Hong Kong's Summer Heat: 35 Cool Ways to Chill Out
It’s hot and it’s only getting hotter: But you’ll be cooler than a popsicle in an over-air-conditioned Hong Kong shopping mall thanks to HK Magazine's bag of tricks.
We’ve got 35 amazing things to do to chill out in the warm weather.
The best way to beat the heat? Eat, drink and party straight through it, of course.
1. Be an Italian Stallion
Wine bar Stazione Novella has revived its “Summer of Spritz” deal, with $48 Aperol Spritzes every Monday. Stop by from 5-7pm to cool down while grazing on their mouthwatering aperitivo spread. Mondays.
2. Do Dinner and a Movie
Distract yourself from the heat with something a little different: at Yum-Yum Movies at Cuore Private Kitchen, chef Andrea Oschetti screens a movie and serves up the perfect meal to accompany your film for a fully immersive experience. Next up is “Amélie” on May 31, then “Moonrise Kingdom” on Jun 21. $600 from cuoreprivatechef.com or 6903-1913.
3. Suck on Frozen Pineapple Slices
This Hong Kong favorite is available from ice-cream vendors who set up shop in public parks and cycling tracks. They serve the dual purpose of cooling you down—and ensuring your #beachbod stays on fleek.
4. Go Full Fiesta
Turn a siesta into a beach fiesta at Shek O: At Tapas by the Beach you get free-flow tapas and paella, a dessert corner and cold drinks aplenty including sangria and Nice Pops’ beer slush and ice pops. Jun 5, 1-9pm. Shek O Beach. $368 from ticketflap.com/tapasbythebeach, includes free-flow tapas and paella and five drink tokens.
5. Feel Fin
Chill out with a Carribean cooler—and help out some sea life at the same time. As many as 100 million sharks are killed each year for their fins, and at least half of the world’s shark’s fin traffic goes through Hong Kong. At Rummin’ Fins, a fundraiser for the Hong Kong Shark Foundation, $10 from every drink bought all night will go towards the charity. Jun 7, 7pm. Rummin’ Tings.
6. Party with Paris
Studio City Macau hosts the Summer Love Pool Party series all through the summer. First up is Paris Hilton on June 11, with further dates and DJs to be announced. Jun 11, Studio City Macau, Estrada Flor de Lotus, Cotai, Macau. $350-$450 from studiocity-macau.com, hotel packages also available.
7. Pool and Cool
Can’t get enough damp fun? Hit up the Hot Streak Summer Series, five pool parties in June and August at the W Hong Kong’s rooftop pool. Jun 4, 25, 30; Aug 13, 27. W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Rd. West, West Kowloon, 3717-2222. $350 early bird, $450 at the door with 1 drink; $888 for free-flow champagne.
8. Lime So Fine
Limewood hosts the ultimate beachside BBQ on June 8 at the Limewood Summer Party, an evening filled with live music, unlimited seafood and meat, and tropical-inspired drinks. There’s a session for kids from 4-6pm, and the party shifts into gear from 6pm with plenty of liquid fuel and live beats. Jun 8. $580 (kids’ session $100). The Pulse, 28 Beach Rd., Repulse Bay, 2866-8668, limewood.hk
9. Make it in Hong Kong
Tired of the usual lime sorbet and vanilla ice cream? New flavors on the menu at liquid nitrogen gelato makers Lab Made include local favorites such as “Hong Kong Custard Bun,” and “Chinese Beancurd Dessert.” “Hong Kong Milk Tea with Condensed Milk” and “Manila Mango Pudding” are also available for a limited time only, so get in quick. Through Jun 8. Various locations including G/F, 6 Brown St., Tai Hang, labmade.com.hk
10. Get Beer and Pizza
‘Nuff said. Clock off early on Friday to kick off the weekend with Motorino’s “Summer Fridays” deal: Unlimited pizza and ice-cold Peroni from 3-6pm. Fridays through Sep 30, 3-6pm. 15 Ship St,
Wan Chai, 2520-0690. $228.
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Cool Down Tips
11. Be a Fan
Buy a mini fan from a streetside vendor. You may look like an idiot fanning yourself as you hike up Ladder Street but it’s a lifesaver.
12. Get Mist
Carry around some DIY facial mist: Purée a peeled cucumber, strain and stir in ½ tsp of lemon juice, 1 tsp of aloe vera and ½ cup of rosewater. Pour into a spray bottle and spritz away.
13. Prep Right
If you don’t want to walk into the office looking like a melted popsicle, sweat-proof your makeup with these beauty hacks. Blob on some primer, especially along the T-zone, before you apply color. Opt for an oil-absorbing mineral foundation to combat the humid air. And ALWAYS GO WATERPROOF ON YOUR EYES.
14. Wristy Business
You know how you can feel your pulse in your wrist? That’s because the blood vessels are so close to the surface of your skin. Sneak to the bathroom and run cold water over this area to cool off.
15. Fever Dreams
Slap a fever patch on your forehead for instant cooling. Those non-fever-patch-forehead having critics will soon be wishing they had your genius. $24.9 for six from Watsons citywide.
16. Ice Off
Not enough air-con to go around? Fill a metal bowl with ice and add salt to the ice. Place the bowl in front of an electric fan and feel instantly cooler.
17. Flirt with Your Boss
The cold stares of your co-workers will cool you off no problem.
18. Embrace the Heat
It’s the best way.
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Nothing beats getting out into nature in summer. So who cares if it’s a little warm? You’re looking cool, and that’s the important thing.
19. Stop Dragon Your Heels
June 9 marks the Tuen Ng Festival, in which dragon boat teams from all over the city come together to splash madly at the water until victors are announced. What could be cooler? Catch the races all over Hong Kong: From the carnival atmosphere at Stanley, to the concentrated crowds of Aberdeen, to the village-feel of Tai O or Cheung Chau. Want to keep the boating going? The Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races take place that weekend right in the harbor—and San Miguel keeps the beers flowing. Tuen Ng: Jun 9. Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races: Jun 10-12, Central Harbourfront (The course runs from Central Pier No. 10 to near Citic Tower).
20. Revive Childhood Memories
Lai Yuen Super Summer is back. Once the biggest amusement park in Hong Kong, it was closed down in 1997 but it’s back as a pop-up carnival for the second year in a row. Try your luck in the indoor game stalls, and feel the breeze as you zoom through the electric go-kart track before munching on an egg waffle. July 15-Aug 7, Mon-Thu 11am-8pm, Fri-Sun 10am-8pm. AsiaWorld–Expo. $140 before noon with 10 game tokens; $180 after noon with 12 tokens, laiyuen.hk
21. Cool Off on the Star Ferry
No, not on the air-conditioned top deck. Get a window seat on the lower section of the Star Ferry to feel the welcoming breeze in your face while ignoring the overwhelming smell of diesel. Best of all, it’s just $2.80…
22. Cliff Jump
Cap off one of Hong Kong’s most beautiful hikes with a spot of cliff jumping at Sheung Luk Stream. Don’t forget to bring refreshments so you and your friends can spend a relaxing day plunging eight meters off a ledge into a natural pool created by a large waterfall. Take bus 29R from Sai Kung town, walk to Sai Wan beach, follow beach to entrance of stream.
23. Namaste Beachside
Imagine this: you’re out in the open, sand between your toes, feeling the fresh breeze on your face as you cycle through a few vinyasas. The Yoga Room’s Charity Yoga on the Beach is celebrating World Environment Day by hosting a guided session on Repulse Bay Beach. Proceeds go to The Nature Conservancy, which protects 130 million ecologically important acres of land and water worldwide. Namaste to that. Jun 5, 5:30-6:30pm. Repulse Bay Beach, Repulse Bay. $100 from eventbrite.hk
24. Stargaze at Cheung Sha
Grab your bae and a bottle and set up shop on one of Hong Kong’s best beaches. On Lantau island, away from the light pollution of the city, sit back and enjoy the constellations dancing overhead… if it’s a clear night. Take bus 1, 2, 3 or 4 from Mui Wo to Cheung Sha beach.
25. Get Soaked
Sometimes all you really need is a quick douse. Run through the Fountain Plaza at the entrance to Hong Kong Park. No bathing suit necessary: that sun will just dry you right up again. 19 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, 2521-5041.
26. Ice Is Nice
Step 1: Acquire a kiddie paddling pool from Toys”R”Us. Step 2: Fill with ice and water. Step 3: Watch as friends you didn’t even know you had come out of the woodwork to dip their feet into your urban oasis. $500 from Toys”R”Us stores citywide.
27. Make a Splash
Quench the heat at this year’s Ocean Park Summer Splash. Specific details of the event are yet to come, but it’s safe to expect lots and lots of water. In the past, we’ve had the enormous Slide Racer, bubble-bath foam parties and some water-gun fuelled dance shows—just to give you an idea of what’s in store. Jul 1-Aug 31, oceanpark.com.hk
28. Get Some Wellness
Escape the hot, grimy bustle of the city without even leaving Central: Iris: Your Escape is a two-day yoga and wellness festival that promotes clean living and spiritual connection. Take yoga, meditation and fitness classes, fill up on healthy food and drink and and more. Jun 25-26, 9am-8pm. Central Harbourfront Event Space. Free with registration at irishkg.com
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29. Hear The Big Freeze
When you can’t take the heat, head into the cold—and the coldest room this summer is the one with Benjamin Northey and the HK Philharmonic as they bring the full scope of the Arctic to life in Frozen Planet In Concert—a screening of the BBC nature documentary with live music. Bring a sweater—this is going to get chilly. Jun 3-4, 8pm. Concert Hall, Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui. $180-480 from urbtix.hk
30. Find the Force
Use the Force to stave off the summer heat at Disneyland’s new “Star Wars: Tomorrowland Takeover,” opening June 11. Take a wild ride on Hyperspace Mountain or test your lightsaber skills against Darth Vader and Kylo Ren in “Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple.” You’ll meet your favorite Star Wars characters and get a chance to stock up on over 230 Star Wars collectibles. Opens Jun 11. 3550-3388, hongkongdisneyland.com
31. Get Chin-stroking
Public buildings are invariably air-conditioned, but if you don’t want to spend three months hanging out in a library, Muse Fest is back for the second year in a row: It’s a series of more than 100 heritage walks, guided tours, film screenings and events based around the city’s museums and public galleries. Jun 25-Jul 10. museums.gov.hk
32. Work It Out
Hong Kong’s newest indoor boot camp studio HIT45 is the place to hit if you’re worried about embarrassing #squadphotos on the beach. Work up a sweat indoors rather than out with 45-minute high-intensity workouts combining cardio, free weights and bodyweight exercises. $270 for one-off session. 1/F, Abdoolally House, 20 Stanley St., Central, 9326-5379, hit45hk.com
33. Skate Dates
The city’s got plenty of ice skating rinks, so throw on a pair of skates and… hang on for dear life as you realize that skating isn’t as easy as you remember. Maybe stick to rinkside people-watching instead. Locations include Festival Walk, Elements, Megabox and Cityplaza.
34. DIY Ice (I)
Too warm to think? Make your own ice pops. Make a few basic purées from any type of fresh fruit (strawberries, blueberries, papaya), then alternate pouring the mixtures into molds or containers to create multi-colored layers. Throw in a popsicle stick and freeze for at least six hours.
35. DIY Ice (II)
Searing heat got you down? Stay chill with scavenger hunt makers Game Masters HK, who normally take you running around a district of your choice. But why not cool things down by customizing your own indoor-only game, where you dash from checkpoint to checkpoint in air-conditioned comfort? Private games from $300/person, gamemastershk.com