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10 Best Urban Parks and Gardens in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s urban parks are an integral part of the locals’ high density living and a respite from the daily hustle and bustle of the city. We pick 10 of the best parks for you to enjoy.
 
 
Despite being one of the world's densest cities, Hong Kong is surprisingly green – over 65 percent of the city's 1,110 square kilometres area is set aside as country parks and protected green zones. That also means most Hong Kong residents squeeze into the city's famous urban concrete jungle: densely packed skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, bustling streets and thronging crowds.
 
 
But even the city is dotted with pockets of green and open space, whether urban parks, gardens, playgrounds or even just small sitting-out areas. Here, you'll find recreational facilities such as football pitches or basketball courts, colourful playgrounds, beautiful gardens, spaces for locals to practice morning tai chi or play chess, or areas to just sit and rest. Most parks have wheelchair access, provide elderly fitness corners or children's play areas, and serve as a gathering place for respite and relaxation.
 
 
So why not spend half-a-day or more at one of these parks like the locals do? We’ve chosen ten of the city’s best parks and gardens for you to visit. Enjoy!
 
Hong Kong Island
 
Hong Kong Park: Hong Kong Park is a sprawling urban park, nestled among skyscrapers between Central and Admiralty. Nicely landscaped, it features a large children's playground. There is an airy aviary with a collection of exotic birds and a large greenhouse. Check out its historic buildings including the adjacent Flagstaff House Tea Ware Museum. Address: 19 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong.
 
Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens: Located just above the heart of Central is Hong Kong's oldest park, opened to the public in 1871. The 5.6-hectare park features eight themed gardens housing a variety of flora, an aviary, and a collection of mammals and reptiles, the most famous of which are several species of primates. It's great for the kids and a wonderful place to relax and wander around to recharge your batteries. Albany Road, Central, Hong Kong
 
 
Tamar Park: This relatively new location has too many Instagram spots to count. Part of the Central Harbourfront, Tamar Park is a large open space featuring expansive lawns, eclectic sculptures, sitting spaces, and an amphitheatre. You can admire the spectacular views of the Government complex behind, the skyscrapers in Central, Victoria Harbour and Kowloon across, plus the picturesque waterfront that connect Central to Wanchai. It's just a few minutes' walk from Central Ferry Piers and the Observation Wheel. Harcourt Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong.
 
 
Quarry Bay Park: This large, popular park located in the eastern part of Hong Kong is a favourite gathering place for locals. The park has football pitches, basketball courts, tennis courts and several children's playgrounds full of stimulating play equipment. The Quarry Bay Waterfront Promenade, which is accessible via a pedestrian bridge just across from the Cityplaza mall, is a haven for joggers and offers panoramic views of the quieter, eastern end of Victoria Harbour. There is also a dog-run where pets and their owners can get some exercise, plus a retired fireboat that is open to public. Hoi Tai Street, Quarry Bay near City Plaza in Tai Koo Shing.
 
 
Kowloon and New Territories
 
 
Kowloon Park: A real urban oasis in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui. This large park offers something for everyone. Built on the site of a former army barracks, it offers tree walks and gardens, historic buildings and museums, including the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre, the Bird Lake – home to a flock of flamingos, an aviary, an aquatic centre and a children's play area. On most Sundays, from 2.30 to 4.30pm, you can catch impressive kung fu performances at the Sculpture Walk. Nathan Road , Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
 
 
Kowloon Walled City Park: This historic park was built on the site of the infamous Kowloon Walled City, an enclave of crime and prostitution left over from the Qing Dynasty days. The old walled city was finally demolished in the late 1980s and a Jiang-nan style park and gardens took its place. A trace of the old walled city remains, but the park now consists of eight thematic landscaped areas. There is also an enclosed bike route in the adjacent Carpenter Road Park that young and old can enjoy riding around away from the city traffic. Tung Tau Tsuen Road, Kowloon City, Kowloon.
 
 
Nan Lian Garden: For sheer exquisite beauty, Nan Lian Garden, sited next to Chi Lin Nunnery, another well-known tourist destination, beats the lot. The garden, which features rocks, flora, ponds and structures, is meticulously landscaped in Tang Dynasty style. You will probably also want to visit the nunnery and admire its Tang dynasty buildings and architecture. The garden also has a vegetarian restaurant for the hungry and thirsty. 60 Fung Tak Road, Kowloon.
 
 
 
Lai Chi Kok Park: This large urban park, located near Mei Foo estate, has just about everything. Built in three stages, the park features numerous sports facilities, a swimming centre, several playgrounds with an extensive array of equipment, gardens, jogging and cycling paths, and the city's largest and best-known skate park. Exploring all the park has to offer is a great way to spend a whole day with your kids. Broadway, along Kwai Ching Road, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon.
 
 
Sha Tin Park: This large park alongside the Shing Mun River is a popular gathering place for residents of Sha Tin, Hong Kong's largest satellite town. The park's comprehensive facilities include several gardens, a main plaza, an amphitheatre, children's playgrounds, and an artists ' corner where on weekends and public holidays artistically talented folk display and sell their works. 2 Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin, New Territories.
 
 
Tai Po Waterfront Park: At 22 hectares, Tai Po Waterfront Park is Hong Kong's largest urban park. Located along Tolo Harbour and surrounded by rugged mountains, the park's 1.2-kilometre promenade offers splendid views, there are also jogging trails, bicycle routes and a model boat pool. Also, don't miss the Lookout Tower that watches over the whole park and its surroundings. Tai Fat Street, Tai Po Industrial Estate, Tai Po, New Territories.
 

 

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