Parks and Gardens in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Attractions
Although recognizable for its trademark steel and glass skyline, Hong Kong also brims with green.
Urban parks and gardens and country parks have been designated to preserve the territory's natural beauty and enhance the quality of life of its residents. Even in the centre of Hong Kong and along the main thoroughfares of Kowloon, wide expanses of green can be found in the many parks. In Kowloon Park, Victoria Park in Causeway Bay and Hong Kong Botanical Gardens you will find many activities taking place, especially in the early morning. Hong Kong is not just for tycoons – hikers love it, too. Find out why with our park picks.
Parks in Hong Kong Island
Located in the Hong Kong SAR's Central district, Chater Garden is directly east of the Legislative Council building. Because of its proximity to government, the garden sometimes has been used as a location for political rallies and demonstrations. The garden was developed in the 1970s on land left by the Hong Kong Cricket Club which moved to Wong Nai Chung Gap Road. The garden is named after Sir Paul Chater.
Cheung Kong Park
Cheung Kong Park, located in Central, is part of the Cheung Kong Center, but it is open to the public. Here you'll find beautiful ponds and cascades. Relax on a comfortable bench to eat a sandwich as the noise of Hong Kong traffic fades into the distance.
Choi Sai Woo Park
This park is located near the top of Braemar Hill. It serves as a social hub for the Choi Sai neighbourhood. Choi Sai Woo Park is a landscaped garden providing some freshness amidst the local housing estates and schools. There are two small basketball courts, as well. The park is close to casual eateries and small shops. Choi Sai Woo Park's opening hours are 07:00 to 23:00.
Harcourt Park is a small, circular park near Admiralty MTR Station, not far from Wan Chai. Right smack dab in the middle you'll find gigantic cement pipe sections – a work of modern art for all to behold in amazement. This is a sweet little escape from reality, yet with a view of Pacific Place soaring into the sky beyond. Look up, look way up.
Hong Kong Park
Hong Kong Park is a public park by Cotton Tree Drive in Central. The park offers a natural, relaxing environment in the midst of Hong Kong's hectic business centre. Its main feature is Hong Kong's largest aviary. The vantage point is another great place from which to see the birds. Inside Hong Kong Park there is a greenhouse which holds plant exhibitions on occasion. And for athletes, the park also sports a squash court.
Victoria Park is a huge nautral expanse in Causeway Bay, located walking distance from the hectic shopping streets so popular with visitors to Hong Kong. In the early mornings, tai chi classes take place here, but all day locals and visitors enjoy strolling along the well-laid paths or taking a breather on one of the many benches. There is a purpose built jogging track in Victoria Park and a swimming pool.
- Location: 1 Hing Fat Street, Causeway Bay
- MRT: Tin Hau
Hong Kong’s Wetland Park is a conservation area attracting visitors interested in discovering a greener side of the city-rich island. There are over 10,000 square metres of wetlands to explore and a 60 hectare reserve park with re-created habitats for wildlife including water fowl. Visitors to the park can spot birds, green turtles, fish, butterflies, mouse deer and a whole range of amphibians, reptiles and mammals. Animal watching is assisted with bird watch towers, hides and walkways across streams and mangroves. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00-17:00 every day except Tuesday with the ticket office opening at 09:30
- Location: Tin Shui Wai, New Territories
Other Parks in Kowloon
Kowloon is primarily an urban and built-up environment so it's odds-on that you and your children will soon find yourself needing a bit of greenery. Kowloon Park, a beautiful green spot in the city, offers a wide selection of free activities for the kids to let off some steam, such as a swimming pool, a games area and an outdoor sculpture park. There are plenty of paths for walking and lots of grassy spots for relaxing and taking things easy a little. The park also offers a lake, ponds, streams and classic Chinese gardens.
Kowloon Walled City Park
One of the original walled cities of the Hong Kong area has been preserved as a city park, complete with wonderful gardens, pavilions, sculptures and plenty of walkways. Although only the Old South Gate remains from the fabled Walled City, you can get a sense of these first settlers and their enclosed fortresses. Nowadays the Walled City Park is a welcome change from the once squalid neighbourhood. The design of the park is based on the Jiangnan garden style of the early Qing Dynasty. It is divided into eight landscape features, with the Yamen, a three-hall structure fully restored in its Qing Dynasty appearance at its centre.
Lai Chi Kok Park
This park springs out between Mei Foo housing estate and the West Kowloon expressway. The park provides green spaces, sports facilities and a classical Chinese Lignan-style garden. This is a remarkably lovely park, virtually unknown to tourists – and a great place to take photos.
Sung Wong Toi Park
A great big boulder perched atop a hill overlooking Kowloon Bay serves as a memorial to the last two boy emperors of the Southern Song Dynasty, Zhao Shi and Zhao Bing. They resided in Hong Kong from 1277 to 1279. The park was especially created as a home for the memorial after the boulder became dislodged and broken down to one-third of its original size after World War 2.
Urban Council Centenary Garden
This public park in Tsim Sha Tsui East was named in honour of the centennial of the establishment of the Urban Council. Since the demise of the Urban Council in 2000, the park is commonly known as Centenary Garden. The park has two sections, one of which is home to a huge fountain, while the other provides space for public events such as fun fairs.
Other Parks in the New Territories
The meticulously landscaped Penfold Park attracts thousands of visitors on weekends. The park is located at the centre of the Sha Tin Racecourse. It showcases statues of horses and is closed on race days.
Sha Tin Central Park
Sha Tin Central Park is situated on the west bank of the Shing Mun River. The park consists of six gardens and features a variety of trees and shrubs, a waterfall and two banyan tree bridges. The South Garden provides great backdrops for photographs. At night, the park is perfect for ambling.
- Opening Hours: 06:30 – 23:00 daily.
Central Kwai Chung Park
Verdant Central Kwai Chung Park, located at the centre of Kwai Chung, opened to the public in 1986. Built on a hillside with beautiful natural surroundings, it is patronized in the morning by walkers and the occasional tai chi practicioner.
- Location: Located at the centre of Kwai Chung, New Territories
North District Park
Opened in 1990, the vast North District Park is situated between Fan Ling and Sheung Shui. It boasts children's playgrounds, fitness zones for the elderly, a roller skating rink, a scented garden, a lake, a rock garden and plenty more. This is a great place for family fun.
Po Tsui Park
Po Tsui Park is located near Tseung Kwan O in the New Territories. Different kinds of trees are planted there and a wide range of leisure facilities are provided, including artificial turf grounds for soccer and field hockey, a hard-surface mini-soccer/handball pitch, tennis courts, a children's play area, and a jogging trail.
Tai Po Waterfront Park
The Tai Po Waterfront Park covers an area of 22 hectares. Its facilities include the 32.4-metre spiral staircase lookout tower that offers views of the Tolo Harbour and the park itself. It also has a 1.2 kilometre-long promenade, rest-gardens, sitting areas, a jogging trail with fitness stations, a cycling track and a 600-seat amphitheatre.
- Location: South of the Tai Po Industrial Estate, Tai Po Town
Tsing Yi Park
The European-style Tsing Yi Park opened in 1996. It is located close to Tsing Yi MTR Station, so is easily accessible. There are seven tennis courts, a basketball court and a restaurant, lakes, a waterfall and a splendid lookout pavilion.
Yuen Long Park
This New Territories park is built on a hill in natural woodland and at its summit, you find a pagoda, in which the upper levels as a lookout point for visitors. There is an aviary on the lower level. The park includes a charming ravine garden with a small footbridge and a stream.
Country Parks in Hong Kong Island
Aberdeen Country Park
This sylvan park is outstanding as the only one with a picnic area especially designed to accommodate the disabled. Built around reservoirs on Hong Kong Island, the park's trails provide excellent walks and the park is easily accessible thanks to its proximity to urban areas. The beautiful scenery is the combined result of reforestation and natural regeneration. It is one of the oldest country parks in Hong Kong.
Pok Fu Lam Country Park
Park Pok Fu Lam is supposedly where Hong Kong's floral emblem, the Bauhinia blakeana, was first discovered. It is a residential area on Hong Kong Island, connected to the Mid-levels, and Aberdeen by Pok Fu Lam Road. The park, located in the foothills of the Peak, encompasses Pok Fu Lam Reservoir - Hong Kong Island's oldest water storage facility. Pok Fu Lam Country Park is a great place for jogging in the fresh early morning air, and for bird-watchers to catch a glimpse of the Black-eared Kite.
Shek O Country Park
The Shek O Country Park is home to the Dragon's Back - a ridgetop trail between Wan Cham Shan and Shek O Peak and the steepest section of the Hong Kong Trail. There are plenty of barbecue and picnic areas in the park. Generally, Shek O is a very relaxing and enjoyable place from which to view Big Wave Bay.
Tai Tam Country Park
This park encompasses four reservoirs built between 1889 and 1917, and features exquisite coastal scenery. Also located here are historic World War II sites, such as forts. It is well worth a visit, if only to see the picturesque and verdant Tai Tam Valley. Here you can see the ruins of a bungalow where James Matheson (Scottish founder of the still active merchant company Jardine Matheson & Co. Ltd.), once lived.
Country Parks in New Territories
Lam Tsuen Country Park
Lam Tsuen Country Park is huge, and situated in the northern New Territories. The trails are tough suitable only for the fittest and experienced hiker. Designated in 1979, it spans Tai Po, Fanling and Yuen Long. This park is pastoral and rich in flora.
Lion Rock Country Park
Linon Rock Country Park is a country park, located in the New Territories, Hong Kong. It consists of approximately 5.57 square kilometres of land, including Lion Rock and Mong Fu Shek and their surrounding scenic hillsides, of which 3.48 square kilometres is forestry plantations.
Ma On Shan Country Park
Some of Hong Kong's most dramatic landscapes lie within Ma On Shan Country Park, established in 1979 on the Sai Kung Peninsula. This park links with Sai Kung Country Park and Lion Rock Country Park. Besides barbecues, the park features the popular - but difficult - Ma On Shan Country Side trail stretching over three kilometres.
Tai Lam Country Park
Tai Lam Country Park, in Yuen Long, western New Territories is tops in Hong Kong for hiking It features twelve trails in all, including two parts of the famed MacLehose Trail - the MacLehose Trail ends here.
Tai Mo Shan Country Park
Tai Mo Shan Country Park is an extremely popular picnic, barbecue and recreation spot in the Hong Kong SAR. The park is home to Tai Mo Shan - Hong Kong's highest mountain, almost 1,000 metres high - known locally as Big Hat or Big Mist Mountain.
- Tour Available: Trail to the Hidden Oasis
Country Parks in Islands
Lantau North Country Park
Lantau North Country Park, encompassing Sunset peak, Yi Tung Shan, Lin Fa Shan, the northern slopes of Lantau Peak and the region north of Ngong Ping, was designed in 1978. North Lantau is also home to many iconic animals, such as dolphins and the native amphibian, the Hong Kong Newt. This is a highly soothing environment.
Ping Chau Island
This rocky, crescent-shaped island is sometimes called Tung Ping Chau, to distinguish it from Peng Chau. It has a relatively flat area of 1.16 square kilometres and is located closer to the mainland China border than to Hong Kong Island.
Known for superior scuba dive sites, not far from the pier, you can discover more than 60 types of coral and 35 species of algae in clear waters, placing this coastline among Hong Kong's most beautiful and making it a burgeoning eco-tourism destination. Far-flung Ping Chau can be reached by ferry only on weekends and public holidays.
- Location: Located closer to the mainland China border than to Hong Kong Island