No visit to Hong Kong would be complete without visiting some of its amazing gardens and parks. Hong Kong is in fact so well known for its gardens and parks that one of its most popular hotels, the Royal Garden Hong Kong, takes its cue from nature in its decoration and style. Whether you choose to immerse yourself in the experience at the Royal Garden Hong Kong or just visit one of the many gardens Hong Kong has to offer, you won't be disappointed.
One of the most famous parks in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Park. Hong Kong park was opened in 1991, at a cost of over $390. The park stretches over almost 20 acres and features flowing waterfalls, streams, ponds and much more. A unique aviary was opened in 1992 and features over 150 Southeast Asian birds. The aviary is enclosed in mesh netting, allowing visitors to walk amongst the birds as they fly around the trees, chirping and playing amongst each other. In the center of the park is a 90 foot lookout tower that gives you stunning views of the Lippo Centre, the Bank of China and the surrounding area.
Not only does Hong Kong Park boast beautiful, peaceful nature-filled areas, it also plays home to a Sports Center and a Squash Center. The Sports Center at Hong Kong Park features a multipurpose area that can be converted to eight badminton courts, two basketball courts, two netball courts or two volleyball courts. It also has three table-tennis tables and a fitness room. The squash centre at Hong Kong Park is the largest in the entire city. It has eighteen air-conditioned courts, one of which is a three-sided glass paneled court surrounded by spectator stands that servers for exciting competitions and exhibition matches.
Hong Kong Park is also home to the Hong Kong Visual Arts Center. The Visual Arts Center has nine well-equipped studios designed for use by trained artists in the fields of printmaking, ceramics and sculpture. It also hosts and exhibition gallery, lecture theatre and a multi-purpose room open to the public.
Another fun place to visit in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens. The Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens are home to an aviary, bamboo garden, jaguar enclosure, mammal enclosure, reptile house, and several gardens including an herb garden, magnolia garden and azalea garden. The animal exhibits at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens are not simply for entertainment. The garden also serves to foster understanding and appreciation for all living things through conservation, research and education.
In terms of flora, the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens is a gem to behold. The garden is home to over a thousand different plant species, many of them native to tropical and sub-tropical regions. Not only are there thematic gardens that highlight such species as magnolias and azaleas, there's also a green house that is home to over 150 native and exotic plants such as orchids, ferns and climbers.
Whether you choose to visit one of these major Hong Kong parks or to visit one of the smaller gardens or parks throughout the city, you will be amazed at the way nature is incorporated into this bustling metropolis. Be prepared to immerse yourself in your surroundings, and above all, to relax.