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Are you fed up with your fitness classes, hitting the gym day in and day out, and even getting 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 have 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.
Chai Wan Poolside Garden boasts a 2,000-square-foot skatepark and makes for a cosy addition to the eastern side of Hong Kong Island. It has all the essential skate apparatuses to hone and polish your skateboarding tricks. From a mini-halfpipe to boxes and rails, there are endless possibilities for you to practice your tricks, plus flat space for you to work on 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 Tseung Kwan O Skatepark 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 spacious skateparks, open to all levels of skateboarders. The skatepark features an array of different ramps, rails, and ledges for you to do tricks on. Drinking fountains, first-aid stations, changing rooms, and other public facilities are all at your disposal, should you need them.
Tseung Kwan O Skatepark, Po Hong Road, Tseung Kwan O
Noted for being one of the smoothest skateparks in Hong Kong, the Fanling Skatepark is considered to be a favourite amongst locals as a place to improve their skating skills. The highlight of this skatepark is that it has three sets of smooth bowls, where you can practice your drop-ins, 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 pm.
Fanling Skatepark, On Lok Mun Street, On Lok Tsuen, Fanling
Located in Diamond Hill, this skatepark is another well-known spot for skateboarding. The Diamond Hill Skatepark is inspired by Sydney’s world-famous Bondi skate bowl and has plenty of cool boxes and rails to skate on. This skatepark usually hosts various competitions and skate events. The park also includes changing rooms, floodlights, and drinking fountains, making it extremely 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 rollerskating rink, where people can skate around. Since this is a public facility, there are no rollerskate rentals or lessons available here.
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 managed rollerskating 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 has their own rollerskating rink, making it a very convenient place to practise. Their staff are all kind, professional, and knowledgeable about the sport of rollerskating and will make your visit worthwhile, especially as a beginner.
Checker Inline Skating School, 19/F, Room 05, Eastern Centre, 1065 King’s Road, Tai Koo | (+852) 2977 5128
Morrison Hill Road Playground is one of the best-known skateparks in Hong Kong. Conveniently located in Wan Chai, this skatepark has been around the longest out of all the other skateparks in Hong Kong. The skatepark was not always a skatepark, as it was initially used as 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 ground that is good for practising, learning, and developing your skateboarding tricks.
Morrison Hill Road Playground, Oi Kwan Road, Morrison Hill