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Hong Kong may be the worst location in Asia to Rollerblade in. Cars will not even try to avoid you. It is weird, a car can be sitting on a sidewalk blocking all pedestrian traffic, a van can block most of the road and no one bats an eye, but politely skate on the side of the road and you throw half of the SAR into blinding road rage.

 Suitable places to skate are difficult to find, even the best of places in Hong Kong may have poor surfaces, poor lighting, or may be difficult to get to. Even some of the most use jogging lanes have to be shared with cars, blading down a small jogging path, turning a corner, do not be surprised to find a car coming towards you. Finding good places to skate in


Locations in Hong Kong

Sha Tin

Just south of the Sha Tin Sports Ground is a Nice Bike Jogging/Rollerblade Path. It goes next to the River, across the bridge and back around in a complete circle. For the most part, very nice path, but parts of it always seem to be affected by near-by construction. No Cars on this path. 


This was a challenge. MongKok is one of the most congested areas on planet earth. RollerBlading here ranges from difficult to almost impossible. But certainly most always it is dangerous and frustrating. Have we done it, yes, we even went shopping in all the vertical shops, but our advice is to visit without blades. 

YMCA Roller Rink

At 22 Gascoinge Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Tel 27826682 is a very nice roller rink, not really an indoor rink, buy nicely covered. Which means if it rains you won’t get wet, but if it is hot and humid you will be hotter and more humid than it is out of the rink. 

They offer Inline Hockey Leagues. Just Completed is a aggressive Inline skating area. Lessons and training are available. Call for Rink times (they change frequently) 

Tsim Sha Tsui

Ok we have done it. We have Bladed on the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. My Advice forget that. Cars consider avoiding you a major sin. Road Surfaces are in poor conditions. Vans on a sidewalk, Blocking all access. Blading quietly, politely down a street in HK, means hunting season is open on you.

I was on the SIDEWALK in Tsim Sha Tsui, and a taxi looking straight at me pull up across the sidewalk right in front of me, down I went. (I was wearing pads – no blood).

In front of the harbour is a “path" heading east from the Star Ferry Terminal which though not meant for skating, in fact I have been told skating is banned there, provides a bumpy ride with a great view. We were polite and no one bothered us, but who knows about next time. Good view, hard on the skates, and feet.

Hong Kong, Central

I have skated here many times, ok, I admit it, I love the danger, and dangerous it is. Forget it, do not skate here. Check out this avi file (if you have the bandwidth)

Skating in Central 

Bowen Road

Just recently I have been back to Bowen road a couple more times, and it is still being upgraded by being layered with a thick red/orange something or other. The orange goo upgrade is still a long way from being done. The sections that were dry were easier to skate on than the original asphalt, but the sections that were wet from humidity seemed to be very slick. Also vehicle traffic seemed quite heavy. There were a lot of construction guys on the road. They were standing around talking, one holding a sheet of tin or some metal, just as I went by, he turned and almost got me. I was focusing on him, so when he turned at least I was ready and slide around the metal (into him). Anyway I guess we will have to try it a few more times before we know if the "upgrade" is for the better or not. The parts of the road they chiseled to look like bricks is not better, it is much worse, but I am still hoping that when the orange stuff sets it will not be so slick when wet. Right now when wet it is pretty dangerous to skate on.

First Update: Bowen Road is being "upgraded" parts of the road have been chiseled to look that it is a brick road, why I do not know, it sure is tough to skate on now. Other parts of it are being "resurfaced". That means painted/layered with a thick red/orange clay "stuff". Maybe it is just not set properly yet, but having skated on it when it was damp from humidity, it was very slick. Our buddy Derek, skating with me this morning, who has skated here many times without incident (unlike me) slipped and went down. It is very slick when damp, BE CAREFUL. Especially with cars and trucks using the lane, skating around a corner, here comes a car, and parts of it the lane are so slick "you can not stop", BANG!!. Other parts of the road are in areas that are under construction, oily and broken up. BE CAREFUL!

Bowen Road may be the most popular lane for Blading in HK. I have seen more rollerbladers here than anywhere else in HK. But BeWare!! The surface leaves much to be desired. It has oil and concrete spills, rough spots, cracks, and holes. It has some lighting, but skating there at night is an adventure.

Even though it is barely wide enough for 2 strollers, it is used by cars as well. There are even new flats being built along its narrow lane!!

Wear a helmet and pads, the rough surface means crash potential is high, and there are lots of obstacles to bump into.

To get there either take the stairs from McDonnell Road (Near the Lane for #80 McDonnell road) – this is how I get there, but then I am practicing going up and down stairs in my blades. And then at the top of the stairs go west (left) or take a taxi to Bowen Road Park (go up Bowen Drive). There are few spots where the view is excellent. Just take care of the walkers, joggers, bicycles, scooters, dogs (lots of dogs) motorcycles, and of course the cars. In HK cars rule every road and lane.

CyberPort (HongKong south-west side)

Ok this is kind of fun – for now anyway. It is a new area in the southwest of HK Island. Not too many cars (Yet), big hill to work out on, lots of space.

Now I have done the route from Cyberport to Central along Victoria road a few times, but please do not try it. You have to skate on the Road, and many cars in HK just will NOT give you a foot of space. At all.

My last time going down the hill I had a Salomon Wheel come apart on me, down I went. I was padded up, so only a bit of blood and skin loss. Salomon Wheels, I have had a lot of trouble with those.

Anyway Cyberport is fun and fairly empty (for HK) to skate on, stay off of Victoria Road.

Tai Tam (South-East Hong Kong)

Tai Tam Reservoir Road at Tai Tam Country Park is probably the best outdoor location in Hong Kong. The only problem is getting out of the area. If you have to take a taxi you may have a bit of trouble finding one – it is a bit out of the way.

Other than that this is a great lane, Cars prohibited (Except for country vehicles – which do appear). Nice views, “reasonable” surface, not for night skating though.

The Lane goes around the reservoir until it comes to a big hill. Trust on me on this, turn around there and go back. Only really silly people would try to skate to the top, and then have to take off there skates to get back down. – Very Very Steep and very fast surface for the hill part of the lane.

Pak Pat (South-East Hong Kong)

Pak Pat Shan road Near Tai Tam Country Road is in a residential area. So you do need share it with cars, trucks, taxis, etc.. Come time to leave, getting Taxi’s out of there can be a bit of problem on occasion.

But in Hong Kong terms this is a good road for us. Traffic is fairly low. The road loops around in a Big Circle, Beginning and ending at red hill plaza. The road has some slopes, good for practice, and a good surface. I like skating here.

My only complaint is that Tai Tam park is really close to here, but you can not skate from one to the other. The short stretch of road is way too narrow and has a couple of sharp curves, so even if a car would like to miss hitting you, coming around the corner it probably could not miss you. And if there is an oncoming car there is no room for a skater. You have to drive or take a taxi between the two sites.


Shek O Road

Shek O Road runs from Tai Tam Road (in the south west corner of Hong Kong), just north a bit from Red Hill. On Tai Tam road there is a sign at the intersection pointing to Shek O.  (You can get there using  No. 9 bus heading for Shek O from the bus station outside Shau Kei Wan MTR station)

This road does have vehicle traffic on it, and on Sundays it can be a bit heavy. However as its destination is Shek O beach, a destination for relaxing and that the road has a history of being used by bicyclists, it seems to be one of the few roads in Hong Kong Most cars are willing to share. The scenery along the road is very good (See picture section). Road Surface is not bad. We generally take Shek O Road from Tai Tam road a few K to the small parking area (south side of the road) and do a few laps back and forth, we stop there as from that point on it is a fairly steep down hill. Then for the final lap we go down the hill to Cape D'Aguilar Road. Due to the traffic and the bus stopping and cars stopping to check out the view we can not go to fast, so it is a bit tiring keeping the brake on a bit down the hill. Except for the cars, and the expense of a taxi from central (120HK$) to get to the intersection,  it is one of one my favorite places to skate.

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Road Surface

Describes road surface conditions


The road surfaces here we experienced were, let me say, challenging. There are good spots, but staying focused all the time was important.

Road Conditions

Is there enough room for skating on the road? Are intersections crossable?


The roads were busy all the time!, Most roads do not have room to share. Even the most popular road for skating, jogging, etc has cars on it, and they come first.

Traffic Conditions

Describes level and condition of traffic. Is the traffic heavy, fast or erratic.


Traffic was HEAVY, Heavy. No Fun.

Driver Attitudes

Describes how drivers react to and treat skaters


Drivers here are terrible. They seem to hate us. Honking, swerving, you name it.

Danger Level

Describes overall danger of skating in this location. Everyplace is dangerous to street skate. Street skating means crumbling roads, bad drivers (or worse), air pollution and even nature. But some places are more dangerous than others


Roads are in bad condition. Cracks, rocks, rough spots, oil, spilled concrete..

Criminal Factor

How serious is crime in this location.

Never had or heard of a real problem,

Cool Factor

Is this a cool place to skate.

No. You Skate here because you are here and want to skate, not because you want to skate here.

Fun Factor

Is this a fun place to skate.


No. You Skate here because you are here and want to skate, not because you want to skate here.


Are there sidewalks, and if there are what are they like? Often having sidewalks can be worse than not having them. With a bad sidewalk drivers may assume you should be using it - no matter how dangerous it is to use, and react very badly when they see you on the road instead of the sidewalk.

They are here and they are either A. Too narrow to skate,B. Too crapped up to skate, C. Too crowed to skate, D Or have cars parked all over them.


Any other conditions or issues that were found while skating here


 All Factors here are against a good day of street skating


A summarization of the skating experience at this location.

You Skate here because you are here and want to skate, not because you want to skate here.

Desire to Return - Overall Rating

The bottom line. Is the place good enough that we want to return here to skate it more. With all the above taken into consideration how much are we looking forward return and skate this location further.



Hong Kong Photo Gallery



 Country Information




HongKong Airlines Phone List

Airport Tax

Airport tax is HK$50 (usually included in the price of airline ticket).

Business Hours

Private and government offices are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Business hours may vary depending on area. In the Central district, stores open between 9 and 10:30 a.m. and close at 6 or 6:30 p.m. Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui stores stay open later -- from around 10:30 a.m. to 10 or 11 at night.


Standard dress code for business meetings are coat and tie for men, suits or dresses for women. Pack street clothes depending on the season you're visiting Hong Kong. Bring cotton clothing during the summer and spring months. Sweaters and light jackets are sufficient for autumn (September-December) as well as handy for chilly air-conditioned offices and malls. Bring suits and overcoats for winter months (December-February).


HKD (Hong Kong Dollars)

Custom Rules and Regulations

Alcoholic Beverages: 1 litre of wine or spirits.

Entry Requirements

In most cases, a valid passport is all that is needed to enter Hong Kong. Most visitors coming from Western Europe, North & South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and many countries in Africa can travel to Hong Kong without any problem. The visa-free period of stay in Hong Kong is between 14 days and 3 months. This may vary depending on one's nationality. An entry visa is required from citizens of certain countries.

Health Risks

There are no known epidemic outbreaks in HongKong. However, if you want to obtain immunizations for diseases such as hepatitis, which is common in Hong Kong, consult your doctor before traveling. Water in Hong Kong is potable and meets international standards. But the old pipe system may be contaminating the water. To be safe, drink bottled or boiled water.




Chinese (Cantonese dialect) and English are the official languages. Mandarin Chinese, the official language in mainland China has become increasingly important and popular since the handover in 1997.

Local Climate

Hong Kong lies at the northern fringe of the tropical zone. Its seasonal changes are well marked, however, with hot, humid summers and cool, dry winters. The mean January and July temperatures are about 60 F (16 C) and 84 F (29 C), respectively. Hong Kong has a subtropical climate with distinct seasonal changes. It is often hot and rainy from spring(March-May) through summer(May-September). It is wise to carry an umbrella as the weather may be erratic during these seasons. Winters are cool and humid. Tropical cyclones, or typhoons, generally occur between June and October, and, of the 20 to 30 typhoons formed over the western North Pacific and South China Sea each year, an average of five or six may affect Hong Kong.

Name of Airport

Hong Kong International Airport. It is in Chek Lap Kok, 35 kilometers (21 miles) from the city center. It takes less than a half hour to get to the Central Station riding the Airport Express rail service -- by far the easiest way to get into the city.

Phone adaptors

Power adaptors


A 10% service charge is automatically added by most restaurants. However, waiters will appreciate small tips. Taxi drivers usually expect a tip; simply round the fare up to the nearest Hong Kong dollar.

Useful Numbers

Call 999 for Police, Fire & Ambulance (toll-free from all phones)
Airport Inquiry Hotline: 2181-0000

Useful Links

Bilingual Laws Information System -
(Laws of Hong Kong) - Hong Kong Business Resource Site
Hong Kong Government
Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong Judiciary
Hong Kong Map
Hong Kong Tourism Board
Hong Kong Tourist Guide






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