The best urban green spaces in Hong Kong
Sitting in the heart of an impressive 5.3 hectre park is Hong Kong’s only top-notch cycling track and world-class velodrome – hence the name. But beyond the arena is a wealth of public sports facilities and more importantly, grassy lawns for miles. Bask in the sun without anyone being in your vicinity or take advantage of all the great public sports facilities the park offers including a concrete skatepark, a jogging track and climbing wall. Best of all, the park is just 10 minutes from Hang Hau MTR station.
Since ceasing operations in 1998 as the Hong Kong International Airport, the former Kai Tak site has been repurposed as a terminal for luxury cruise ships. As part of the transformation, a huge section of the former runway has been turned into a sprawling lawn with unbeatable views of Victoria Harbour. The waterfront promenade also has a couple of canopied seats to get really up into the view. The park is relatively quiet, but if you’re looking for a hidden oasis, head up to the flat roof of the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal to find a 23,000 sq m lawn and viewing platform.
Formerly a public cargo working area where waste paper recycling used to run their businesses, this revamped waterfront boardwalk is a small oasis away from the heart of Kwun Tong. Though it’s only about one km long, the promenade offers ample grassy space to chill out on and take in the panoramic views of Hong Kong Island East, Victoria Harbour and Lei Yue Mun. Unique art installations also light up the nighttime, making for an attractive backdrop.
The definition of an urban green space, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park allows you to turn your back on the dense high-rise buildings of Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun and look out over blue skies and sea. Named after modern China’s founding father, the waterfront park regularly maintains its lush lawn space, so ditch the shoes and enjoy feeling the grass between your toes. It’s a popular spot for outdoor yoga classes and CrossFit groups come early morning and the weekend, so be sure to pick the right time to avoid the crowds.
Just a stone’s throw away from the Instagram-famous Monster Building is this serene little park. Some 185,000 sq ft, the public park is dotted with sculptures, benches and water features, a haven to escape Quarry Bay’s busy main streets. Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot during your lunch break or a cure for office cabin fever, Taikoo Park is your answer. Plus, discover concerts hosted by Swire taking place amongst the trees.
Sandwiched in between Admiralty’s concrete mess and Victoria Harbour, Tamar Park is a large expanse of greenery open to all in the heart of the city. Boasting 17,000 sq m of space, it’s the perfect spot to roll out a picnic blanket or a yoga mat to chill and relax. The vast green space is an easy walk from Admiralty MTR Station or a leisurely stroll from Central along the harbour promenade.
Another brilliant urban green space by the waterfront, West Kowloon Nursery Park looks out towards Hong Kong Island as well as Lantau and beyond. Choose whether you want to make camp by the waterside with the Island skyline as backdrop or stroll deeper into the park and throw down your blanket in the more tree-heavy area to really block the noise from the city. Also, it’s pet-friendly. Don’t miss the monthly Freespace Happening event that brings together local bands, workshops and a handicraft market within the park.
Get familiar with Hong Kong’s first urban native woodland that surrounds Zero Carbon Building – a special complex with zero net energy consumption and zero net carbon emissions to educate the public on energy conservation. Here, you’ll find 220 native trees of over 40 different species that are all native to Hong Kong, which creates and supports a high-quality ecosystem. Science aside, it’s the perfect spot to breathe in some fresh air (only top-shelf oxygen here) and get away from the crowds of Kowloon Bay. If you're interested in botany, ZCB offers three guided tour sessions for the public every day.