Kowloon Park (九龍公園)

Formerly the site of the Whitfield Barracks of the British Army, this plot of land was handed over by the military for public use in 1970 and subsequently became Kowloon Park. It was then later redeveloped in 1989.

Map of the park:

The park has a total area of 13.3 hectares, offering a full range of recreational facilities to the public. It’s a nice place for a leisurely walk if you want a break from the bustle of city life. I took a brief walk through the park and only explored the places mentioned below…

To my surprise, there is an Avenue of Comic Stars located in the park but it wasn’t mentioned on the map! (click on the link for a more detailed post on this place)


Maze Garden – This occupies an area of 40 metres by 20 metres and is a well sculpted garden. However, the weather was quite hot and humid when I visited, so I didn’t stay long in this section of the park.


The Chinese Garden comprises of a two-tier lotus pond linked by a rock cascade and there is a traditional Chinese pergola at the centre of the upper pond. I noticed there were quite a number of both white and blue collared workers spending their lunch break in this area, which is actually quite a tranquil spot.


The Aviary is comprised of seven planted enclosures which accommodate over 100 birds of 29 species.

Opening Hours:
6:30 am to 6:45 pm (March to October)
6:30 am to 5:45 pm (November to February)

This Black Crested Cockatoo was an attention seeker and we were amused by its antics.


The Bird Lake is comprised of a large Flamingo pond and a small waterfowl pond. Both are landscaped and support a total of over 200 birds of around 18 different species, among which the main attraction is the flock of Greater Flamingos.

Opening Hours:
6:30 am to 6:45 pm (March to October)
6:30 am to 5:45 pm (November to February)

Other species which can be seen at the Bird Lake are:

Hawaiian Geese (Branta sandvicensis)

Coscoroba Swan (Coscoroba coscoroba)

Black-necked Swan (Cygnus melancoryphus)

The Black-necked Swan has an unusual call which I’ve never heard before, so I decided to capture it on video.


Address:
22 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Admission:
Free (except Swimming Pool and Sports Centre)

Opening Hours:
The Park is open from 5:00am to 12:00 midnight but certain facilities within the park have different hours of operation. Check the Kowloon Park map for more details.

Getting There:
MTR Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station A1 exit or Jordan MTR Station C1 exit.

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