If you love the sudden burst of energy that hits you during an adrenaline rush, here’s a list of things that you MUST do when you go to Hong Kong. A country known for its shopping and food, once you have completed this list, you will never look at Hong Kong in the same way. You will shiver at the thought of your adventures but vow to come back and experience it all over again.
1. Tat tak school
Plagued by numerous haunted tales, the abandoned Tat Tak School is known as one of the most haunted location in the city. A ghost was once seen squatting where the gym of this deserted school used to stand, and a lady in red has been spotted through the windows – rumored to be a teacher who committed suicide in the school toilets. Strange graffiti, metal cells and hollow books are other things that can be found on these haunted grounds. Even locals and cabbies refuse to drive past this school. If you dare to enter and explore, you are a true adrenaline junkie but beware, you might not like what you find.
Opening time: Open all day and night
Location: Yuen Long Tat Tak School, Ping Shan
2. Freeing HK
Freeing Hong Kong is a real life escape game where you have a mere 45 minutes to work out the clues given to escape from a locked room. Every room has a different theme – we suggest the Prison Break room in order to truly experience the horror of being locked away from civilization. Still doesn’t sound scary enough? You’ll be playing blindfolded, handcuffed and locked in a dark room. Even if this ended up being too easy for you, it sure is immense fun that cannot be missed.
Opening time: 12:00 – 00:00
Location: Various outlets at Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui, Tseun Wan, Yuen Long, Macau, Freeing Robot City and Causeway Bay
Cost: HKD $98/person, Sat/Sun/Public Holidays HKD128/person
3. Ocean Park
Here’s something that won’t scare you in a creepy, haunted way, but the rides in Ocean Park will thrill you to no end will keep you queuing up for more. Unlike its competitor (Disneyland Hong Kong), Ocean Park is a true heaven for the adrenaline junkie who loves to plunge into the air suddenly or turn round and round on a rollercoaster. However Ocean Park is not just about its hair-raising rides, it’s a wonderful place for families with animal shows and other child-friendly rides, so there’s something for everyone.
Opening time: 10:00 – 22:00
Location: Wong Chuk Hang and Nam Long Shan in the Southern District of Hong Kong
Cost: HKD320 for adults, HKD160 for children aged 3-11
4. High street haunted house
Here’s another haunted place to get your heart racing. The High Street Haunted House, locally known as the Sai Ying Pun Community Complex was originally built for European nurses in the 1800s. During the Second World War, it was seized by enemy troops and used as an execution hall where prisoners were tortured and killed. It has since been badly scarred by two fires. It has been said that headless ghosts were spotted running down the corridors in the silent night. We do not suggest going to both the Tat Tak School and the High Street Haunted House in the same day, but if you want to push your limits and test how strong your heart is, proceed and hopefully live to tell the tale.
Opening time: Open all day and night
Location: 2 High Street, Sai Ying Pun
5. World’s highest bungee jump
While Macau is not exactly in Hong Kong, we couldn’t resist putting this on the list. Just a one hour ferry ride away, Macau boasts the world’s highest bungee jump at the Macau Tower. Free-falling from a height of 223m high, adrenaline-junkies will experience a 4-5 second death fall at speeds of up to 200km/h. If jumping down the equivalent of a 70-storey office building doesn’t give you a heart attack, the hefty price of doing so (HKD 2888) might. Do give it a shot though, how often can you brag about jumping down a building and living to tell the tale?
Opening time: 11:00 – 19:00
Location: Level 61, Observation Deck Macau Tower
Cost: HKD $2888