Take a Breather from Urban Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Hong Kong may be known for its towering buildings and luxurious shopping districts, but its own brilliant landscape architecture boasts an immersive experience for different types of nature-lovers. Because Hong Kong is a center for urban development, it puts special attention to its breathing spaces that are nothing short of spectacular. The eco parks in Hong Kong are not just massive, well-maintained, and lush, but also feature distinct characteristics that cater to different types of environmental enthusiasts. Here’s a list of the best public parks to relax in Hong Kong.

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Kowloon Walled City Park

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Located in the urban sprawl of Kowloon City, Kowloon Walled City Park does more than provide a stress-free space for tourists and city regulars alike. It offers a glimpse of the history of Hong Kong, taking a rewind back to the Qing Dynasty when the City Park was first built. Built originally as a garrison for Hong Kong soldiers and their families in the 1980s, the Kowloon Walled City Park now serves as a remnant of 20th century Hong Kong, displaying a variety of artifacts and architectural works from the Qing Dynasty. True to its original purpose, the city park now protects both residents and tourists from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

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Hong Kong Velodrome

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Sitting beside Tseung Kwan O, the Hong Kong Velodrome Park offers an extensive greenery with artificial lakes and an impressive range of leisure and sports facilities. The Hong Kong Velodrome Park prides itself primarily in facilities tailored for fitness fanatics and sports enthusiasts. Its defining features include a sizable skatepark, a decent sport climbing wall, a huge jogging track, and a dedicated fitness station as well as a separate elderly fitness center, all enveloped in lush green architecture. If you are looking to enjoy nature more actively, then the Hong Kong Velodrome Park will hit your heart right!

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North District Park

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The North District Park boasts a 9-hectare land consisting of an artificial lake, garden, and sports facilities, making it one of the largest parks in Hong Kong. It invites an array of people from regular tourists and passersby to green enthusiasts and fitness freaks. A brilliant fusion of nature and modern architecture covers the entire park as it houses massive spaces for an amphitheater, skating rink, and children’s playground. The North City Park’s point of character is its wide array of available leisure facilities ranging from basketball court and volleyball court to Soccer Handball Court that invites active nature-lovers. Its massive greenery, expansive architecture, and still lake allows you to enjoy sports and leisure activities with a peaceful and relaxing view.

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Sha Tin Park

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Sha Tin Park is located 9-minutes northeast of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, highlighting the sparkling river of Shing Mun. The Sha Tin Park provides tourists and residents with a more laid-back experience of nature. Sha Tin Park houses different types of garden namely the South Garden where a man made waterfall is enjoyed through the surrounding lush greens; the Walled Garden where topiaries, hedges, and shrubs shine through; the Azalea Garden where the tantalizing azaleas bloom; and the Scented Garden where the aromatizing scent of fragrant olives and magnolia figo plants linger. It’s a utopia for enthusiasts of flora and fauna as it features a variety of different flowers and plants to be enjoyed at one’s leisure. The Sha Tin Park also stars a Birds Conservation Area where a broad array of exotic birds can be observed. Truly, a good few minutes in this park will pacify your troubled souls!

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Tamar Park

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Enjoy the iconic scenery of the Victoria Harbor as you bask in the urban greeneries of the Tamar Park. The Tamar Park shows off its character through its different water features and a floating platform that provides tourists and residents a fuller experience of nature with both the green and aquatic environment. For its massive greenery and an engaging view of the seascape, the Tamar Park is ideal for short breaks that are not fully disengaged from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is a place that lets you appreciate the beauty of nature and the city simultaneously.

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Tai Tong Organic EcoPark

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Tai Tong Organic Park houses a wide range of activities that help kids, families, or even individuals to connect with nature. It offers a strawberry field for picking, a BBQ/grill area, fish and horse feeding, and horseback riding. Even more impressive than these activities though is its massive over-a-million square feet lychee forest that envelops the entirety of the place. The Tai Tong Organic Park is only a little over ten minutes away from Yuen Long. Engage with nature and take on more adventures as you visit the Tai Tong Organic Park!

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Tai Po Waterfront Park

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Set apart for its embrace to modern architecture, the Tai Po Waterfront Park is highlighted by the magnificent Spiral Lookout Tower, the 10th Anniversary of Hong Kong’s Reunification Sculpture, and the towering central water feature. The Tai Po Waterfront Park is considered as a city park as along its enormous open space filled with gardens and different sports facilities, the park gathers tourists for its brilliant centerpieces. If you are in search of spaces where you can best enjoy the meld of modern architecture and nature, the Tai Po Waterfront will be nothing short of wonderful.

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零碳天地

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Zero Carbon Park houses the first zero-carbon building in Hong Kong designed to promote a low-carbon architecture. The Zero Carbon Park essentially serves as an exhibit and education and information center for green-building, containing state-of-the-art infrastructure that showcases eco-friendly architecture that helps filtrate the surrounding air. Though it is significantly smaller in size compared to other parks, the Zero Carbon Park gives breathing spaces a more modern approach and a fresher breeze, suited for those who enjoy a simple and forward-looking nature experience.

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Lion Rock Country Park

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Nestled between Shatin and North Kowloon, the Lion Rock Country Park is one of the earliest country parks in Hong Kong. The Lion Rock Country Park has an untouched greenery that mostly attracts hikers, explorers, and travelers. It presents a stunning scenic view of Kowloon City from above. The Lion Rock Country Park is an excellent space for those who want prolonged disengagement from city life and a little bit of adventure.

  • Sha Tin, Hong Kong

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Chater Garden

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Sandwiched in the hustle and bustle of Central district, the Chater Garden offers a minute of ease from city-goers and office workers. It features several small pools, fountains, manicured bushes, and trees along its cemented platform, offering a slight sense of peace and calmness. The Chater Garden also has a tree walk garden that helps city-goers relax as they trail their destinations. The Chater Garden is a place suitable for semi-relaxations and quick time offs from urban activities.

  • Chater Rd, Central, Hong Kong

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Cheung Kong Park

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The Cheung Kong Park nestles in Queen’s Road Central, located just beside the St. John’s Cathedral. It is a known welcome oasis to office workers who are often seen dining and/or relaxing in its benches. The Cheung Kong Park has lush foliage, water cascades, and stone paths, presenting an outside feel amidst the busy city. What makes the Cheung Kong Park essentially different from other breathing spaces is its artificial rock surroundings and formations that give a whiff of still adventure—truly fit for those who seek a more urban-disengaged relaxation mid-city.

  • Central, Hong Kong

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Harcourt Garden

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Like most urban parks, Harcourt Garden is filled with lush foliage, benches, and walkways that affords mental repose to city-goers and career folks. It attracts visitors through its granite blocks that are arranged to form art installations, displaying a more modern take on breathing spaces and peace places. It is a perfect place for travelers to visit as it exhibits a variety of art installations. The garden is located near the Admiralty MTR station—ideal for a short stop (or perhaps, a snap) before your next destination!

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Choi Sai Woo Park

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While it is essentially a social hub for the Choi Sai neighborhood, the Choi Sai Woo Park is open to passersby and visitors who are looking to take a moment of peace. The Choi Sai Woo Park features two small basketball courts and a separate exercise and recreational station. The Choi Sai Woo park is set apart as an urban park for its expansive space that allows for people to “thought walk”. Casual restaurants and convenience stores are also minutes away from the park—in case you find yourself spending a little more time thinking and unwinding.

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Lai Chi Kok Park

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Another of Kowloon’s many parks, the Lai Chi Kok Park is a known spot for skaters as it is home to one of the largest skate parks in Hong Kong. The Lai Chi Kok Park prides itself in its many sports facilities that include indoor sports center and swimming pool, and its one-of-a-kind Chinese Lingnan-style garden. This place is excellent for tourists, residents, sports enthusiasts, and skaters alike. It is a given in your must-visit list!

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Urban Council Centenary Garden

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The Urban Council Centenary Garden is surrounded by the Hong Kong Museum of History, Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, and Hong Kong Coliseum. Though it is more of a liminal space between these establishments, the Urban Council Centenary Garden also presents a peace place for those who wish to take a breather from moving about as it has its own benches, fountains, and manicured foliage. It is also rich in history as it essentially commemorates the establishment of the Urban Council. The Urban Council Centenary Garden, or “Centenary Garden” for short, is a perfect resting place for tourists who are in search for nearby establishments.

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Tsuen Wan Park

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Built along the coast, the Tsuen Wan Park features a maritime themed space that melds the . Its most unique feature is the artificial waterfall that takes tranquility to the next level. The gushing sound of water coupled with lush greens is an excellent place for travelers and residents to unwind. That coupled with manicured foliage and sleek benches–absolutely perfect for meditation and relaxation.

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Nan Lian Garden

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Surrounded by high-rise buildings in Diamond Hills, the Nan Lian Garden truly speaks of “the breathing space”. What sets Nan Lian Garden apart from other parks is its perfect arrangement of greeneries, ponds, and benches that allow for greater appreciation of the space. It presents a magnificent fusion of Tang-dynasty and modern architecture that is most appreciated through its one-way circular route that lets you enjoy a full experience of the place in one go. The Nan Lian Garden is a place that is brilliant for travelers who want a mesmerizing and laidback experience of Hong Kong.

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