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Timings : 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Time Required : 2-3 hours

Entry Fee : No entry fee for outdoor facilities, Aviary, Conservatory and Museum of Teaware
Sports Centre and Squash centre: HKD 100 - 150

Hong Kong Park, Hong Kong Overview

Hong Kong Park is a public park located in Cotton Tree Drive, in Hong Kong’s Central District. This 80,000 square metre facility houses lily ponds, cascading fountains, a children’s park, gorgeous gardens, a conservatory, and an aviary. Built in the middle of the concrete jungle, Hong Kong Park is perfect for families, couples and nature enthusiasts. 

The intricately designed park boasts of waterfalls, rivulets, and even a turtle lake. The flora and fauna is also a popular attraction, with over 80 species of birds in the aviary. The Forsgate Conservatory Greenhouse aims to educate and enthral visitors with its extensive display of plants from all around the world. The Museum of Tea Ware gives an amazing insight into the fancy brew. Comfortable benches around the Hong Kong Park are a perfect perch to enjoy a book or people-watch.

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Hong Kong Park Timings

Outdoor facilities: 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sports Centre: 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Squash Centre: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Edward Youde Aviary: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Forsgate Conservatory Greenhouse: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Park Restaurant: 11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Flagstaff Museum of Tea Ware: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM (closed on Tuesdays, first two days of Chinese New Year)

The Hong Kong Park Sports Centre is closed from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM on the first and third Monday of every month for maintenance, except on public holidays.

The Children’s Playground is closed every Monday from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM for maintenance.

Things to Do

Hong Kong Park
A stunning rivulet surrounded by greenery (Source)
Walking and Biking tours: Free guided tours for groups are offered every Saturday at 9:30 AM and last for an hour but need prior booking.

Birdwatching: The Hong Kong Bird Watchers Society offers a free guided birdwatching tour every Wednesday at the Artificial Lake. The tour is from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM. There is no prior reservation necessary.

Dining at Hong Kong Park:
The L16 Café and Bar offers a range of Thai and Japanese delicacies. The Sports Centre also has a light refreshments restaurant. The Tea Ware Museum restaurant serves a wide range of teas and snacks.

Attractions at Hong Kong Park

Edward Youde Aviary: Acclaimed as one of the best aviaries in the world, the walkways and escalators inside the building takes one through every level of a rainforest, right from the forest floor to the top of the canopy. The birds are free to fly within the Aviary, so one can see them in their natural habitat.

Vantage Point: Get a birds’ eye view of the Park atop the Vantage Point, which is a thirty-metre tall tower. One needs to climb close to a hundred steps to make it to the top. Spot Victoria Peak, the Artificial Lake and the Hong Kong skyline from this tower.

Clock Tower:
Another iconic building within Hong Kong Park is the twenty-metre high Clock Tower.
Pro tip: discuss with your family to meet at the Clock Tower in case you get lost in the park, as this location is hard to miss.

Artificial Lake: This beautiful lake is completely man-made, and is home to turtles, koi fish and fountains. While here, drop by the dragonfly nursing centre too.

Forsgate Conservatory Greenhouse: This sprawling facility is the largest greenhouse in Southeast Asia. Watch out for the tall evergreens, quaint cacti and winding vines when walking through the meticulously designed climate zones. The seasonal orchid exhibition in summer is a must-visit.

Central Garden: In a nod to classical Greek and Roman architecture, the Central Garden is home to Grecian pillars and fountains that lead to a tree-lined promenade. The pièce de résistance is the musical fountain display.

Tai Chi Garden: The Tai Chi Garden has colonnades and courtyards that host Tai Chi workshops on a daily basis. Most of these workshops are free.

Hong Kong Park Sports Centre: This facility houses state-of-the-art arenas for basketball, volleyball, netball, and badminton, as well as table-tennis tables. The fitness room has equipment for weight and strength training, and a jogging track as well. Prior booking is necessary to use this facility.

Squash Centre: The biggest squash centre in the city, this facility houses eighteen squash courts. The Centre also accommodates a light refreshments restaurant.

Children’s Playground: The six-tier children’s playground has a wide range of playthings and equipment for children from preschool to middle school level.

Colonial Buildings in Hong Kong Park

Hong Kong Park
Bird's eye view of Hong Kong Park (Source)
The colonial buildings within Hong Kong Park offer free entry and are listed as Grade II Historical Buildings. 

Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware: This is the oldest Western building in Hong Kong, built in 1846. Today it houses exhibits on tea making, pottery from the Tang dynasty, Yixing teapots, ceramic seals and glazed ware. Demonstrations, tea tasting sessions, and musical gatherings are held but require prior booking. 

Cassels Block: Built as a barracks for married British officers, today Cassels Block has been renamed as the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre. The building houses a sculpture studio, ceramic studio, art rooms, and art galleries. 

Cotton Tree Drive Marriage Registry: Originally called Rawlinson House, this building serves as a marriage registry that overlooks the picturesque park. 

Wavell House: This charming colonial building is the headquarters of the Educational Centre. The pink and blue façade of this building is a gorgeous photo-op. There are guided tours organized every day here.

Flora and Fauna

Most of the vegetation of the park is manmade. The ficus and bombax trees in Hong Kong Park are one of the tallest and oldest in the city. Flowering plants like the Rose of Venezuela, Purple Camel’s Foot and Hainan add colour to the landscape. Fig, tree cotton, candlenut, kapok, and pondspice trees enrich the tropical exhibits at the Conservatory.

The Aviary is home to more than 550 birds of 80 species. The most magnificent bird to spot is the Great Pied Hornbill. Golden pheasants, thrushes, crowned pigeons, yellow-crowned bulbuls, fairy bluebirds, leafbirds, and shamas are a sight to behold. Endangered species like the Bali Myna, rainbow lorikeet, and the Alexandrine Parakeet are also present. Turtles, shelducks and koi fish inhabit the lake. The most popular mammals in the Park are the belly-banded squirrels.

Best Time to Visit

The best season to enjoy the bounty of Hong Kong Park is between October and April, during winter and spring. Avoid the park during weekends as it tends to get very crowded and the lines get too long. Dawn and dusk are great times to spend at the outdoor facilities, from 6:30 AM to 8:30 AM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

How To Reach Hong Kong Park

Hong Kong Park is located at 19 Cotton Tree Drive in Hong Kong’s Central district, between Queen Road and Kennedy Road.

MTR: Take the MTR Island Line, South Island Line or Tsuen Wan Line and get off at MTR Admiralty Station. Exit through C1 and follow the signs to Hong Kong Park. One must cross a footbridge from Garden Road, and pass through the Pacific Place shopping mall. A walk from the MTR station takes 5 minutes. If staying in Hong Kong for long, we suggest an Octopus card as it offers great discounts on metro rides.

Bus: The following buses ply to Hong Kong Park, and prices start from HKD 5. 
1, 5B, 6, 6A,6X, 10, 12, 12A, 12M, 15, 15C, 23, 23B, 26, 37A, 37X, 40, 40M, 66, 75, 90, 90B, 97, 101, 103, 104, 109, 111, 113, 115, 590A, 601, 603P, 619, 629, 681, 681P, 690, 720A, 789, 905, 930, 934, 935, 960, 961, 962, 962B, 962x, 967, 968, 969, 969A , 969B, 978. 

Public Light Bus (PLB): These buses cost between HKD 4 and HKD 10. The following routes are applicable: 1A, 24A, 24M, 2, 3, 3A, 9, 10, 22

Taxi: One can also opt for a taxi cab. Fares start at HKD 20.

Tips

  • If unsure of the street food available at Hong Kong Park, buy snacks or meals at Pacific Place and enjoy it in the Park, where both Asian and western options are available. Keep in mind that some indoor venues do not allow food.
  • The sprawling Park may be easy to get lost in, so decide upon a rendezvous spot in case you can’t find your group.
  • The Sports Centre, Squash Centre, and tea tasting sessions require booking, so plan the trip accordingly.
  • Make sure to dress for the occasion – opt for light cottons and linens to keep up with the sun. Take along a light jacket in the evenings. Don’t forget to load up on sunscreen!
  • Hong Kong is a city that is prone to typhoons and cyclones, especially in the middle of the year. Make sure to check the weather before heading out, and remember that many venues may close if there is a typhoon warning at large.
  • Hong Kong has strict laws about littering

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