Hong Kong Sevens – A perfect mixture of fast-paced adrenaline-pumping rugby and the wildest party you’ve ever been to.
Our travel expert and ultimate rugby fan Tom Heffernan has just returned from the 2019 festivities with some extremely vital tips to surviving the Hong Kong Sevens Rugby Weekend. Whether you’re a serious die-hard rugby fan, wild raving party goer, or somewhere in-between, we have got you covered.
1. PICK ACCOMMODATION IN THE RIGHT AREA FOR YOU
With the stadium located in Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island, it is best to stay somewhere nearby. Depending on what experience you are after, there is a different area to suit everyone.
- For ease and convenience of walking to the stadium, it’s best to stay in Causeway Bay. With the Stadium only a 15 minute walk from Causeway Bay MTR station, staying in Causeway Bay means you can wake up and make your way to the stadium without any hassles. Causeway Bay is also full of shops for those wanting a little bit of retail therapy before heading home.
- For those who want to kick on after the 7s itself, Wan Chai is where you want to be. The suburb adjacent to Causeway Bay comes alive at night with people from all the bars spilling out onto the streets creating an amazing party atmosphere.
- If this isn’t your cup of tea and you’d prefer somewhere a little quieter, have a look at North Point. This area is slightly removed from the party of Wan Chai and the hustle and bustle of Causeway Bay, allowing a more relaxed stay. It is also home to the famous restaurant Tung Po.
2. SIMILARLY, PICK THE RIGHT PLACE IN THE STADIUM FOR YOU
Similar to the different areas of Hong Kong, Hong Kong stadium itself has a stand for everyone.
- The South Stand: The most famous stand without a doubt is the South Stand. Any iconic image you would have seen of the Hong Kong Sevens would have been taken of the South Stand. Full of fancy dress and an unreal party atmosphere, this stand is reserved for 18+. If you want a seat in here, be prepared to arrive at the stadium early. People line up outside from 7am in order to secure their spot and once it is full there can be a queue for up to 4 hours to get in.
- The North Stand: The North Stand provides a similar view to the south stand, being located behind the in-goal. Here you will often see players coming to watch the game along with regular sevens attendees.
- The East and West Stands: The East and West stands is where you will find your die-hard rugby fans. The upper levels are alcohol-free so if you want to enjoy a beverage whilst watching the games best not to head up here.
3. IT’S TIME TO RUMMAGE IN THE COSTUME BOX
To really get into the Sevens atmosphere, find yourself a fancy dress costume and dress up on the Saturday. Any sevens tournament is filled with people in fancy dress and Hong Kong leads the charge with this tradition. If you have forgotten to grab one before leaving home, head to Pottinger Street in Central or Wan Chai Market to grab one before the event.
The temperature in Hong Kong in April is typically around the mid-20s, however, the humidity means that you will feel the heat a little more. So don’t forget to slip, slop, slap before you head there.
4. IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE RUGBY
Whilst it is the main event, you don’t need to be a rugby fanatic to have a good time. The atmosphere in the stadium is one of the best festival atmospheres in the world. With cover bands, entertainers and music between the games, you will be singing along to Sweet Caroline in no time. Whilst in Hong Kong take the time to explore Victoria Peak, the night markets or relax on Victoria Harbour by taking a Junk Boat cruise. Home to some amazing cuisine, also take the time to enjoy the amazing food that Hong Kong has to offer.
5. IT IS A MARATHON, NOT A SPRINT
Many people have fallen victim to first night fever with the excitement getting the better of them and struggling to enjoy the whole weekend. With the action spread out over 3 days, ensure you pace yourself to make the most of your time in Hong Kong. Saturday is traditionally the biggest day with the stadium remaining slightly empty on Sunday morning until the crowd starts to fill back in for the finals action after lunch and into the evening. However you approach it, the Hong Kong Sevens will leave you wanting to return again next year!!
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