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Team building: a burden for some, a necessity for others, and the perfect excuse for a jolly good time for most! Whether you work for a global company, a small start-up or even if it’s just you and your business partner, it is always beneficial to leave your desk for an afternoon, get to know your colleagues better and explore a different side of Hong Kong. With this in mind, here’s our round up of the most inspiring, relaxing and daring activities to suit every team.
Be it an afternoon jamming on instruments, or a good old-fashioned karaoke sing-song, never underestimate the power of music to bring a group together.
Here to help fulfil your secret rockstar dreams, Team Music gives you and your team the opportunity to re-enact “Rock Band” IRL. Whether you choose to strum along on the guitar or pitch in with the vocals, the session will challenge you to play two songs together as a band in English, Cantonese or Mandarin. We love that Team Music not only strengthens all your corporate qualities (i.e. leadership agility, team chemistry and change management), but further allows you to flex your creative muscles. Don’t worry, no prior musical experience is necessary! Available for half-day or full-day corporate retreats.
Sol Passion Music
DJ beats more your thing? Sol Passion Music has you covered with its “Dare To DJ Experience” – an interactive electronic music education and performance activity. Participants will have the opportunity to learn everything from basic keyboard techniques, scratching, electronic music making, recording and singing in a series of instructor-led mini workshops. Again, no previous music experience is required, and the team will even help set up catering options if you choose to host your event at Sol Passion’s studio facility in Quarry Bay.
It’s no secret that Hongkongers adore a spot of karaoke. And quite frankly, we’re right there with them. After all, who doesn’t love belting out singalong classics at the top of their lungs? It’s good for the soul and the endorphins, making karaoke a team building no-brainer. Even better, it requires little to no organisational effort. Simply book a room and you’re good to go. Some of our favourite joints include CEO Neway, Music Box Karaoke (reservation only) and Red MR. Meanwhile, Blackroom has the added allure of board games, video games and ping pong tables, while Sonder comes complete with darts and beer pong.
Blackroom, 508 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 9179 0667, 6687 1581, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.blackroomhk.com
CEO Neway, various locations across Hong Kong, 2196 2196, www.newaykb.com
Music Box Karaoke, 10/F, 10 Prat Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2368 1927, email@example.com, www.musicbox-hk.com
Red MR, locations in Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, TST and Mong Kok, www.redmr.com
Sonder, 14/F, BCC Building, 25-31 Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 6808 0050, www.sonder.com.hk
Read more: The Best Karaoke Bars In Hong Kong
There’s nothing like stepping out of a stuffy, air-conditioned office into the beauty of nature to encourage team bonding. And given that Hong Kong has so many great natural wonders, it’d be positively criminal not to indulge in something active for your big day out.
Hikes can be a great place to start, but do ensure that the difficulty level is suitable for your participants. Looking for a route close to the office? We recommend both Lady Clement’s Ride to Aberdeen Country Park and Wong Nai Chung Reservoir to Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir, which are both just a short taxi ride away from the central business district.
Read more: The Best Beginner Hikes In Hong Kong
Inspiration Lake Recreation Centre
If a hike feels too strenuous then how about renting pedal boats or surrey bikes over at Disneyland’s Inspiration Lake Recreation Centre? Located a 15-minute walk away from the main park, the lake boasts shimmering water, a fountain and scenic mountain views. There’s also an arboretum – a woodsy park-like area next to the lake – which is perfect for picnics and a gentle stroll.
Inspiration Lake Recreation Centre, Hong Kong Disneyland, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, www.hongkongdisneyland.com
For the more adventurous, water sports are a great way to make the most of Hong Kong’s waters whilst perfecting your team’s trust and communication skills. From kayaking around the islands (we’re fans of Sea Kayak Tours) to windsurfing in Cheng Chau (with Cheng Chau Windsurfing Centre) and paddle boarding in Sai Kung (Blue Sky Sports Club offers a six hour beginners “Discovery Program”), there’s a whole range of activities covering every difficulty level.
Blue Sky Sports Club, Sha Ha Road, 743-751 Tai Mong Tsai Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2791 0806, firstname.lastname@example.org, bluesky-sc.com
Cheng Chau Windsurfing Centre, 1 Hak Pai Road, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, 2981 8316, email@example.com, www.ccwindc.com.hk
Sea Kayak Tours, 54 Lo So Shing Tseun, Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island, Hong Kong, 9313 9165, firstname.lastname@example.org, seakayakhongkong.com
Read more: 10 Water Sports To Try In Hong Kong
Given Hong Kong’s notoriously temperamental weather, something indoors may be your most reliable option when the forecast is looking a bit iffy. Luckily, with its plethora of escape rooms, game centres and indoor parks, the city is well placed to accommodate this.
Ryze Hong Kong
FYI, being indoors doesn’t mean you have to settle for something less active. Case in point: Ryze is Hong Kong’s ultimate trampoline park and offers a range of extreme air sports. Bounce your worries away on over 7000 sq. ft of connected trampolines, or get your Cirque de Soleil on with aerial silks suspended high above a foam pit. Looking for the ultimate team challenge? We dare you to take on Ryze’s Ninja Obstacle Course. Good luck!
Paintball And Laser Tag
If you’re looking to test your team’s strength, agility and teamwork, a spot of paintball or laser tag could be just the thing. Perfect for those who need to let off some steam and prove their metal (or not!) in front of their colleagues, take your pick from a number of indoor battlegrounds situated across Hong Kong, including Impact Force CQB, Lasermads and Crossfire Arena.
Crossfire Arena, Shop 306 – 308, 3/F D2 Place Two, 15 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 9669 0321 (Booking Hotline), 5178 2700 (Event Planning), email@example.com, crossfire.hk
Impact Force CQB, 3/F, Kaiser Estate, Phase 1, 41 Man Yue Street, Hung Hom, Hong Kong, 6687 7422, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.impactforcecqb.com
Lasermads, 11/F, Ying Kong Mansion, 2-6 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2343 3033, 6166 9004, email@example.com, www.lasermads.com
Intellectual fortitude meets nerves of steel in this popular team building pastime. In many ways, escape rooms are the ultimate test of patience and communication, with a dash of mystery thrown into the mix. Some of our favourites include Lost Hong Kong and Freeing HK. And check out Sandbox VR for an escape room with a virtual reality twist.
Freeing HK (Causeway Bay), 10/F, Richmond Plaza, 496 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2711 1791
Freeing HK (Mong Kok), 4/F, Pakpolee Commercial Centre, 1A Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2711 1785, www.freeinghk.com
Lost Hong Kong (Causeway Bay), 1/F, 1-3 Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, (Entrance on Lee Garden Road), 2892 2393, 9881 0001 (Team Building Enquiries)
Lost Hong Kong (Mong Kok), 8/F Oriental House, 24-26 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, 2390 0093, 9881 0001 (Team Building Enquiries), firstname.lastname@example.org, www.losthk.com
Sandbox VR, 4/F, Tern Plaza, 5 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2311 9995, email@example.com, sandboxvr.com/hongkong
When it comes to getting your team’s attention, naturally food and drink spring to mind! Aside from the deluge of fine eateries Hong Kong has to offer, there is plenty in the way of hands-on cooking classes and wine tasting courses to try.
Cooking classes are the very definition of a win-win situation. You’ll learn new culinary skills and get something tasty to eat at the end of it! Being the foodie city that it is, of course Hong Kong has plenty of options available. Those with a sweet tooth can join The Mixing Bowl for pastry making fun, or BakeBe for a lesson in how to create Insta-worthy treats. Alternatively, carnivores will love the sausage-making class at The Butcher’s Club. Looking for a bit of everything? Try the dim sum workshop at Yum Cha where you’ll learn how to whip up Hot Custard Buns and Pork and Shrimp Siu Mai, before indulging in the signature Afternoon Tea Set for yourselves.
BakeBe, 3/F, Kam Chung Commercial Building, 19 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2117 9622, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bakebe.com
The Butcher’s Club, G/F, Westlands Garden, 12 Westlands Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, 2388 9644, email@example.com, thebutchers.club/events
The Mixing Bowl, 23/F, The Pemberton, 22-26, Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2524 0001, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.themixingbowlhk.com
Yum Cha, 2/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 2891 6622 (Events), email@example.com, yumchahk.com/our-events
If your boss thinks eating is cheating, then a liquid lesson could be on the cards. A little more refined than an office night out, wine tasting combines education and alcohol, making it one of our preferred methods of team bonding. For a picturesque setting, Ginsberg+Chan boasts a beautiful garden terrace, located right in the heart of Central, and comes with the option of hiring its in-house Sommelier. The Flying Winemaker also provides some fantastic wine experience options, including casual tastings and a wine pub quiz! In the mood for cocktails instead? Get in touch with The Woods for curated spirits tastings and cocktail workshops.
The Flying Winemaker, 2003B, 20/F, Arion Commercial Centre, 2-12 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2522 2187, firstname.lastname@example.org, flyingwinemaker.com.hk/events
Ginsberg+Chan, 6/F, Loke Yew Building, 50-52 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, 2504 2221, email@example.com, ginsbergchan.com
The Woods, 17 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 9132 1802, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.thewoods.hk/workshops
If budgets are tight, why not organise an in-house Scooper Bowl in the boardroom? Invite everyone to bring in their favourite ice cream and a sprinkling of toppings, and voila! Bake offs can also be great fun, especially if you volunteer to be on the judging panel…
Arts and crafts are great for getting those creative juices flowing and may provide a welcome change of scene for those in more corporate sectors! Encourage your team to channel their inner Picasso with an afternoon at artjamming or Studio 83 where resident artists can help you create motivational themes or projects tailored to your company’s specific needs. Or why not branch out into home decor DIY with Choco L’ART Studio? Happy to get your hands dirty? Touch Ceramics offers a range of private workshops covering everything from pottery to porcelain painting. Whichever craft class you opt for, you can look forward to taking home your creation and having it as a prized memory for years to come.
Choco L’ART Studio, 2B, Yan King Court, 119-121 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.chocolart.com.hk
Studio 83, 13/F, Winning Centre, 46-48 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong KongStudio 83, 13/F, Winning Centre, 46-48 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.studio83.com
artjamming, 4D Yally Industrial Building, 6 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, www.artjamming.com
Touch Ceramics, Shop 203, 2/F, Block 3 Barrack Block, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2562 9000, email@example.com, www.touchceramics.com
Sometimes the team just deserves a break. So why not make your team building adventure a chance for you and your colleagues to sit back and relax in peace? While Hong Kong is known to be work hard, play hard, there are still plenty of options for easy-going down time, including luxury spas and sun-soaked junks!
Nothing says R&R like a spot of pampering in one of the city’s many spas. With “sparties” growing in popularity, there are plenty of places offering private spa sessions. Sense of Touch caters to parties large and small, meanwhile the skilled therapists of Sparadise will travel to your venue of choice for ultimate ease and convenience. There’s also LUSH, which boasts three custom party packages for a fun (and educational) pampering time packed with massage treatments and palm reading. And if you want to go all out for the team, Mandarin Oriental offers group sessions, though you may want to run this past HR before adding it to your company plastic!
LUSH, various locations across Hong Kong, 2423 3833, firstname.lastname@example.org, hk.lush.com
Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 2825 4888 (Spa Concierge), email@example.com, www.mandarinoriental.com
Sense of Touch, various locations across Hong Kong, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.senseoftouch.com.hk/spa-party
Sparadise, 3 -4/F, 60 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2997 2208, email@example.com, www.sparadise.com.hk
All At Sea
One of Hong Kong’s most celebrated pastimes has to be all things boats. Let’s face it, there aren’t many who would turn their nose up at a junk and, as team building activities go, this option really does ensure there’s something for everyone. Good food for the culinary-minded, water sports for the active, and sunshine (fingers crossed) for those who want to top up their tan. Alternatively, if we’re talking an evening soiree, the majestic Aqua Luna can be hired out for private functions. Or for boating with a difference, Saffron Cruises offers a variety of fishing trips (where they cook your catch on board straight away!), as well as more standard cruise packages.
Aqua Luna, 2854 1813, firstname.lastname@example.org, aqualuna.com.hk
Saffron Cruises, 5/F, Foo Sang Building, 69 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2857 1311, 6493 2650, email@example.com, www.saffron-cruises.com
Read more: Your Ultimate Junk Trip Guide
Editor’s Note: This article was originally written by Fenella Dale on 9, January 2018 and was updated by Jessica Ng on 11, October 2019.
Featured image courtesy of Pekic via Getty, image 1 courtesy of Sol Passion Music via Facebook, image 2 courtesy of Blue Sky Sports Club via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of Lasermads via Facebook, image 4 courtesy of Facundo Ruiz via Unsplash, image 5 courtesy of Touch Ceramics via Facebook, image 6 courtesy of Aqua Luna via Facebook.