We Hongkongers love our furry friends – as evidenced by the number of pet cafés and pet shops in town. But that doesn’t mean Hong Kong is necessarily pet-friendly. While our SAR is blessed with lush country parks and beaches, dogs are frequently barred from these places. Still, don’t settle for the concrete jungle when it comes to walkies as there are still plenty of great spots to bring your dog and have fun. Dig in as we put together a list of the best canine-friendly parks and see which is top dog. Sarah Moran and Olivia Lai
Hong Kong’s best dog parks
Contrary to the name, Butterfly Valley is not festooned with butterflies. It is, however, home to the largest pet park in Kowloon. Here, you can make use of numerous equipment, such as railings to manoeuvre around and rings to jump through, to train your dog to be the next star on Asia’s Got Talent. If your pooch gets a little dog-tired, you can wind down together by taking a stroll along the scenic footpath.
Facilities: Dog drinking fountains; dog excreta collection bin; hand-washing facility; pet activity area; pet play equipment.
Opening hours: Daily 7am to 12am.
As well as being a prime location for festivals and viewing Hong Kong’s various fireworks displays, Central and Western District Promenade is actually a great spot for dog owners to let their mutts off the leash. The spacious grassy area is fully fenced, meaning your pup can run free and play fetch.
Facilities: Turf area; garden benches; dog excreta collection bins; dog latrine; hand-washing facility.
Opening Hours: 24 hours.
Another fantastic waterfront dog-friendly park. Located in the Southside neighbourhood of Telegraph Bay, this park is the ideal place for you to let your pet loose thanks to its vast grassy lawns. While the dogs run about, you can relax and enjoy a picnic by the harbour. There are also several taps around the area to keep furry friends hydrated throughout hot days. The only downside, there are occasionally snakes spotted during summer, so be sure to keep an eye out!
Facilities: Grassed area; dog excreta collection bin.
Opening hours: Daily 7am-11pm.
Kwun Tong has been steadily revamped and revitalised over the past few years. Its seen several new additions, including the gorgeous Kwun Tong promenade by the harbour. Just less than five minutes away from there is the Kwun Tong Pet Park, which boasts big spacious lawns, a dog balancing wood, water fountains and more. Once you and your four-legged buddy exhaust yourselves, head over to the promenade and enjoy the sunset.
Facilities: Amenity Lawn for pets; drinking fountains for dogs; dog latrine; play equipment for dogs.
Opening hours: 24 hours.
Located inside Sha Tin Racecourse (essentially it’s the park within the circle of the tracks), this beautiful green space is open to the public on non-race days. Penfold Park covers more than 20 acres and features luscious green lawns and man-made lakes that have become home to many of our city’s wild migratory waterbirds. Your pet can roam around, paddle across the lakes and race other dogs in the area – you know, like the horses.
Facilities: Grassed areas and lakes.
Opening Hours: Daily 9am-7.30pm (closed on race days).
The Quarry Bay waterfront park is mainly comprised of a coastal walkway and a grassy area with panoramic views of Victoria Harbour. Besides its 500m waterside promenade and lawn garden landscaped with trees and shrubs, the park also has a large pet park for your pup to run amok. Think of all the great selfies you can get with your four-legged bestie.
Facilities: Arbour; benches; dog excreta collection bins.
Opening Hours: 24 hours.
Did you know there’s a hidden dog park tucked away beneath the Island Eastern Corridor expressway? Now you do. And while Tung Hei Road Sitting-out Area doesn’t boast spacious grassy lawns, it does have a variety of play and training equipment for dogs, like a mini bridge and little stumps to jump over. These are pretty rare in Hong Kong, so this is still a notable spot.
Facilities: Pet play equipment; garden benches; dog excreta collection bins.
Opening Hours: 24 hours.
Located adjacent to the Tseung Kwan O South Waterfront Promenade, the Wan Po Road Pet Garden is the largest dog park in Hong Kong. The park has an area dedicated specifically to large dogs, another one for small dogs and a third where dogs of all sizes can mingle and socialise.
Facilities: Car park; pet activity areas; pet latrines; pet excreta collection bins; pet shower area; rain shelters; benches; lawns.
Opening Hours: 7am-7pm from May to August, 7am-6pm from September to April.
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