Opened in 1970, Kowloon Park’s Chinese-style gardens provide an escape from the bustling streets in Tsim Sha Tsui. Once a military base, the 32.8-acre (13.3-hectare) green space now hosts playgrounds, sculptures, and fitness facilities, as well as a range of flora and fauna, including several protected trees.
Combine your visit with an exploration of Tsim Sha Tsui’s food stalls and markets, or escape the heat of the day on an evening stroll—many tours offer nighttime excursions. Visitors with a little more time can take advantage of free events, including weekly Kung Fu and birdwatching meetups, enjoy the family-friendly maze and playgrounds, or simply unwind in one of the many landscaped gardens.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Kowloon Park is popular with families, joggers, and wildlife-watchers.
- Bring binoculars for a closer look at the park’s 100 species of bird, including heron, bulbul, and flamingos.
- The loggia offers some shelter during rainy months, but it’s also wise to bring an umbrella.
- Most of the park’s paths are wide and paved, allowing for wheelchair access, and there is an accessible toilet on-site.
How to Get There
As with all big cities, it’s best to avoid driving where possible, though a small on-site parking lot offers two spaces for wheelchair users. Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan, and Austin stations are all nearby, and the park is served by a number of KMB bus services, including the number 2, 7, and 9.
When to Get There
Hong Kong is a perfect layover for birds migrating across Asia, making it a top destination for wildlife lovers all year round. The park is particularly charming around dusk in summer, and offers brisk, refreshing mornings in winter.
The Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre
While you’re in the grounds, pay a visit to the on-site heritage center, housed in two old barrack buildings, which features exhibits that explore the territory’s far-reaching cultural heritage, including Bronze Age pottery and imperial artifacts.