Author: Apple Lee
Hong Kong may be well-known for its beautiful skyline and relentless number of skyscrapers, but there is no lack of parks and green spaces dotted across different pockets of the city. Whether you’re looking to go picnicking, take a leisurely stroll or just need a break from being cooped up indoors all day, these are the best parks to go.
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park
This Sai Ying Pun park is a vast urban oasis set beside the picturesque Victoria Harbour. Named after the founding father of modern China, whom had lived in Hong Kong for 18 years, the memorial park is home to a lofty statue of the prominent revolutionary. It is also a popular spots for picnics, so be sure to head out early to nab a spot under the shades. The adjoining waterfront promenade is great place for a stroll or a jog in the mornings and evenings.
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Victoria Peak Garden
Tucked away a short 15 minute walk up from the Peak Galleria is a lush garden escape. Formerly the Governor of Hong Kong’s summer residence, it’s no wonder the Victoria Peak Garden is an absolute thrill to visit. From blooming flowerbeds to Victorian style pagodas, the garden exudes an old school charm of a bygone era. After a pitstop at the garden, continue your trek uphill to reach the lookout point, where you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the city.
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Jordan Valley Park
Once a landfill site, boy, has Jordan Valley scrubbed up well! The grassy, six-hectare site features a large children’s playground, jogging tracks, gardens, a greenhouse, a maze and two model racing circuits. And yes, you can walk on the grass. Parking available.
Hong Kong Park
An oldie but a goodie, make your way to Hong Kong Park if you’re looking for a breathe of fresh air in the heart of Central and Admiralty. You’ll pass by some water features and big ponds on the way, so keep your eye out for the resident terrapins. These aquatic fellows are not the only animals to be found at this stunning urban park. Head to the Edward Youde Aviary to visit more than 80 species of birds in a tropical rainforest setting or join a free bird watching tour every Wednesday morning.
Sitting pretty beside Hong Kong Disneyland Park, Inspiration Lake is a sprawling green space featuring a boating lake and dreamy water features. Set against the backdrop of mountainous terrains, you can rent a pedal boat or surrey bike to explore the vast landscape by water or on land. Its manicured lawn, with plenty of shaded areas, is perfect for hosting a picnic. There is even a tuck shop on site so you don’t have to worry about not bringing enough food or drinks.
Tai Po Waterfront Park
Located beside the scenic Tolo Harbour is Hong Kong’s largest public park. The highlight of the park is the 32-meter high Tai Po Lookout Tower. The helter-skelter like structure was built to mark Hong Kong’s return to China in 1997 and affords fabulous views over Tai Po and the harbour. You can rent a bike at the park and cycle along the harbour towards Tai Mei Tuk or Sha Tin. During the Dragon Boat Festival, the park offers a great spectator spot for watching the dragon boat races.
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Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens
Right above Central is Hong Kong’s oldest park, which Hong Kongers have been enjoying since 1871. Divided into two parts connected by a pedestrian subway, the Eastern side is mainly home to a large children’s playground, aviaries and a greenhouse. The Western side of the park houses a range of animals including monkeys, orangutans and giant turtles.