Classes and workshops to try this year

We know the drill – new year, new resolutions; eat healthily, exercise more, save money. The list is endless and seldom completed. But if you really are looking to transform your year, set achievable goals and opt into a class or workshop. They’re not only a great place to learn new skills, but can also be a way to meet new people and expand your horizons. And with your dry January savings in tow, there’s no better time to book yourself in…


Get cracking on coding

Kids are getting a firm grip on coding and programming from an incredibly young age, with many primary schools integrating it into their curriculum. But that doesn’t mean you’ve missed the boat – coding classes for adults are readily available. The team at Altcademy provide online courses ranging from basic HTML introductions to Java and Python programming, while General Assembly runs both online and in-campus programmes for people looking to learn new skills, adapt in the workplace or even kick-start a career change.


Fighting fit

Many fitness attempts start and end in January. Unless you are fighting fit to begin with, this is an uphill struggle for most. But one way of turning it into something other than a burden is, quite frankly, to trick yourself. Opt for a fun activity that doubles up as a strengthening, conditioning or cardio workout. Verm City is a climbing centre that offers bouldering, clip and climb and top rope sessions, with options to suit all ages and fitness levels.


Cook up a storm

This is all the more impressive once achieved in a typical Hong Kong kitchen (or lack thereof). But if you’re sick of takeaways and fed up of dining out to get a taste of home, put yourself in the hands of the pros, and you’ll be the host with the most in no time at all. Visit our directory for a full list of cooking courses and classes available in Hong Kong.


Learn the lingo

Cantonese is a notoriously difficult language to learn. With nine distinct tones, you run the risk of saying something completely different to your intentions. Thankfully, help is at hand and there are language classes offered across the city. The Hong Kong Language Learning Centre offers group and individual classes that focus on speaking and pronunciation for conversational Cantonese and Mandarin. If you’re short on time but still looking to pick up some basic skills, our Cantonese blog has key phrases and sound clips to help you practice in your own time.