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14 best team-building activities in Hong Kong

By Kopal Manglik 2 September 2021

Header images courtesy of Artffiti HK (via Facebook)

As we come back from extended periods of work-from-home arrangements, it is essential for companies to focus on building team camaraderie and spirit. Regardless of whether you are a small team in a start-up or part of a global team in a multinational corporation, creating an afternoon of fun and purpose can help bring people together, creating greater synergy and collaboration moving forward! With that in mind, we have put together a list of team-building activities—from games to charity, team development, or even just a party, there is something for every team!

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Fun

If you are looking for fun, easy activities as a way to get to know your colleagues better and develop some untapped skills, look no further! Here are some of the best entertaining activities to do with your team.

Escape rooms

Escape rooms are a great way to truly get to know your colleagues—whether they are the patient puzzle-crackers, team motivators, naturally inquisitive types, or just cannot wait to get out of there and grab a beer. With a bit of mystery and a sense of accomplishment once finished, an escape room is a fun-filled gathering for all teams!

Both Lost and Freeing HK are famous escape room companies with branches in Mong Kok, while Lost also has locations in Causeway Bay, Central, Cheung Sha Wan, Tsuen Wan, and Repulse Bay.

Lost HK, locations across Hong Kong

Freeing HK, 4/F, Pakpolee Commercial Centre, 1A–1K Sai Yeung Choi Street, Mong Kok | (+852) 2711 1785

Photo: Crossfire Arena (via Facebook)

War games

If your team is feeling a bit antsy and you need to find a way to let off some steam while having fun, paintball, laser tag, or war games might be just right for you! Shooting each other with paint, lasers, and Airsoft guns has got to be good for team morale, right? Impact Force CQB is the largest indoor wargame facility in Hong Kong, while City Hunter in Ngau Tau Kok has a sprawling 10,000-square-foot space, where you can either play war games or laser tag. Meanwhile, Crossfire Arena in Lai Chi Kok offers archery tag, bubble soccer, laser tag, dodgeball and even classes on how to wield Jedi-worthy “neon sabres” in its fun, neon-lit space.

City Hunter, 1/F, Gee Luen Factory Building, 316–318 Kwun Tong Road, Ngau Tau Kok | (+852) 3105 0666

Crossfire Arena, Shops 306–308, 3/F, D2 Place Two, 15 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok | (+852) 9669 0321

Impact Force CQB, 3/F, Kaiser Estate, Phase 1, 41 Man Yue Street, Hung Hom | (+852) 6687 7422,

Photo: Artffiti

Art jamming

For the more creative types, what better way to do a team bonding activity than creating beauty together (while also sipping on some wine or beer)? Art jamming remains a popular team-building activity, with plenty of studios offering group packages—so there may well be a host of options close to your office! Some of our favourites include Oscary Art in PMQ, Magen Studio in Causeway Bay, Art Fête in Yau Ma Tei, and Muse Art Jam in Mong Kok, but you can also click here to read our full guide to art jamming studios.

Oscary Art, S511, Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central | (+852) 9588 1514

Magen Studio, 3/F, 470 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay | (+852) 9444 9477

Art Fête, Shop 6E, Harvest Moon House, 337–339 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei | (+852) 9874 4650

Muse Art Jam, Room C, 12/F, Kwong On Bank Mong Kok Branch Building, 728 Nathan Road, Mong Kok | (+852) 9884 8827

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Karaoke

While karaoke nights might be a regular for you and your friends, karaoke is also a great team-building activity if you want to see your team unwind! It helps your slightly shyer colleagues a chance to let go of their inhibitions, and also allows the louder ones to shine! Given that karaoke is built for groups and there are a plethora of venues to choose from, it is easy to organize and will undoubtedly be a hit!

Click here to read our full guide to karaoke.

Photo: The Mixing Bowl HK (via Facebook)

Cooking classes

You get to have your cake and eat it too? A great team-building activity is to get everyone together to see who can make the best food—and of course, you all get to enjoy it at the end. Being in Hong Kong, you have tons of different cuisine options, but some that you can’t go wrong with include the fool-proof baking tutorials at BakeBe, huge range of Western cooking classes at Mixing Bowl, beginner-friendly classes on Hong Kong-style dishes at Local Cooking Experience, or of course, ABC Cooking Studio which has a little bit of everything!

Click here for our full guide to cooking classes.

Bakebe, locations vary

The Mixing Bowl, 23/F, The Pemberton, 22–26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan | (+852) 2524 0001

Local Cooking Experience, meet outside Exit A1, Lei Tung MTR Station | (+852) 9275 9715

ABC Cooking Studio, locations vary

Charity

Sometimes, the best way to bring people together is to do something for others. Hong Kong has a number of different charity and volunteer opportunities that are not only fun but also help give back to the community!

Photo: @plasticfreeseas (via Instagram)

Beach cleaning

Despite how much we might love going to the beach, Hong Kong doesn’t have the cleanest beaches or waters. A number of different charities organise regular beach clean-ups, and you can organize one just for your team or office with the help of great charities like Hong Kong Clean Up and Plastic Free Seas! And after a day’s worth of hard work, you get to admire and enjoy the results of the beautiful, spotless sands—what could be more rewarding than that?

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Photo: @hkdr_official (via Instagram)

Dog-walking

What is better than spending time with your colleagues? Spending time with your colleagues while petting dogs, of course! Most of the animal rescues around Hong Kong are always in need of a helping hand, whether you go to walk the dogs, clean the kennels, or help fundraise. Hong Kong Dog Rescue and Sai Kung Stray Friends Foundation are just some of the rescues that always welcome volunteers, but you can also click here to check out our comprehensive list of animal rescues.

Hong Kong Dog Rescue, 6 Shek Lin Road, Tai Po

Sai Kung Stray Friends Foundation, 151 Tai Lam Wu (Past Ho Chung), Sai Kung

Photo: @feedinghk (via Instagram)

Feeding Hong Kong

This incredible charity works around the clock to reduce food waste and help feed people in need in Hong Kong. Your team can contribute either by joining the bread run—where you can collect surplus bread from bakeries near closing time and bring them to the charity’s collection points—or by helping out during the warehouse sessions by sorting and repacking food.

Feeding Hong Kong, Unit 715–717, Block A2, Yau Tong Industrial City, 17-25 Ko Fai Road, Yau Tong | [email protected]

Team development

Fun and games are a great way to address team spirit and collaboration, but sometimes a little extra is needed to help the team work as effectively and cohesively as possible—which is where organisational psychologists and team development coaches come in. With comprehensive analysis, interactive activities, and constructive feedback, these individuals and organisations can change your way of working for the better!

Photo: SmallWorld Experience (via Facebook)

Small World Experience

With the largest portfolio of team building activities in Hong Kong, SmallWorld Experience has something for every company! They offer several unique programmes like treasure hunts, casino parties, and dragon boat races, and have recently expanded to business simulations and virtual team development. Their experts will work with you to find the best solution for your team, at your convenience and even in your space!

SmallWorld Experience, Room 1106, Kai Wong Commercial Building, 222–226, Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 6556 3684

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Team Building Asia

With their extensive experience working with organisations across Asia, Team Building Asia can deliver over a hundred different team-building activities and skill-development programmes to help you create high-performing teams. These can be in-person or virtual, tailored to your needs and ensuring greater trust, harmony and happiness in your teams. A win-win for you!

Team Building Asia, Unit B, 2/F, 708–710 Prince Edward Road East, San Po Kong | (+852) 3001 5872

Photo: Henry Chamberlain Consulting - HCC Global (via Facebook)

HCC Global

With trained industrial-organisational psychologists at its helm, HCC truly understands the art and science of team dynamics. Their intensive team development process helps you build high-performance teams by aligning on vision, trust, ownership and execution. They have extensive experience working across borders and cultural divides, so reach out if you’re looking for some help!

HCC Global, 20/F, Central Tower, 28 Queen’s Road Central, Central

The Orchard Partnership

Providing a range of consulting services including top-level executive coaching, sales training and team coaching in Hong Kong, Asia, and beyond, the coaches work to help create the growth and commitment reflected in their name. They will work with you and your team to bring a collection of diverse individuals together into a fully functioning team; achieving better results, building strong bonds, and overcoming challenges.

The Orchard Partnership, 66/F, The Center, 99 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 9871 4295

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Parties

And sometimes, you are just looking for a way to celebrate your team’s latest win! So here is a collection of ideas to enjoy an evening with your colleagues, revelling in your success.

Photo: @saffroncruises (via Instagram)

Junk party

To enjoy a day in the sun and sea, your best option is to organise a junk boat party! Whether you’re looking for a day trip with water activities or an elegant evening out under the night sky, there’s a junk company for every occasion—but failing that, you can also charter the famous red-sailed Aqua Luna junk for an evening of drinks against the twinkling nighttime cityscape.

Click here for our full guide to junk companies, and here for our guide to junk party caterers.

Photo: @flirtyfridays (via Instagram)

Wine and dine

For a unique and fun evening, you can organise a private bespoke dining experience. Whether you are looking to call a private chef to your own venue or book out a private kitchen for the entire company, there are plenty of options—and if you’re lucky, you may even be able to add entertainment on top of the food!

For a bespoke dining experience, reach out to Flirty Fridays to help you execute your vision down to a tee—floral installations, unique venues, custom menus, and all. Otherwise, you can also book out private kitchens like Pomegranate Kitchen, Sabor, and Yin Yang Coastal for their signature takes on Middle-Eastern, Spanish, and farm-to-table Chinese cooking, respectively.

Pomegranate Kitchen, Unit 4B, Sing Tech Factory Building, 44 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen | (+852) 2580 0663

Sabor Spanish Private Kitchen Cuisine, Room 601, 6/F, Cheungs Building, 1–3 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan | (+852) 2481 8828

Ying Yang Coastal, House 117, Ting Kau Village, Tsuen Wan | (+852) 2866 0868

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Kopal Manglik

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Kopal started the Instagram page @adoptdontshop.hk when she realised she was following seven different dog rescue shelters in Hong Kong and was not even looking to adopt! Her platform shares information about all animal rescues primarily focusing on highlighting dogs and cats available for adoption. As an active participant of the Hong Kong pet community, Kopal also runs Hong Kong Foster Pawrents, volunteers at dog rescues, is a foster mama herself, and is currently pursuing a certificate in canine behaviour. When not involved in animal advocacy, Kopal is an avid reader and coffee drinker, and you can find her looking for new coffee shops to explore.

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