It’s summer, and you want to be active and moving around. But it’s also so hot outside! Here’s a suggestion: rock climbing or bouldering in an indoor gym. You’ll have the AC, but also a physically challenging and mentally stimulating time.
What’s the difference between rock climbing and bouldering, you ask? The height, essentially. Bouldering is a type of rock climbing that goes up to 4-5 meters, so you don’t need a harness. For those wanting to get a quick feel of the sport, bouldering is an easier option that requires less gear and preparation.
Here are some of the best rock climbing gyms in Hong Kong.
Located in Mei Foo, Player Climbinggym is a popular option among the community, offering a kid climbing wall, more than 10,000 square feet of bouldering walls, as well as various courses for individuals and groups. The bouldering walls are set with a wide range of routes of various levels, suitable for both beginners and experienced climbers. A day pass is priced at HK$288 for adults, or you can book an introductory course which includes a one-hour beginners program and a day pass for immediate use after.
6B & 6B1, The Upper Ground Floor of Lai Chi Kok Bay Garden, 272 Lai King Hill Road, Mei Foo, theplayerclimbing.com
Smaller and more affordable, Campus Climbing is a boutique bouldering gym in Jordan. First-time visitors can get a discounted package of a day pass and shoes rental at HK$150. While the bouldering walls are smaller, it features enough routes to challenge beginners and experienced climbers alike. There is also a rope climbing wall for kids, and even board games at the resting area for when you and your friends used up your upper body strength!
1/F, 600 Jordan, Jade Suites Podium, Canton Road, Yau Ma Tei, instagram / @campusclimbing_hk
With two branches in San Po Kong and Heng Fa Chuen respectively, Just Climb is a professional rock climbing gym with a wide range of facilities. The San Po Kong branch features eight climbing walls and a shower facility, while the Heng Fa Chuen branch is bigger and features routes set by internationally recognized route setter in Japan. Book parties for groups or join their rock climbing courses of various levels. A beginner’s course is priced at HK$398.
Learn more at justclimb.hk
GoNature Climbing Gym is one of the biggest climbing gyms in Hong Kong with over 100 bouldering routes from level v0 to v7. Every walls leans at a different angle, so it’s more challenging and varied for experienced climbers. There are many climbing courses available for people who want to delve deeper into the sports. The HK$350 introductory course includes a 55-minute coaching session, a day pass, and shoes rental. You’ll learn important safety procedures and climbing techniques to get started. For experienced climbers who need no tutorials, a day pass is priced at HK$188 per person.
Unit C2, G/F, Wing Hing Industrial Building, 14 Hing Yip St., Kwun Tong, gonature.hk
Best suited for experienced climbers, Verm City features more advanced routes compared to the other gyms mentioned in this article. The Quarry Bay gym also has an Clip n Climb park, designed as a combination of both an amusement park and rock climbing. You don’t need to have previous climbing experience to join, and it’s also great for kids. You can purchase a session pass at the Clip n Climb park at HK$250, and a day pass of the bouldering walls at HK$250.
4/F, Kodak House 1, 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay, vermcity.com
The largest climbing gym in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Climbing Park is located in Sha Tin and features three zones in total: lead zone for rope climbing, a bouldering zone, and a ninja warrior zone that puts your strength and reflexes to test. It’s also the only Hong Kong climbing gym where you can experience top rope climbing and lead climbing.
Perfect for climbers for all levels, Hong Kong Climbing Park also offers regular certificate courses. First-timers can book an introductory course online ($398 per person), or get a day pass (HK$228) if you’re a veteran climber.
Level 2, Belair Gardens Shopping Arcade Phase 2, 52 Tai Chung Kiu Road, Sha Tin, hkclimbingpark.com