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Life in the concrete jungle can make it hard to get some sun and fresh air. But whether you’re planning your next picnic or looking for a place to practise roller skating, our hometown actually has some great parks and gardens — and some even are home to art and cultural destinations. Read on for our top picks.
Victoria Park. Image:

Victoria Park

We can’t begin this list without including Victoria Park. First opened in 1957, the park was named after the statue of Queen Victoria and is the largest park on Hong Kong Island. As well as being a cultural destination for events like the Lunar New Year Fair, it’s home to a swimming pool as well as plenty of outdoor fitness facilities.

Victoria Peak Garden. Image: Wpcpey, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Victoria Peak Garden

Originally the summer residence for the governor of Hong Kong, Victoria Peak Garden is now a beautifully maintained green space that overlooks the city. Perched at The Peak, it’s the perfect spot for family picnics and gatherings after a hunger-building hike or a short tram ride. Even better, our furry friends are allowed.

Zoological And Botanical Gardens. Image: RG72, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Zoological and Botanical Gardens

Though we don’t exactly have a zoo in Hong Kong, the Zoological and Botanical Gardens come pretty close. Now over 150 years old, the gardens are home to a number of birds, reptiles and mammals including gibbons, lemurs and even orangutans. You can also spend time spotting rare species of flowers and plants dotted around the grounds.

Hong Kong Park. Image:

Hong Kong Park

Just a stone’s throw away from Pacific Place is Hong Kong Park. The park is home to several garrison buildings from the colonial era, including the current Flagstaff House Museum of Teaware and the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre. At The Forsgate Conservatory and The Edward Youde Aviary, you can get up close and personal with nature and escape the urban setting for a while.

Kowloon Walled City Park. Image: Chow

Kowloon Walled City Park

Kowloon Walled City was a notorious nest of crime and poverty — but what stands in its place now is a beautiful park inspired by the Jiangnan garden style of the early Qing dynasty. Spend an afternoon at the park to learn more about the history of the walled city, and explore the traditional Chinese landscape and built architecture.

West Kowloon Art Park. Image: WONG

West Kowloon Art Park

One of the latest additions to our city is the West Kowloon Art Park. Now decked out with restaurants, cafes and regular cultural happenings, the M+ neighbour is a great pick for hangouts with people as well as pets, all backgrounded by the harbour view. If you’re feeling active, you can also rent a bike to tour the entire harbourfront.

Tsing Yi Park. Image: Wing1990hk, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Tsing Yi Park

Tsing Yi Park is a sprawling and tranquil spot for basking in the glory of nature and getting your blood flowing. You’ll find a large waterfall and ornamental lakes that are home to some majestic tortoises, as well as scenic walking paths and trails. It’s also a great spot to socialise with friends and family, young and old, thanks to a designated picnic area, a tai chi garden, fitness facilities for the elderly and a designated kids’ play area.


Enjoy the new discoveries, and the green views!