When you think about Hong Kong, climbing is probably one of the last things that come to your mind. Whereas, Hong Kong is one of the best climbing spots in Asia. If you think about starting climbing or you are new in Hong Kong and want to continue this amazing sport, you will find here some tips how to do so.
We all know that space in Hong Kong is limited. So, lower your expectations when it comes to climbing gyms in HK. However, despite small space, they can offer you a great climbing experience. If you are new to climbing, indoor bouldering can be a good start for you. There are four indoor bouldering gyms in Hong Kong that I know about. I visited all of them. If you go there during off-peak hours, you might share the place with few people. During peak hours, it can be very crowded.
Unit C2, G/F, Wing Hing Industrial Building, 14 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
This is the biggest bouldering gym in Hong Kong. It is located in Kowloon, close to Kwun Tong MTR. The problems are interesting. The place is clean. There are many foreigners climbing there. The entry can be pricey. One day pass costs around 22€. They don’t change their routes very often. I came there first time in November and found the same problems around April year after.
Room D, G/F, Prince Industrial Building, 706 Prince Edward East Road, San Po Kong, Kowloon
This is my favourite gym in HK. The atmosphere is great there. I like their staff. They are friendly and share some tips with you when you work on your problem. The gym is around 10 mins walk from Diamond Hill station. They add some new routes very often. As for the price, you need to pay around 23€ for one day pass. Check from time to time HK Groupon website. There was a time, they were offering quite cheap one-hour classes with an instructor, and afterwards, you could climb all you wanted.
Shop B, G/F Tin Fung Industrial Mansion, 63 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong
This is the only climbing gym on Hong Kong Island. I visited their place twice. Recently they moved to a new, bigger place. They can be quite harsh with a grading, so don’t be surprised if you have some troubles climbing your usual grade. Their problems are really interesting. All-day pass cost 11,50€ before they moved. I don’t know if they changed the price.
3/F, 89 Larch Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon
The place is small. You need to know someone or contact some people in the FB group. There is no staff. You come, climb, and pay around 9€ by putting it in a box. I went with some of my friends who know the place and have an access. It’s quite hard to find it if you are going there for the first time.
The thing with climbing is that you need a level-one or even level-two certificate to be able to climb on high walls in Hong Kong. You should definitely check YMCA Indoor Climbing Wall. There are also some governmental indoor and outdoor climbing walls, with a very friendly price. I was climbing with the CUHK Rock Climbing Club. They were organizing some fun days so I never had to worry about it. You can follow their fan-page for the upcoming events.
One of the best thing about climbing in Hong Kong is that most of the climbing areas are accessible by public transport. Some of the areas are on islands where the ferry goes only during weekends.
Hong Kong offers around 600 boulder problems going up to V10. Main areas include:
The most popular climbing area is the Tung Lung Chau Island. You should check the Lion Rock area too. But, there is way more than that. The Hong Kong Climbing website offers a detailed description of all the areas with topos. You will get all the necessary information there. Around 90% of climbing routes are bolted so the standard sport climbing rack should be fine.
MEETUP AND WEBSITES
If you are looking for a climbing partner or want to try it out with someone experienced, there are some websites you can use. Check this Meetup group for outdoor climbing. They organize some random climbing trips not only in Hong Kong but also in other Asia areas. The Hong Kong Climbing website is where you will get practically all the information you might need. Try their forum to look for a climbing partner. Teaming up with local climbers can help you solve the gear problem.
SHOPS AND EQUIPMENT
Unfortunately, there is no place where you can rent gear. You need to bring your own or find some people in HK to climb with. There are some shops where you can buy missing stuff. I noticed that the prices might be higher than elsewhere.
5/F & 6/F Oriental House
24-26 Argyle Street
t: +852 2390 0980
2/F, Kin Tak Fung Commercial Bldg
467-473 Hennessy Road
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
t: +852 2390 0020
Chamonix Alpine Equipment
G/F & 1/F
6A Nelson Street
t: +852 2388 3626, 2384 8190
Hong Kong Mountaineering Training Centre
G/F & 1/F
1K Fa Yuen Street
t: + 852 2770 6746
Mountain Services Ltd.
52–56 King’s Road
North Point, Hong Kong
t: +852 2541 8942
Enjoy this amazing sport, and if you have any question, just comment!