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Are you fed up with your fitness classes, hitting the gym, or even bored of weekend water sports? Why not try something more alternative? Skateboarding has been growing in popularity in recent years, and the skateboarding and rollerblading scenes in Hong Kong has developed with it. With each passing year, new skate shops and skateparks pop up throughout the city. Luckily for you, Hong Kong has plenty of venues and areas designated for these types of extreme sports. Whether you are just a beginner or looking for places to further develop your skills, here are some of the best places to skate and rollerskate in Hong Kong.
This 2,000-square-foot skatepark is a cosy little edition to whoever is living around the east side of Hong Kong Island. The Chai Wan Poolside Garden skatepark has all the essential skate apparatus to hone in and polish your skateboarding tricks. From a mini halfpipe to boxes, and rails, there are endless possibilities for you to practice those tricks. There is even plenty of flat space for you to practice your ollies and kickflips. The park opens from 7 am to 10 pm and is usually fairly busy on the weekends.
Chai Wan Poolside Garden, Sun Ha Street, Chai Wan
The Tsuen Kwan O Skate Park was designed and built by Convic, an Australian company that specialises in designing skateparks globally. This is by far one of Hong Kong’s most well known and spacious skateparks, that is open for all levels of skateboarders. The skatepark features a whole array of different ramps, rails, and ledges for you to do tricks on. Drinking fountains, first aid station, changing rooms, and other facilities in your disposal if you ever need it.
Tseung Kwan O Velodrome, Po Hong Road, Tseung Kwan O
Super Park is a Finnish company that has indoor adventure parks all over the world. Luckily, the one here in Hong Kong has an indoor skate park, including other fun activities such as street basketball, a trampoline platform. Super Park is the perfect place for beginner skateboarders as they offer, in house, skateboards and pads. In addition, they also do skateboarding classes with enthusiastic instructors and coaches.
Super Park, Shop G03, G/F, One SilverSea, 18 Hoi Fai Road, Tai Kok Tsui
Noted for being one of the smoothest skateparks in Hong Kong, the Fanling Skatepark is considered to be the locals favourite skate spot for tricks and places to improve their skills. The highlight of this skatepark is that it has three sets of smooth bowls which you can practice your drop-in, pumping, carving, and turning. If you are looking for a late-night skate this is definitely the place to go as the park closes at 11 at night. The only limitation to this skatepark is that it is quite far away as it is located in Fanling, however, it is easily accessible by the MTR’s East Rail line.
Fanling Skatepark, On Lok Mun Street, On Lok Tsuen, Fanling
This skatepark located in the Kowloon Side of Diamond Hill is another well-known place for any level of a skateboarder. The Diamond Hill skate park is inspired by Sydney’s world-famous Bondi skate bowl and has plenty of other cool boxes and rails to skate on. This skatepark usually hosts various competitions and skate events, therefore making it a very popular and reputable skate spot. The park also includes changing rooms, floodlights, and drinking fountains making it very convenient and a nice environment for skaters of all calibres.
Diamond Hill Skatepark, 140 Po Kong Village Road, Diamond Hill
One of the most well-known parks in Hong Kong, Victoria Park has many venues and facilities for a range of different sports, from tennis, swimming, football, and even handball. Right by the handball courts is a roller skating rink where people can roll around. Since this is a public facility, there are no rollerskate rentals or lessons you can find there. However, there are plenty of rollerskating schools and companies located all over Hong Kong.
Victoria Park Skating Rink, Viking Garden Block A, 42 Hing Fat Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Located on the eastern side of Hong Kong Island, Checker Inline Staking School is a professionally run roller skating school and shop. It offers a range of lessons and different courses for anyone who is interested in starting or improving their rollerskating skills. Apart from teaching and selling rollerskating gear, the school even have their own rollerskating rink; therefore, making it a very convenient and reputable place. Their staff are all very kind, professional, and knowledgeable about the sport of rollerskating and will defiantly make your time worthwhile.
Checker Inline Skating School, 19th Floor, Room 05, Eastern Centre, 1065 King’s Road, Tai Koo
Morrison Hill Skatepark is one of the best-known skate and rollerskate parks in Hong Kong. Conveniently located in Wan Chai and the Morrison Hill area, this skatepark has been here the longest out of all the other skateparks that have only recently been built. The skatepark was not always a skatepark, as it was initially used for an outdoor bike and rollerskating track. Don’t expect too much when you are there as the park only offers ramps, resembling speed bumps, and rails. There is also plenty of flat section that is good for practising, learning, and developing your skateboarding tricks.
Morrison Hill Road Playground, Oi Kwan Road, Morrison Hill