7 Ways To Stay Warm In Hong Kong This Winter
1/7 Hit the gym
We get it—when it's cold, there's nothing you want more than to channel a sloth and stay in bed. But, nothing gets your heart rate (and temperature) up quite like an intense workout.
2/7 Get pampered at the spa
Winter is one of the best times of the year to pamper yourself at one of Hong Kong's many luxury hotel spas, including the Peninsula Hong Kong, Four Seasons Hong Kong, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong and Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, just to name a few.
Treat yourself to an indulgent massage, facial, or both—no matter the treatment, the spas offer a variety of facilities including saunas, hammam and/or crystal steam rooms, vitality and swimming pools, jacuzzis, relaxation and aura rooms.
3/7 Catch some infrared rays
Any sauna can get your temperatures rising, but an infrared sauna penetrates much deeper into your muscles, tissues and joints to help you detox, improve circulation, lose weight, relax and boost your immunity.
Just 30 minutes can have you burning up to 700 calories, and the near-infrared wavelength is actually the most effective wavelength for healing the upper layers of the skin through collagen production. In Hong Kong, the Skingym offers infrared sauna sessions at HK$300 a pop, with introductory offers starting at HK$280.
Skingym, The Centrium, 21/F, Room 6, 60 Wyndham Street, Hong Kong, +852 2810 8088, theskingym.com.hk
4/7 Get steamy at spicy hotpot
Gather your friends and family for not just any hot pot, but a round of steamy, spicy, Sichuan hot pot. Ranging from fiery hot to can't-feel-my-tongue numbness—with options for non-spicy broths, of course—we've curated a list of the five best places in Hong Kong to get your spicy fix.
See also: 5 Best Spots For Sichuan Hot Pot In Hong Kong
5/7 Sweat it out at hot yoga
Didn't sweat enough at hot pot? Keep on dripping with a few classes of hot yoga. Available at Hong Kong yoga studios like Pure Yoga and The Yoga Room, hot yoga increases your pulse and metabolism in a heated room of up to 40 degrees Celsius, allowing you go deeper into your stretches than you normally would.
Regular (unheated) yoga also raises your body temperature naturally, so why not follow in the footsteps of Hong Kong's top male and female yoga teachers to find out where they'll be teaching next.
See also: Hong Kong's Best New Yoga Studios
6/7 Guzzle hot liquids
Another way to keep yourself warm (and hydrated) is by carrying a thermos/vacuum flask water bottle with you at all times. Whether you choose a Thermos, Zojirushi, Tiger or, our personal favourite, S'well bottle, you'll stay warmed up with your favourite hot beverage of choice.
Plus, you'll be doing the environment a favour too by bringing your own bottle around town—another reason to feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Find them at SOGO, 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, sogo.com.hk
7/7 Stock up on warm items
Winter is only beginning here in Hong Kong, so stock up on warm and snuggly items that will protect you from the cold—we're talking faux fur jackets, knitted sweaters and leather boots—all of which can be purchased from one of Hong Kong's many crowded (read: heated) malls or from the comfort of your own living room.
See also: 10 Cool Weather Picks To Keep You Stylish And Chic