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Date nights and weekends could get repetitive when you’ve been dating for a while. Whether you’re looking for date ideas for a Tinder match or you’re racking your brain for something unique to celebrate a wedding anniversary, here are some summer date ideas that will help revive old relationships and bring a spark to new ones.
Visit a Pineapple Farm
Move along, strawberries—we’re eating pineapples at Go Green Organic Farm. Filled with all things pineapple related, the farm has everything from a pineapple statue to ice cream pineapple buns and even Mascot Pi Pi, a cartoon goat in a pineapple costume. While you’re there, you can DIY your own air plant terrarium or even feed the farm’s beloved pet goats!
Go Green Organic Farm, Si Pai Shek, Kam Tin, Yuen Long | (+852) 5579 2178
How much: $60 entry fee
Take a spontaneous weekend trip
Grab your S.O. and go on a last-minute weekend trip and explore a new city. Thanks to the Hong Kong West Kowloon railway station, we’re now able to travel to 58 places in China without interchanging trains or buses. For weekend trips, however, we’d suggest choosing from the short-haul services to Futian, Shenzhen North, Humen or Guangzhou South, where travel time spans between 15 to 75 minutes. Worried about finding a place to stay? Airbnbs in many parts of China are exceptionally cheap and stylish, usually costing less than $500 a night. There’s even Airbnb Plus in Guangzhou, a selection of exceptional homes verified through in-person quality check by the Airbnb team.
Hong Kong West Kowloon Station, West Kowloon | (+852) 2120 0888
How much: $78–$245 depending on location for second class seats
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Plan a fancy picnic
Picnicking is nothing new, but have you had a super fancy, seven-course picnic? Go the extra mile and surprise your date with Invisible Kitchen’s gourmet picnic packages. You’ll find delicious bites inside the wicker basket, including a bottle of champagne, canapés such as a miniature black pudding and scotch egg, starters, sandwiches, skewers, meat and cheese platter and finally, desserts. For plant-based eaters, vegetarian picnic baskets are also available for you to choose from. Delivery only available on weekends and public holidays and booking is required three days in advance.
Invisible Kitchen, Unit 08, 24th Floor Honour Industrial Building, 6 Sun Yip Street, Siu Sai Wan | (+852) 2711 5788
How much: $1190 for a seven-course picnic hamper for two
Put your beer tasting buds to the test
If beer is your poison, head over to The Artist House to taste test Belgian beers with your loved one. This 3,200 square-foot space is home to their own hydroponic aqua-farm and fragrance laboratory where they grow their own supply of spices, edible flowers and herbs, using them to develop a range of edible fragrances to flavour their drinks. Can’t get enough? Go on their website to order customised beer bottles, where you’ll be able to choose your favourite ale, then decorate the bottle with your favourite couple photo.
The Artist House, 9 Kingston Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2658 8818
$58 per glass or bottle
Elevate the “Be a tourist in your own city” experience by renting a qipao and cheongsam from Yan Shang Kee. With numerous modern designs for the ladies to choose from, you’ll be transported in time the second you slip the dress on. Afterwards, you can flaunt your matching outfits while visiting historical sites and ancient landmarks, or spend the day hunting for photogenic backdrops for that perfect Instagram selfie. If you’re doubtful about your S.O.’s photography skills, Yan Shang Kee also has photographer recommendations on their website.
Yan Shang Kee, Flat C, 1/F, 16A Elgin Street, Central | [email protected]
How much: $700 for the qipao and cheongsam couple’s package. Full day rental from 9am–6pm
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Photo courtesy of Trybe
Learn acrobatic tricks to impress your boo
If watching Cirque du Soleil isn’t enough for you, try a couples-only Acro Adagio class at Trybe in Wong Chuk Hang. Acro Adagio is a circus act where partners lift and balance each other, making impressive poses and using each other to perform tricks. While this might not be somewhere that you’ll bring your first date, couples who are looking for a challenge should definitely give it a go.
, Unit 209-210, 2/F, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang | (+852) 3427 9017
How much: $200 per drop-in lesson
Test out camping recipes
Stock up on camping goodies at Decathlon and spend a weekend at one of 41 designated campsites at country parks throughout Hong Kong for some quality alone time with your partner. After setting up the campsite, challenge each other to a campfire cook-off before getting ready for a night of romantic stargazing. Just make sure you do your research on camping recipes and buy the ingredients before you make your way to the country parks—there aren’t any ParknShops there. This might be a good opportunity to figure out whether or not you and your S.O. can survive in the wild together...
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