Calling all daredevils! As Hongkongers continue to seek new ways to de-stress over the weekend, extreme sports have been gaining rapid popularity. While you may be tempted to hop on a plane for a weekend adventure getaway to find an adrenaline rush, extreme sports are all around us in Hong Kong — if you know where to look. Here’s our pick of the best and most thrilling extreme sports to try in the 852 – at least once anyway.
1. Dirt Biking
Do you feel the need for speed? Then put your foot down for a dirt biking adventure in the rural parts of Hong Kong. This sport involves riding a specially designed gas-powered bike over mountains and hills. Several variations of the dirt bike exist for various purposes, but they are typically built to be lightweight, powerful, fast, and nimble. You can rent a bike from Mxclub (costing from $150 to $300), or head to one of their training sessions (from $150 to $300). Ride on!
Hong Kong Mx Club, Cheung Lek Village, Tong Kung Leng, Sheung Shui, (+852) 2668 0948
2. Outdoor Rock Climbing
Skip the weekend hike for a rock climbing expedition in the mountains. Rock climbing is growing in popularity in Hong Kong, as our city’s many granite and volcanic outcrops make it a great place to reach new heights for both body and mind. Tung Lung Chau has climbs suitable for beginners and experts, making it the most popular climbing spot in Hong Kong, with Beacon Hill a close second. Chung Hum Kok, Lion Rock, and Kowloon peak are also very popular. We suggest going with friends, or if you’re a beginner, you can enrol on a course with Rock Climbing Hong Kong.
Rock Climbing Hong Kong, (+852) 3590 5687
3. Spartan Race
With over 240 races in 25 countries around the world, Spartan Race is innovating obstacle course races on a global scale. Since its entry to China two years ago, the race has become a magnet for extreme sports fanatics – but be warned, it’s not your everyday running race. Expect hardcore, yet adrenaline-pumping, endurance challenges that will have you run, climb, push, pull, throw, and crawl through walls, hills, trees, mud, barbed wire and other obstacles. Each edition of the Spartan Race is different, but they all guarantee a fun time.
4. Cross-Harbour Swim
First held in 1906, the Cross Harbour Race is one of Hong Kong’s most celebrated events, attracting thousands of international competitors, recreational swimmers, and spectators. Amid the rapid development of our city, the race took a break from 1978 to 2010, due to fears over rising pollution levels in the city’s water, however, it resumed in 2017, with each year becoming more popular than the last. The event sees athletes dive into the Victoria Harbour and swim against picturesque backdrops of Hong Kong’s iconic mountain and skyscraper view.
Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association, Unit L, 9/F, MG Tower, 133 Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, (+852) 2572 8594 / (+852) 2572 8524
Wakeboarding, which involves riding a wakeboard over a water surface, is a thrilling surface water sport developed from a combination of water skiing, snowboarding, and surfing techniques. Many junk boat packages offer wakeboarding for an extra fee, but if you’re not ready to venture out on your own, then having lessons with Wakeboard Hong Kong will get you up to speed in no time (literally). If the Wind gods are gracious, you may even get some serious soaring-in-the-air action as you skim the water.
Wakeboard Hong Kong, Tai Tam Tuk Village, (+852) 9454 5722
Developed from military obstacle course training, parkour involves running through your environment, as you jump, dodge, and climb past obstacles at ninja-like speed. This adrenaline-pumping sport encourages participants to experience their surroundings in a totally new way and imagine the potential to navigate it in the fastest way possible. Learn the basics, and the whole city is one giant obstacle course. While we should warn you that jumping from one skyscraper to another is not a good idea, there are plenty of other obstacle challenges around Hong Kong. Join the Hong Kong Parkour Association‘s weekly training sessions to meet like-minded parkour lovers.
Hong Kong Parkour Association, B09, Wang Fai Industrial Building, 29 Luk Hop Street, San Po Kong, Kowloon