Urban parks and gardens in Hong Kong provide a breath of fresh air for those looking to escape the city's bustling streets. These natural spaces have been designated to preserve the territory's natural beauty and enhance the quality of life of its residents. Even in the center of Hong Kong and along the main thoroughfares of Kowloon, wide expanses of green can be found in many landscaped gardens.

    In Kowloon Park, Victoria Park in Causeway Bay and Hong Kong Botanical Gardens you will find family-friendly activities taking place, especially in the early morning. Plan a trip away from the city center, and you'll find plenty of country parks with miles of hiking trails.


    Chater Garden

    Chater Garden is directly east of the Legislative Council building, in Hong Kong Island's Central district. Thanks to its close proximity to the building, the garden has hosted political rallies and demonstrations.

    The garden was developed in the 1970s, and opened to the public in Octover 1978. Chater Garden often attracts families and couples looking to enjoy moments of peace in the bustling Central district. There are several small pools and fountains, manicured bushes and trees throughout.

    Location: Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong


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    Cheung Kong Park

    Cheung Kong Park can be found in Central, within a 5-minute walk of St. John's Cathedral. This well-maintained landscape offers plenty of photo ops, thanks to its many beautiful ponds and cascades.

    On weekdays, you'll find many office workers relaxing and having lunch on benches dotting the park. It gets especially busy in the early mornings, with locals practicing tai chi, jogging and cycling on the paved paths.

    Location: Cheung Kong Park, Central, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong


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    Choi Sai Woo Park

    Choi Sai Woo Park is located near the top of Braemar Hill, serving as a social hub for the Choi Sai neighborhood. This landscaped garden provides a spot of greenery among the local housing estates and schools.

    There are 2 small basketball courts, a playground, exercise stations, and a pavilion within the recreational park. Casual restaurants and convenience stores are just minutes away on foot.

    Location: Choi Sai Woo Park Hong Kong, North Point, Braemar Hill Road, Hong Kong

    Open: Daily from 7am to 11pm


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    Harcourt Garden

    Harcourt Garden is a recreational park near the Admiralty MTR station, about 1 km east of the Bank of China Tower. Spanning 13,500 sq m, the park has a landscaped deck with terraced-step seats, lush lawns and plants, as well as covered benches. Harcourt Garden's main attraction is its 29 granite blocks dating back to the 19th century, arranged to form an art installation. 

    Location: Harcourt Garden, Harcourt Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong


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    Hong Kong Park

    Hong Kong Park offers a natural, relaxing environment in the middle of Hong Kong's Central district. One of the largest public parks in Hong Kong, it covers 80,000 sq m of green space that's dotted with fountains, lily ponds, and playgrounds. 

    Its main feature is the Edward Youde Aviary, which houses about 550 birds of 70 different species. There's an elevated walkway that lets you explore the tree canopy at various heights and angles. Hong Kong Park also has a greenhouse that holds plant exhibitions throughout the year. 

    Location: 19 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

    Open: Daily from 6am to 11pm (aviary opens from 8am to 5pm)

    Phone: +852 2521 5041

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    Victoria Park

    Victoria Park is one of the busiest parks in Causeway Bay – tai chi classes take place in the early mornings, and locals and visitors are often seen strolling along the well-laid paths or relaxing on benches throughout the day. The park has a bronze statue of Queen Victoria, as well as purpose-built jogging track, sports facilities, and a swimming pool.

    Victoria Park hosts a wide range of events year-round. Some of its most popular festivals include the Mid-Autumn Festival, Flower Market (in conjunction with Chinese New Year), and the June 4th Candlelight Vigil.

    Location: Victoria Park, Hing Fat Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong


    Kowloon Park

    Kowloon Park, a beautiful green spot in the city, offers a wide selection of free activities for the kids to let off some steam, including a swimming pool, a games area, and an outdoor sculpture park.

    There are plenty of paved paths for walking, along with grassy spots for relaxing and taking things easy a little. You'll also find small ponds, streams, and classic Chinese gardens dotting the 13-hectare park. If you're a bird lover, Kowloon Park's onsite lake is home to more than 200 birds of 18 different species. 

    Location: Kowloon Park, Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong


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    Kowloon Walled City Park

    The Kowloon Walled City Park is one of the original walled cities of Hong Kong that has been preserved as a city park. Though only the Old South Gate remains from the fabled Walled City, you can get a sense of these first settlers and their enclosed fortresses.

    The design of the park is based on the Jiangnan garden style of the early Qing Dynasty. The Kowloon Walled City Park's most popular features include the Garden of Chinese Zodiac and Yamen, the only remaining Qing dynasty building. 

    Location: Kowloon Walled City Park, Kowloon City, Hong Kong


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    Lai Chi Kok Park

    Lai Chi Kok Park in Kowloon lies around 6 km southeast of the New Territories. This public park is popular among skateboarders as it's home to one of the largest skate parks in Hong Kong. You can take advantage of its many sports facilities, including an indoor sports center and swimming pool.

    Lai Chi Kok Park also provides green spaces and a Chinese Lingnan-style garden. This is a remarkably lovely park, virtually unknown to tourists – and a great place to take photos.

    Location: No.1 Lai Wan Road, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong


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    Sung Wong Toi Garden

    Sung Wong Toi Garden is home to an important relic in Kowloon: a rectangular boulder that serves as a memorial to the last 2 boy emperors of the Southern Song Dynasty, Zhao Shi and Zhao Bing. The rock was originally located on top of Sacred Hill, but was relocated to the park after World War II.

    Located at the junction of Sung Wong Toi Road and Ma Tau Chung Road, Sung Wong Toi Garden was specially created as a home for the memorial, and features picnic spots, beautiful trees, walking paths and a fountain.

    Location: Sung Wong Toi Garden, Kowloon City, Hong Kong


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    Urban Council Centenary Garden

    The Urban Council Centenary Garden was named in honor of the centennial of the establishment of the Urban Council, but it's more commonly known as Centenary Garden.

    The park has 2 sections, one of which is home to a huge fountain, while the other provides space for public events. Located in Tsim Sha Tsui East, the Urban Council Centenary Garden is within walking distance of the Hong Kong Museum of History, Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, and Hong Kong Coliseum. 

    Location: Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong


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    Hong Kong Wetland Park

    Hong Kong Wetland Park is a conservation area spanning over 10,000 sq m of wetlands and a 60-hectare reserve park with re-created habitats for wildlife. This natural park attracts those interested in discovering a greener side of the city-rich island.

    The park also has around 235 bird species, 150 butterfly species, 9 species of amphibians, 23 different types of reptiles, and 11 kinds of mammals. One of Wetland Park’s most famous inhabitants is Pui Pui, a female saltwater crocodile who resides in a 72-sq-m enclosure with her own pool and basking areas.

    Location: Wetland Park Rd, Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong

    Open: Wednesday–Monday from 10am to 5pm (closed on Tuesdays)


    Sha Tin Central Park

    Sha Tin Central Park is located on the western bank of Shing Mun River, close to Sha Tin Public Library, New Town Plaza, and Sha Tin Town Hall. The park consists of 6 themed gardens and houses over 110,000 plants of 400 species. You'll also find a man-made waterfall and 2 banyan tree bridges here.

    The South Garden at Sha Tin Central Park provides some of the best backdrops for photographs, while the Birds Conservation Area is home to a variety of native and exotic birds.

    Location: 1 Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin, Hong Kong

    Open: Daily from 6.30am to 11pm


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    Tai Po Waterfront Park

    Tai Po Waterfront Park covers an area of 22 hectares in the New Territories, making it one of Hong Kong's largest parks. Onsite facilities include a 32.4-meter spiral staircase lookout tower with telescopes for you to check out the surrounding high-rises.  

    The park also has a 1.2-km-long promenade, gardens, sitting areas, and a 600-seat amphitheater. You can also enjoy some outdoor activities at Tai Po Waterfront Park – there's a cycling track along Tolo Harbour, along with a jogging trail dotted with exercise stations. 

    Location: Dai Hei Street, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong

    Open: Daily from 8.15am to 11.45pm

    Phone: +852 2664 2107


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    Tsing Yi Park

    Tsing Yi Park is a European-style garden with plenty of recreational facilities. Kids can enjoy the park's mini soccer fields and playgrounds, while older visitors can play a few rounds at the tennis and basketball courts.

    There are also plenty of scenic walking trails that pass by man-made lakes and waterfalls, as well as cherry and maple trees within the 7.09-hectare landscape.

    Location: Tsing Yi Park, Tsing King Road, Tsing Yi, Hong Kong

    Open: Daily from 5.30am to 11.30pm


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    Yuen Long Park

    Yuen Long Park is built on a natural woodland at Shui Ngau Leng in the New Territories. This ravine garden features a footbridge crossing a small stream, an artificial lake and a waterfall. One of its most popular spots is the aviary pagoda, built on top of Shui Ngau Ling Hill.

    The 7-storey pagoda serves as a lookout point, where you can enjoy views of Yuen Long Town. The lowest floor of the pagoda is an open aviary that's home to over 100 birds of 30 different species.

    Location: 1 Town Park Rd N, Yuen Long, Hong Kong


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    Aberdeen Country Park

    Aberdeen Country Park covers 423 hectares of uplands and valleys in the southern part of Hong Kong Island. Since 1977, the sylvan park has been attracting hikers with its scenic and color-coded country trails: Aberdeen Nature Trail, Aberdeen Fitness Trail, and Stages 3 and 4 of the Hong Kong Trail.

    Aberdeen Country Park is the only country park in Hong Kong that has a picnic area specially designed to accommodate the disabled. You'll also find a children's playground, barbecue areas, and a visitor information center.

    Location: Aberdeen Reservoir Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong

    Phone: +852 2508 1234


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    Lung Fu Shan Country Park

    Lung Fu Shan Country Park covers about 47 hectares between the Central and Western districts of Hong Kong, making it one of the city's smallest country parks. It's where you can visit the remains of Pinewood Battery, a military fort dating back to 1903.

    Lung Fu Shan Country Park is usually busy on weekends, when locals get to enjoy onsite facilities like picnic sites, barbecue spots, exercise stations, and walkways with lookout points.

    Location: Lung Fu Shan Country Park, Lung Fu Shan, Hong Kong


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    Pok Fu Lam Country Park

    Pok Fu Lam Country Park, located in the foothills of the Peak, encompasses Pok Fu Lam Reservoir, one of Hong Kong Island's oldest water storage facilities. It's a popular spot for jogging in the early mornings and for bird-watchers looking to catch a glimpse of the Black-eared Kite.

    A relatively easy trail in Pok Fu Lam Country Park is the Pok Fu Lam Native Tree Walk, which lets you see a wide range of interesting plants and trees throughout its 2.2-km-long route. 

    Location: Pok Fu Lam Country Park, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong


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    Shek O Country Park

    Shek O Country Park is a marine park that's popular for a ridgetop trail called Dragon's Back, which many claim to be the steepest section of the Hong Kong Trail. lt takes between 2 and 5 hours to complete the 8.5-km-long trail, depending on your fitness level.

    There are plenty of barbecue and picnic areas in Shek O Country Park. Generally, it's a very relaxing and enjoyable place if you're not attempting the Dragon's Back Trail. Shek O Village is where you can find sandy beaches and local restaurants overlooking Big Wave Bay.

    Location: Shek O Country Park, Hong Kong


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    Tai Tam Country Park

    Tai Tam Country Park is home to 4 reservoirs built between 1889 and 1917, and features exquisite coastal scenery. You'll also find a number of historic sites, incuding forts that were used in World War II.

    It's well worth a visit, if only to see the picturesque and verdant Tai Tam Valley. 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.

    Location: Tai Tam Country Park, Tai Tam, Hong Kong


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    Lam Tsuen Country Park

    Lam Tsuen Country Park lies on the northern end of the New Territories. The 1,520-hectare park has miles of scenic trails that are mostly suited to experienced hikers. There's a route leading to the summit of Tai To Yan, which stands at 565 meters above sea level.

    Other popular sights within Lam Tsuen Country Park include Kadoorie Farm and Pak Ngau Shek Village, both of which are surrounded by natural woodlands and streams.

    Location: Lam Tsuen Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong


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    Lion Rock Country Park

    Lion Rock Country Park, located in the New Territories of Hong Kong, is named after a natural formation resembling a lion on a hill ridge. It covers about 5.57 sq km of mostly forestry plantations and scenic lookout points like Lion Rock, Beacon Hill, and Mong Fu Shek.

    The area is home to many native species, such as the black-eared kite and the long-tailed macaque. Lion Rock Country Park offers tree walks for those looking to learn about the park's flora species.

    Location: Chuk Yuen Road, Chuk Un, Hong Kong


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    Ma On Shan Country Park

    Some of Hong Kong's most dramatic landscapes lie within Ma On Shan Country Park, located on the Sai Kung Peninsula. This 2,880-hectare park is close to the Sai Kung Country Park and Lion Rock Country Park in the New Territories of Hong Kong. 

    Ma On Shan Country Park is where many hikers attempt the popular – but difficult – Ma On Shan Country Trail, which takes about 3 hours to complete. If you're not planning to get active, there are plenty of barbecue areas. 

    Location: Ma On Shan Country Park, Ma On Shan, Hong Kong


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    Tai Mo Shan Country Park

    Tai Mo Shan Country Park is home to Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong's highest mountain. Locally known as as Big Hat or Big Mist Mountain, it stands at 957 meters above sea level, with several hiking trails leading to the summit. 

    There's a rotary park near the entrance of Tai Mo Shan Country Park, where you'll find cherry blossom trees. Visit in spring to see these cherry blossoms in full bloom, similar to what you'll experience in Japan or Taiwan. 

    Location: Tai Mo Shan Country Park, Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong


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    Lantau North Country Park

    Lantau North Country Park covers Lantau Island's Sunset Peak, Yi Tung Shan, Lin Fa Shan, the northern slopes of Lantau Peak, and the region north of Ngong Ping. A popular spot for nature lovers, the country park has a mainly mountainous landscape, with upland valleys, natural woodland and streams.

    If you're up for a challenge, you can attempt to finish the Wong Lung Hang Country Trail, located in the eastern part of Lantau North Country Park. The route is about 2.3 km in length and runs through a dense forest with slippery, moss-covered ground.  

    Location: Lantau North Country Park, Lantau Island, Hong Kong


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