Summer in Hong Kong is all about junk rides and going to the beach, but sometimes you just want to break free from routine and do something different. May we suggest spending a relaxing afternoon with a picnic? Although we live in a skyscraper-filled concrete jungle, Hong Kong is home to plenty of green spaces where you can sit outside and enjoy the open air with snacks and refreshing drinks — if you know where to look. Fortunately, we’ve done the hard work and selected five of our favourite picnic spots for you. Now all you have to do is pack your picnic basket.
Victoria Peak Garden
Mount Austin Road, The Peak
Located at an altitude of 554 metres, Victoria Peak Garden was originally the private garden and grounds of the Governor of Hong Kong. Today, it features green lawns with benches, fountains and pavilions, all resembling a classic Victorian garden. Although it’s a 30-minute walk uphill from the Peak Tram Station at the Peak, the breathtaking views of the entire city are well worth it — or you could simply drive up. There’s a kiosk for light refreshments here, but you’re better off bringing your own food and drink.
Cyberport Waterfront Park
Cyberport, 100 Cyberport Road, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
With a quiet grassy area and unobstructed sea views facing Lantau Island, Cyberport Waterfront Park is a popular choice for dog owners and families. Throughout the park, dogs are allowed to run free without the leash attached, and there is plenty of space for them to roll around. If you require any last-minute snacks, Starbucks is just nearby, as are restroom facilities.
Nursery Park / Waterfront Promenade
West Kowloon Cultural District
Nursery Park is located near the southern tip of West Kowloon Cultural District, next to the Waterfront Promenade where events and festivals often take place. A majority of the area is occupied by green lawns, and the location provides unobstructed harbour-facing views. It may not be the most conveniently located spot, but that just means you’ll never have to battle the crowds for a patch of grass here, so you’re free to sit back and relax.
Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Park
33 Shing Fung Road, Kai Tak, Kowloon
The former Kai Tak International Airport runway has been transformed into Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Park, which occupies an area of 2.3 hectares and features facilities that include a 270-metre-long waterfront promenade at the tip of the runway that faces Lei Yue Mun. Along the waterfront facing Kwun Tong is a large lawn with an area equivalent to 20 basketball courts, where you can relax and enjoy the view of the harbour. Open from 7am to 11pm daily, this is a one-of-a-kind picnic spot that can only be found in Hong Kong.
Jordan Valley Park
No. 71, New Clear Water Bay Road, Kwun Tong
With an area of approximately 6.3 hectares, Jordan Vally Park is the largest park in the Kwun Tong district. In addition to the picnic-perfect central lawn, the park also offers a wide range of recreational facilities including jogging tracks, children’s play areas and radio-controlled model car racing circuits, making it a wonderful spot for family activities.