Hong Kong's Best Parks: Great Glimpes of Green in the Concrete Jungle

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.

Tsim Sha Tsui

Bordered by four of the busiest roads in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Park is a real oasis. As you stroll through this former military encampment, you'll be treated to great views of lakes, ornamental gardens, a sports complex, a bird lake (home to a...  Read More

Lion Rock Country Park
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The views from Lion Rock over Kowloon and Hong Kong are stupendous. One of Hong Kong's first three country parks, Lion Rock Country Park spans 557 hectares (1,376 acres) and shares a border with Kam Shan Country Park to the west. The park...  Read More

Tai Mo Shan Country Park

This grand park is home to Tai Mo Shan, the highest peak in Hong Kong at 3,139 feet. Hiking to the top is strenuous but not too challenging, and the pristine peak view is an ample reward for your efforts. Group tours are also available.This is a...  Read More

Causeway Bay
Victoria Park
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Separating Causeway Bay from Tin Hau, Victoria Park takes its name from the statue of Queen Victoria which squats rather disconsolately at its center. Many people visit this park to see the elderly masters, as well as devotees of all ages,...  Read More

Southeast Hong Kong Island
Shek O Country Park
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Despite its rather remote and difficult to reach location (or perhaps because of it!), Shek O is quite popular with hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. The 701-hectare (1732 acres) park offers amazing views from trails that traverse the top of...  Read More

Hong Kong Park
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This small, but well-designed park offers a welcome break from the concrete and glass buildings that are surrounding it. Built into the side of a small hill, top attractions include an aviary with a large selection of exotic birds, and a...  Read More

Aberdeen Country Park

This sprawling 410-acre park, set around a large reservoir, offers plenty of trails for hiking, jogging or walking, and it also has various exercise stations built along the trails to boost visitor workouts. Picnic areas provide ideal meeting...  Read More

Kowloon Walled City Park
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This park was built on what was once a massive tenement block which grew up around an old fortification. The tenements were finally demolished in the 1990s. The Kowloon Walled City was famous for holding a unique distinction – it was the only...  Read More

Southeast Hong Kong Island
Tai Tam Country Park
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Tai Tam Country Park sprawls over 1315 hectares (3249 acres), an amazing one-fifth of Hong Kong Island's total area. Tai Tam Valley, a verdant hollow surrounded by rocky cliffs, is a favorite destination. Also within the park's boundaries there...  Read More

Sai Kung Country Park
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The New Territories, once home to nothing but pastoral meadowlands, are quickly becoming industrialized and commercialized. However, this park remains a bastion of natural beauty. This unspoiled seaside area of parkland features hiking trails...  Read More


Meet Ed Peters

Ed Peters has been based in Asia for most of his adult life, and counts Hong Kong as his second home. While he lives in a farming village on one of the outlying islands, getting to the city center...  More About Ed