Kowloon Park, Hong Kong: A Must-Visit Attraction for Nature Lovers

Kowloon Park located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong is one of the largest parks in Kowloon. Despite the hustle and bustle, this large green space offers an oasis and respite not just for the locals but also for tourists. Visitors to the cosmopolitan metropolis usually overlook this park, so here are 9 reasons why you should visit and add it to your Hong Kong itinerary.


What is the history of Kowloon Park?

trees inside kowloon park hong kong

Spanning more than 13 hectares, Kowloon Park sits on land that used to be part of Whitfield Barracks, an army fortress overlooking Victoria Harbour.

On June 24, 1970, the British governor during that time, Sir David Trench, opened the park to the public. It has since been redeveloped in 1989 by the then Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club.


Reasons to visit Kowloon Park

What is in Kowloon Park? Read on to find out what you can do and see in this park!

1. Kowloon Park is FREE to visit

Kowloon Park Hong Kong entrance

Tourists usually say Hong Kong is one of the most expensive places to go to. So if you’re looking for free things to do, Kowloon Park offers a lot of things that you can do that make a visit worthwhile.

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2. Kowloon Park’s gardens, trees, and all the greenery

Hong Kong might be famous for its buildings and cityscape, but there is a spot of green everywhere you look in this park!

violet flower at Kowloon Park Hong Kong

Be amazed at the Maze Garden, smell the roses at the Colour Garden, sit and people watch at the Roof Gardens, walk with nature along the Fitness Trail, and marvel at the trees in Banyan Court.

If you’re a nature lover, you’ll surely be in your element here.

3. Kowloon Park flamingos and other birds

flamingos at the bird lake kowloon park hong kong

If you’re only expecting greenery, then you’re in for a big surprise for this enormous park also has an Aviary and Bird Lake!

More than 90 birds can be seen in the seven enclosures at the Aviary. Some of these include the Rhinoceros Hornbill, Blue & Yellow Macaw, Red-tailed Cockatoo, and other bird species.

black neck swan and wood ducks at bird lake kowloon park

Although Bird Lake’s highlight is the Flamingo Pond, you can also see other birds in the smaller ponds like the Coscoroba Swan, Black-necked Swan, and Wood Ducks among others.

NOTE: Please don’t feed the birds.
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Birdwatching every Friday 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM (free/walk-in)

4. Sculpture and art installations inside Kowloon Park

steel tube art installation kowloon park

Almost all of the parks I’ve been to have their share of art and Kowloon Park is no different. You’ll see most of the art pieces at the Sculpture Walk and Sculpture Garden but do keep your eye out for others scattered around the park just like the Totem Pole from Canada.

5. Kowloon Park fountain and waterfalls

water fountain inside kowloon park

Take a break and sit near one of the benches in the fountain pond. There is plenty of shade and the sound of water is quite relaxing.

Going up to the Aviary, one can also see a small waterfall streaming down the rock wall.

stairs with flowing water at kowloon park

6. Chinese garden and the terrapins in Kowloon Park

The traditional Chinese pergola and the terrapins basking in the sun on the lotus pond are what made Chinese Garden memorable. Elders doing Tai Chi in one of the coves are also a norm.

terrapins basking in the sun chinese garden kowloon park

7. Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre

If you aren’t tired yet, make a quick visit to the museum inside the park. It’s also free admission!

Antiquities and archaeological artifacts showcasing the culture and history of Hong Kong are what you’ll find in the permanent exhibition at the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre.

8. Kowloon Park Sports Centre and Swimming Pool

What makes Kowloon Park unique are the indoor and outdoor pools in the Swimming Pool Complex. There are 4 heated indoor pools while there are 3 irregularly-shaped pools outside. There is also a trampoline room and a spectator stand inside.

Check here for the maintenance schedule (temporary closure for annual maintenance) of the swimming pools.

Tip: You can pay for the Swimming pool admission fee with your Octopus Card but make sure to bring an HKD 5 coin for the locker fee. The weekday entrance fee for an adult is HKD 17 (rate as of April 2023). Check the rest of the Kowloon Park swimming pool rates here.

Various sports and recreation activities can be played inside the air-conditioned Sports Centre.

9. Kowloon Park kids’ playgrounds

Suitable for children from 2 to 12 years old, the huge Children’s Playground has a matted floor and plenty of facilities to keep your little ones busy. The castle and cannons are the big hits at the Discovery Playground.

***BONUS: And there’s even a small McDonald’s kiosk to quench your thirst from the heat! ūüėČ

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Kowloon Park tourist guide

Entrance fee:

FREE (except Sports Centre & Swimming Pool)

You don’t need to book in advance to visit Kowloon Park

Address: 

22 Austin Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Park Map:

Click here to see the downloadable park map

Kowloon Park Opening hours: 

  • Park: 5:00 AM to Midnight
  • Discovery Playground: 6:30 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Aviary & Bird Lake: March to October 6:30 AM to 6:45 PM / November to February 6:30 AM to 5:45 PM
  • Sports Centre: 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • Swimming Pool: 6:30 AM to 12 PM / 1 PM – 5 PM / 6 PM – 10 PM

Entrances:

Nathan Road, Austin Road, Canton Road, Haiphong Road, Footbridge to China HK City

kowloon park entrance from nathan road

How to get to Kowloon Park Hong Kong (What MTR exit):

  • MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Exit A1 (walk along Nathan Road)
  • MTR Jordan Station Exit C1 (walk along Nathan Road)
  • MTR Austin Station (walk along Austin Road)

Facilities include a car park, toilets, access for persons with disabilities, a piazza, covered walkways, Mosque

Prohibited inside the park: dogs, cycling, hawking, smoking, and bird feeding

Free WiFi is available through Wi-Fi.HK via GovWiFi

If you prefer to use an eSIM instead, check here:


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Darlene is currently on the road again and traveling full-time after being an expat/overseas Filipino worker in Qatar. She's rediscovering what it means to travel solo and in her 30s while working on her blogs.

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