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Tsing Yi Park
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Best parks for a stroll in Hong Kong

The best places to get some fresh air amid the hustle and bustle of the city

By Time Out Hong Kong
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With social distancing remaining of utmost importance in light of the continued global health crisis, it is reasonable to stay indoors as much as possible. But it is worth noting that our city boasts some pretty excellent nature spots, from stellar camping sites to beautiful beaches. If you're desperately in need of some fresh air whilst keeping a sensible distance from people or merely looking for inspiration for an afternoon stroll, the following list of parks might be right up your alley.

RECOMMENDED: Want to get some fresh air on two wheels? Check out the best cycling routes in the city, and if you want to take some beautiful pictures along the way, we also have a list of the most Instagrammable cycling routes in Hong Kong. 

Hong Kong’s best parks

victoria peak garden
victoria peak garden
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1. Victoria Peak Garden

Things to do The Peak

Victoria Peak Garden is small but offers extensive Western and southern Hong Kong Island views, perfect for catching a breath of fresh air at altitude. You can access it via Mount Austin Road, which winds through the garden. This space was previously used as a summer residence providing expansive views for the governor of Hong Kong, but the building has since been demolished to make way for this park for the public to enjoy, full of lush trees, perfectly manicured bushes, and real green grass.

Tamar Park
Tamar Park
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2. Tamar Park

Attractions Admiralty

An urban park in the heart of Admiralty, its 'perpetual green' concept seeks to provide a verdant open space in which visitors can stroll and relax in the heart of the concrete jungle. Park facilities include a landscaped garden and views of the Hong Kong observation wheel and the iconic IFC tower. The expansive open space promises to provide a grassy, airy place that you can escape to, whether it be day or night, and links onto the waterfront promenade on the way to Central pier. Tamar Park is meditation and yoga friendly too, so it's a great spot for all those yogis out there. Access is easy – simply exit from Admiralty MTR station exit A, and walk along the footbridge.

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Wong Nai Reservoir
Wong Nai Reservoir
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3. Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park

Things to do Tai Tam

Take a short, uphill trek from Happy Valley to Wong Nai Chung Road, get your steps in for the day, then find yourself in a reservoir-turned-park. This place feels like the middle of nowhere, but in fact is only just out of the urban sprawl. Up here, it's ideal for a morning or afternoon stroll to catch some fresh air, a cool breeze, and, of course, sunshine if you're lucky. Take a moment to listen to the birds chirping and forget about life's troubles for the time being. For those who fancy a hike, it also doubles as the starting point for some great hiking trails towards Stanley with a birdseye view of Repulse Bay en route.

Sha Tin Central Park
Sha Tin Central Park
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4. Sha Tin Park

Things to do Sha Tin

This massive eight-hectare space has just about everything. There is a huge main plaza, a beautiful garden surrounding a tranquil pond, a tree-lined palm path and several children's playgrounds. The scented garden is also a treat for the lungs, and the park houses more than 400 species of native and exotic plants for your enjoyment. Go on a gentle stroll along the breezy Shing Mun River for a romantic evening date or a joyful family day. This park is really a tropical oasis for finding some peace from the modern world. A short seven-minute walk from Sha Tin MTR station, bike rental is also available to enjoy Sha Tin park on wheels.

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Kowloon Walled City
Kowloon Walled City
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5. Kowloon Walled City Park

Attractions Kowloon City

This Jiangnan garden-style park boasts impressive water features and traditional gardens that are perfect for a breath of fresh air and stunning picture-worthy spaces. Originally used as a garrison fort since the 16th century, the space later transformed into a walled city with a labyrinth of illegally-constructed buildings and dank, dark alleyways and became a place for various kinds of criminal activity. The city was torn down in the late 1980s and reopened as a park to give visitors a chance to appreciate its nature and beauty while contemplating its dark and exciting history.

Nan Lian Garden
Nan Lian Garden
Photograph: Courtesy Rajiv Bajaj

6. Nan Lian Garden

Things to do Wong Tai Sin

A wonderfully peaceful garden that is impeccably maintained and designed in true Tang dynasty style. A wander through the rock-lined paths takes you past a spectacular gilded pagoda, water mill and koi pond as you listen to the peaceful trickling of water. Admission is free, deeply refreshing, and provides visual pleasure from every angle. Visit Nan Lian garden by taking exit C2 from Diamond Hill MTR station.

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Tsing Yi Park
Tsing Yi Park
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7. Tsing Yi Park

Things to do Tsing Yi

At Tsing Yi Park, you'll notice a touch of Europe. There are pebbled walking trails, palm and prunus gardens, and a lookout pavilion that allows you to explore, breathe and stretch your legs. However, the real jewel of the park is the ornamental lake adorned with a waterfall. Sit by the lake, watch the tortoises swim and listen to the birds hum and sing. The peach blossoms and lotuses are simply too pretty to miss. The park is within walking distance from Tsing Yi MTR station.

West Kowloon Art Park
West Kowloon Art Park
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8. West Kowloon Art Park

Things to do West Kowloon

As one of the city's continually expanding areas, the West Kowloon Cultural District is a waterfront peninsula offering stunning Victoria Harbour views and the Hong Kong skyline. Its art park is the green heart of it all, perfect for cycling, jogging, or a leisurely walk to watch the sunset (or sunrise, for those inclined). Head here for an afternoon picnic, or if packing a meal is too much hassle, there are a number of pet-friendly eateries nearby so you can get food on-site even if you bring along your furry friends. 

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Lai Chi Kok Park
Lai Chi Kok Park
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9. Lai Chi Kok Park

Things to do Lai Chi Kok

This multi-level park offers what most don't – a seamless mix of sporting facilities and relaxation areas. On the lower level lies a small yet serene Lingnan-style garden with an impressive pond in the centre featuring a waterfall and fountain. Climb the stairs up to flyover level to reach sporting grounds which stretch as far as the eye can see. Here you'll find tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, a skatepark, jogging trails and more. The park is a great place to unwind with a walk or let off some steam with active sports and utilise its extensive facilities. Reach the park from exit B of Mei Foo Station.

Hong Kong Park
Hong Kong Park
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10. Hong Kong Park

Attractions Admiralty

One of the region's most well-known parks, this 80,000sq m green space showcases the city's innovative use of urban space. With a traditional tai chi garden, aviary, and beautiful water features, the park has a little bit of something for everyone. Get there from Admiralty Station, exit C1.

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11. Victoria Park

Attractions Causeway Bay
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As the largest park on Hong Kong Island, Victoria Park epitomises the multi-purpose mindset and economical use of space common to Hong Kong. When not being used for the city's annual celebrations, the park's football fields are also one of the main attractions here. A short walk into the park proper reveals a fish pond, jogging track, roller-skating rink, radio-controlled-boat-racing pond, swimming pool and tennis courts, among many other facilities. The park is located between Causeway Bay and Tin Hau stations.

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From extensive lawns by the water to hidden gardens tucked away in commercial districts, keep reading to discover these green spaces and where to get away for a breath of fresh air.

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