7 unusual activities to try over the holidays

Hong Kong is one of the most exciting, vibrant cities in the world. But for many people who live here, life quickly falls into a safe routine of the same bars, clubs and restaurants.

It’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy of food fads, or yet another new joint serving over-priced cocktails for its short life span. But turn off the well-worn paths and you’ll soon discover a veritable treasure trove of exciting and unusual things to do. Here are seven of the best.

Bubble Soccer

Anyone can join a local team and play football all over Hong Kong. But did you know that you can also climb inside a massive bubble and purposefully crash into each other while playing as well? This sport has to be experienced to be believed. Visit www.bubblesoccer.hk.

Bungee jumping

A boat ride away and you’ll find the world’s highest bungee jump at Macau Tower. Plunge from a 233-metre high platform and free fall at a speed of 200 kilometres per hour. To get into the ultimate extreme sport, visit www.macautower.com.mo.

Graffiti

West Hong Kong is quickly becoming the defacto hipster hangout on the island, complete with boutique galleries and astonishing urban art. Before you take to the streets yourself, sign up for a (legal) graffiti course and discover its secrets. To study graffiti at the City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong, visit www.cityu.edu.hk.

Ice skating

In a city where it never snows, you can get a taste of what you’re missing – on ice. Head down to the Cityplaza Ice Palace in Quarry Bay and chill out. Multi-level ice skating courses are on offer; bonus points for not falling over. Visit www.cityplaza.com.

Nitrogen ice cream

In a city obsessed with dessert, it might tickle your fancy to know that Hong Kong plays host to Lab Made, Asia’s first liquid nitrogen ice cream factory. The low-fat ices are made fresh in front of you, taste silky smooth, and make you feel a little bit like a Bond villain. For store locations, visit www.labmade.com.hk.

Paragliding

You’ve done the hikes, discovered the secret beaches, and camped in Pui O. Now experience Hong Kong from a totally different angle by paragliding over the lush mountains and beautiful bays. For basic or intermediate certification courses, available in Sai Kung, visit www.paraglidehk.homestead.com.

Trampolining

Remember how fun trampolining can be? Well, let loose your inner child at Ryze, Hong Kong’s enormous trampoline park in Quarry Bay. Also featuring dodge ball courts and foam pits galore, this isn’t just fun, it’s a proper workout for the entire family. Visit www.ryzehongkong.com.

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Contributed by Nick Thorpe for www.thehkhub.com