Energy. Noise. Crowds of people. We love Hong Kong’s energy and vibe – but it can get a little too much on occasion. Sometimes you just have to get away from it all and our city is home to plenty of hidden peaceful spots that help you escape the chaos and embrace the calm. We’ve already teamed up with Pure Yoga – the well-being group that offers Hongkongers a range of diverse yoga practices in venues across the city – to suggest seven places to find the calm amidst the chaos on Hong Kong Island but we all know there’s more to this city than just the Island Line, which is why we’ve also put together this list for Kowloon and the New Territories. Because they understand the importance of tranquillity, Pure Yoga’s offering free trial meditation classes in all their studios and running an awesome giveaway on Instagram. Follow the instructions for a chance to win a well-being package that includes a three-month Pure Yoga contract, a $500 Pure Apparel voucher and a $500 Nood Food voucher. For even more pockets of calm, check out Pure’s interactive map – after you’ve had a good meditation sesh in these locations, of course…
The best Kowloon and NT places to find calm amidst the chaos
Sitting snugly in the grassy fields of Kowloon’s West Kowloon Cultural District, this sleek mirrored pavilion is the district’s primary site for modern art exhibitions until the M+ Museum is completed in 2019. We can’t think of anything more calming than immersing ourselves in the venue’s thoughtfully curated exhibitions before heading out to its outdoor terrace to enjoy the impressive views of Hong Kong Island’s skyline across the harbour.
As the home of Hong Kong’s only top-notch cycling track, this sprawling Tseung Kwan O park is much-loved for its public sports facilities. Whether you fancy meditating on the grassy lawns, pondering life by the artificial lakes or making use of the concrete skatepark, jogging track and climbing wall, there’s something peaceful for everyone here.
With its Qing Dynasty-style architecture and perfectly manicured grounds, this 31,000sq ft park is a far cry from the notorious lawless city which once occupied the site. Find peace and quiet among the picturesque surroundings before you learn what life was like in the famous walled city at the park’s museum. A noise-free experience – anything but what it was once like here.
It may be located in one of the most populated districts of Hong Kong but Chi Lin Nunnery is a bona fide sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle with its gorgeous timber structures, harmonious chanting sounds and sacred air of tranquillity. Wander through the nunnery’s 16 halls and learn more about Buddhism, as well as the complex’s construction. Also, take in the sights of the zen bonsai garden or revel in the simple pleasure of a good brew at the wonderful on-site teahouse.
Once a cargo working area for waste paper recycling businesses, this kilometre-long stretch of the industrial district’s waterfront has been transformed into a gorgeous multifunctional public space. On top of the killer views of Hong Kong Island, Victoria Harbour and Lei Yue Mun, visitors can see models of mechanical cranes and waste paper bundles which pay homage to the area’s original use. Spend time in the serenity here with the gentle lapping of the waters as your faithful companion.
Just a stone’s throw from Megabox shopping center lies Kowloon’s Zero Carbon Building. Visitors can escape the hubbub of Kowloon Bay in the building’s surrounding lush green landscaped park or head into the solar-panel-covered structure itself to learn more about eco-friendly and self-sustaining design. After all, what’s more peaceful than protecting the planet?
Designed in the style of traditional Chinese courtyard houses and flanked by the Shing Mun River, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Sha Tin is a sight to behold. As promised by its name, the museum offers a glimpse into Hong Kong’s heritage with periodic exhibitions on Bruce Lee, classic local toys, calligraphy and more. In the summer months, the hushed, cool halls are a much-needed respite from the scorching heat, while the exhibitions provide food for thought. In peace.