Immerse yourself in 1980s Hong Kong at Bun’s 2020 Ice Rink – YP
If you didn’t know what the 1980s in Hong Kong looked like, here’s your chance to find out.
Bun’s 2020, a 20,000 square foot ice rink and the city’s largest, opened last month in Quarry Bay. Its name pays homage to the ’80s Bun’s Amusement Center at New Town Plaza in Sha Tin, which closed in the’ 90s.
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Entering Bun’s is like stepping back in time to when skating was at its peak. It’s a nostalgic take on what roller skating was like before you were born, with an 80s soundtrack of Cantonese and English hits, fluorescent neon lights and, of course, a disco ball hanging from the smooth wooden floor. of the ice rink.
Bun’s was founded by a group of enthusiasts who used to skate in Victoria Park, and who wanted to share their passion with everyone. Not only is the facility designed for people of all ages and skill levels, it’s the only indoor rink where you can rent double row skates.
Children from four years old are allowed in the establishment. You can also book a party for up to 10 people, including food and drinks – we recommend that you coordinate with your friends and agree on a vintage dress code.
The site is divided into two areas: a main ice rink for the public and a smaller training area for learners and group lessons.
There you might also come across Katherine Choi Wing-yee, one of the last artistic roller skaters in town. She has won 35 local roller skating titles in Hong Kong and has represented the city in competitions since the age of 10. She is also the 2019 China Inline Figure Skating Champion and now works as an educational advisor at the newly opened ice rink.
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“This facility allows people who played the sport in the 1980s to revisit the olden days,” said Choi, who also trains at the rink. “At the same time, he revived a trend that had stagnated for almost 30 years. “
Since the closure of Hong Kong’s only indoor venue for roller skaters in 1996, Choi’s training ground has always been the outdoor rink in Victoria Park. But with this new space, Choi said she no longer had to brave the heat and rain. A covered site open all year round – with air conditioning – allows the sport to attract more attention.
The site also offers classes which will hopefully inspire young talent to love skating and become the sport torchbearers in the city.
“It’s now more accessible for people to try out the sport – which is a great idea,” Choi said.
Bun’s 2020 prices range from HK $ 140 to HK $ 280, depending on whether you go day or night and weekdays or weekends, and you’ll need to book a slot online before you go.
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