Jul 20, 2018

5 Parks in Hong Kong You Can’t Miss


What is Hong Kong famous for? Larger-than-life skyscrapers, a cosmopolitan population, crowds, the hustle and bustle, nightlife, big city culture, and so much more. It's the perfect city in which to have a ‘big city’ experience.


However, despite being a relatively small set of islands, not many know that Hong Kong boasts its own share of rich biodiversity and greenery. We narrow down the five best of the multitude of beautiful parks throughout Hong Kong:


1) Kowloon Park


Kowloon Park

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Originally an army fortress named Whitfield Barrack, it was handed over to the Urban Council in 1970, who redeveloped it into the Kowloon Park we know today. It has a floral clock and a Chinese Garden within an English landscape, created as a reminder of Hong Kong's diversity and cosmopolitan cultural heritage. 


With all the hustle and bustle of the city, Kowloon Park is the perfect urban space to gain some peace of mind. It's ironic given that it's located in Tsim Sha Tsui, a busy and happening area in itself! Whether it's sunny or rainy, this is the perfect spot to gather yourself together and enjoy your surroundings. Best of all, every Sunday, there are Kung Fu and Lion Dance performances!


2) Victoria Park


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As you probably guessed, this Park was named after Queen Victoria, whose statue is at the main entrance of the park. The park includes many sports facilities, such as multiple tennis courts, a swimming pool complex, soccer pitches, children's playgrounds, basketball courts and a running trail. International competitions such as the Hong Kong Open and the Hong Kong Classic take place here. 


And the best part? These are just a few of the many attractions that happen here on a yearly basis!


3) Hong Kong Park


Hong Kong Park

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Located in the heart of Central, this park feels like a world within a world. Opened in 1991, this park is known to blend with the landscape perfectly. There's a lot of activities available, with conservatories, greenhouses, a sports centre, multi-purpose arenas, a Visual Arts Centre, squash courts and children's playgrounds. There's even an abundance of ponds and fountains and an aviary where you can see hundreds of birds of various species all at once. 


DiscoverHongKong noted that the flowing water of the park is a thematic motif to link the different parts of the park by waterfalls, streams, ponds and cliffs made from artificial rocks. 


4) Yuen Long Park


Yuen Long Park

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Yuen Long Park was opened in 1991. This beautiful park, spanning 7.5 hectares, features an Aviary Pagoda, a gorgeous ornamental lake, and even a waterfall. Unlike the other parks, you don't necessarily see large skyscrapers draping over the trees! This Park was originally a natural woodland. The existing layout of the trees was preserved as much as possible.


5) Wetland Park


(image courtesy: LCSD)


Hong Kong is known for being an urban giant with skyscrapers, hustle and bustle, large crowds, and vibrant nightlife. However, what's not as well known is the side of the island that's dedicated towards natural beauty and the preservation of it. It's all about educating the people on the ecological importance of preservation. This is a mixed bag of conservation, education and tourism! 


Wetland Park covers a total area of 61 hectares and is the perfect place for you to learn about the Island's biodiversity and ecosystem. Within the premises is a gift shop, theatre, cafe, exhibition galleries and indoor play areas!


Honourable mentions:Hong Kong Global Geopark, Kowloon Walled City Park, Aberdeen Country Park, Tai Po Waterfront Park, Tsing Yi Park, Lai Chi Kok Park.


A list truly doesn't do justice to the wide range of beautiful parks that are there to visit in Hong Kong. Perceptions of Hong Kong being an urban giant are true, but thankfully, the government has done a fantastic job of encouraging and maintaining the construction of several parks across the city to preserve greenery. If you want to cool off, blow some steam, go for a walk, gain some perspective, or just get away for some peace and quiet, try one of these sprawling parks!



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