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10 Best country parks in Hong Kong

Forget the famous buildings of our concrete jungle; these are Hong Kong’s real gems

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Time Out Hong Kong
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Hong Kong isn't just skyscrapers and busy streets; there are lots of green spaces in the city, too, filled with scenic spots, hiking trails, wildlife, historic sites, and endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. Whether planning a day trip or just looking for some green inspiration to brighten your day, read on as we reveal our pick of the best country parks in Hong Kong.

RECOMMENDED: Check out our list of the best places to visit for fresh air in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong’s best country parks

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  • Tsuen Wan

The best place in Hong Kong to take in sweeping views of the New Territories – it is the highest peak in Hong Kong, after all. This is also one of the only places in Hong Kong to experience frost regularly, so be sure to wrap up warm if you're heading here in winter. The combination of mist and frost creates a stunning visual spectacle well worth the effort.

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  • Sha Tin

Kam Shan Country Park was one of the city's first country parks and is famous for its many monkeys (macaques). Home to approximately 1,800 monkeys, the park, known to many as Monkey Hill, is a great spot for hikers and offers fantastic views of the New Territories. A large number of wartime ruins remain well preserved in one corner of the park – the famous fortifications of the Gin Drinker's Line.

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  • Lantau Island

Encompassing a large chunk of South Lantau covering the rolling slopes of Lantau Peak and Sunset Peak, this country park is surrealistically transportive. Expect dense jungle, mountain peaks, and rugged trails that are just 45 minutes from Central. 

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  • Tai Lam

Despite being second to South Lantau in terms of size, Tai Lam is king in two other respects – hiking and butterflies. The former refers to the numerous trails found within the park. The latter is something of an ecological hot potato as the park was recently found to be the most diverse butterfly spot in the city. 

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  • Aberdeen

The place is a good area for families to explore or for older outdoor enthusiasts to visit as it’s one of the best-equipped country parks in the city, replete with picnic and barbecue areas, disabled access, a tai chi terrace, and children’s play areas. 

  • Attractions
  • Tai Tam

Tai Tam is the largest country park on Hong Kong Island, covering a fifth of its entire landmass. Tai Tam's is notable for two things. First, its reservoirs – it has four of them, and they're lovely. Second, World War II relics – namely forts. A fascinating remnant of the last century's conflicts. 

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  • Sha Tin

A country park that's relatively straightforward to access – it being only a short bus or cab ride from Tsuen Wan MTR Station. This stunning expanse features the famously idyllic Shun Mun Reservoir. A trail snakes around the entire park, which takes about three hours, and lets you take in a stunning variety of flora and fauna. Be sure not to miss the arboretum, which houses more than 300 tree varieties. 

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