Four-tenths of Hong Kong's 400 square miles is officially designated country park. It's an amazing figure, given that Hong Kong is also one of the most densely populated parts of the planet. Hong Kong's parks are its lungs, and – incredible to record – you're rarely more than half an hour's drive away from one of the city's oases.
Hong Kong's green experience starts as soon as you arrive. The main highway and railway line from the airport run beneath the highlands of Lantau, home to two of Hong Kong's prime country parks.
It's the same story in the heart of the city. Hop in a taxi or aboard bus in the heart of Central, and a few minutes later you can be stepping off into Tai Tam or Aberdeen Country Park. One minute the view's all skyscrapers, the next it's trees and rolling hills.
It gets better across the harbor in Kowloon and the New Territories. The MacLehose Trail runs for 62 miles from coast to coast, almost all of it through country parks. Head to the eastern end to Sai Kung Country Park to experience Dai Long Wan, one of Hong Kong's most lovely beaches, which is only accessible on foot or by boat.
Hong Kong's parks are one of its best assets.
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