience Zones themed around cartoon characters. Perfect for a family day out, the centre will keep kids (and parents) happy and entertained while helping them develop new skills. Starting 29 August, enjoy a 10 percent early bird discount on three ticket offers – Single Admission Ticket, 10x Admission Pass and Annual Pass – when you book on the Kiztopia website and Klook online platform.
The Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM) in West Kowloon Cultural District opened its doors on 3 July after five years in the making. The impressive seven-story building is a replica of Beijing’s Palace Museum located in the Forbidden City and will house over 900 works of art across 13,000 square metres. The museum’s nine galleries will showcase priceless cultural treasures from the Palace Museum including Chinese paintings and poems, calligraphy works, household objects and even clothes and utensils used by ruling emperors. Other facilities of the HKPM include indoor and outdoor public spaces, a museum shop, restaurants, an auditorium and activity rooms.
Good News for Film Buffs
Love a good movie? Hong Kong’s newest cinema destination, M+ Cinema, has opened its doors to the public. Located at M+ Museum in the developing West Kowloon Cultural District, the cinema was designed by renowned Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron and comprises three movie houses with 180 seats, 60 seats and 40 seats respectively. Programmes will include feature films, documentaries, experimental cinema, video art, restored classics and newly discovered or rarely seen films.
A Tribute to Hong Kong!
Premium stationer and gift brand The Lion Rock Press has launched the latest in its range of luxury 1000-piece double-sided jigsaw puzzles. Entitled “Tribute to Hong Kong”, the puzzle was created by The Lion Rock Press Founder Claire Yates alongside art therapist Katie Flowers, by cutting phrases and images from The South China Morning Post’s Post Magazine (diligently saved by Claire’s grandparents every week). The resulting collage depicts defining moments, forgotten details and unique idiosyncrasies in the form of icons, characters, street scenes, wildlife, well-loved foods and other familiar memories of Hong Kong from over the years.
Find it at online at thelionrockpress.com.
Sustainable travel accessories brand Sonder has launched an all-in-one seat cover to keep you safe and comfortable on any journey. The ROAM travel cover ($437) is made of eco-friendly, naturally antibacterial cotton bamboo fabric that fits plane, train and car seats; it folds into a light, easily packable pouch that can be used to store belongings when in use – very handy! And it comes in five colours: Olive, Pebble, Indigo, Slate and Cherry.
Find it online at sonderonthego.com.