Step back into 1980s Hong Kong at Bun’s 2020 skating rink

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  • Named after the amusement centre that closed in the 90s, this indoor roller skating rink is perfect for parties and travelling back in time
  • You may run into Hong Kong’s only remaining artistic roller skater, Katherine Choi, who teaches lessons and trains at the venue
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We recommend a matching 80s-style outfit to go with the vintage aesthetic at Bun’s. Photo: Bun’s 2020

If you did not know what the 1980s were like in Hong Kong, now is your chance to find out.

Bun’s 2020, a 20,000 sq feet skating rink and the largest in the city, opened last month in Quarry Bay. Its name pays homage to the 80s-era Bun’s Amusement Centre in New Town Plaza in Sha Tin, which closed in the 1990s.

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Entering Bun’s is like stepping back in time, to when skating was at its height. It’s a nostalgic look at what roller skating was like before you were born, complete with an 80s soundtrack of Cantonese and English hits, fluorescent neon lights, and of course, a disco ball hanging over the smooth, wooden floors of the rink.

Bun’s was founded by a group of enthusiasts who used to skate at Victoria Park, and who wanted to share their passion with everyone. Not only is the facility designed for people of all ages and skill levels, but it is the only indoor rink where you can rent double-row skates.

Children as young as four are allowed in the facility. You can also book a party for up to 10 people, complete with food and drinks – we recommend coordinating with your friends and agreeing on a vintage dress code.

The venue is divided into two areas: a main skating rink for the public, and a smaller training area for learners and group classes.

There, you might also bump into Katherine Choi Wing-yee, one of the city’s few remaining artistic roller skaters. She has won 35 local roller-skating titles in Hong Kong and has represented the city in competitions since she was just 10 years old. She is also the 2019 China in-line figure skating champion, and now works as a teaching consultant at the newly-opened rink.

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“This facility allows people who used to practise this sport in the 1980s to revisit old times,” said Choi, who also trains at the rink. “At the same time, it has revived a trend that has been stagnant for nearly 30 years.”

Since Hong Kong’s only indoor venue for roller skaters closed in 1996, Choi’s training ground had always been the outdoor rink at Victoria Park. But with this new space, Choi said she did not have to brave the heat and rain any more. A year-round, indoor venue – with air conditioning – allows the sport to get more attention.

The venue also offers lessons, which will hopefully nurture young talent to love skating and become torch-bearers of the sport in the city.

“It is now more accessible for people to try out the sport – which is a great idea,” Choi said.

Prices for Bun’s 2020 vary from HK$140 to $HK280, depending on whether you go in the day or night and on a weekday or weekend, and you will need to book a slot online before you go.

7/F, Kodak House 1, 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

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