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Where to spend a perfect autumn day in Hong Kong

It’s fall season, y’all!

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Time Out Hong Kong
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Let's be honest, Hong Kong basically has two seasons – winter and summer. But there is a short window of time around November when the temperature is delightfully cool and you can actually go to bed without the AC on full blast. So, get ready to step on some crunchy foliage and embrace the short yet fantastic autumn days with a visit to these places in Hong Kong.

RECOMMENDED: Want to explore further? Pay a visit to one of Hong Kong's secret islands, or pedal away along some scenic cycling routes in Hong Kong.

Perfect autumnal days out in Hong Kong

  • Things to do
  • Yuen Long

When it comes to admiring autumn foliage and welcoming in the new season, there's no better place in Hong Kong than Tai Tong Ecopark. A seasonal tradition for many Hongkongers, nature lovers, and photography junkies alike, these Yuen Long woods allows you to experience the burst of reds among the tree tops. 

  • Things to do
  • Tsing Yi

Here, you'll find hints of European architecture dotted around the park, including pavilions, statues, an amphitheatre, and an ornamental lake. As temperatures drop in Hong Kong, you’ll be greeted by a captivating sight as the stretch of tall trees by the lake turns red. Though they’re not actually maple trees, it’s a rare yet picturesque scene next to the body of water. 

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  • Attractions
  • Central

You can take in the autumn foliage in all its glory without leaving Hong Kong Island. Within the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens is the Avenue of Sweet Gum, where rows of half-a-century old gum trees flank the modest little road. When the yellow leaves start turning vivid red, the falling leaves will cover the path and turn it into a beautiful corridor of red foliage. Apart from botanicals, there are also numerous birds, mammals, and reptiles you can visit inside the park. 

  • Things to do
  • Lantau Island

Climb up to Hong Kong’s third-highest peak for the best natural evening view our territory has to offer. This ambitious hike leads you up the grassy Lantau Trail to a panoramic view from the appropriately named Sunset Peak. As you ascend the highlands, enjoy the Lantau coastline Pui O and explore the cluster of stone shacks on the way – although, most of them are privately owned so be respectful of the properties and don't trespass. The romantic view at the summit will make the arduous climb more than worth it. 

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  • Things to do
  • Kwun Tong

The park, which spans over six hectares, is a popular picnic destination during autumn, when the leaves on the trees that are dotted around the park turn into a beautiful crimson red. Lie down on the massive central lawn, or get lost with your friends in the maze garden. For radio controlled car enthusiasts, there is also a RC car racing circuit spanning 1,800 square metres, deemed suitable for holding major RC car races of international standards. 

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