A Nature Lovers Paradise, Next to High-Rise Apartment Blocks


Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Asia Expert on January 18, 2009

Located on the edge of the internationally known Mai Po Marshes, on the banks of Deep Bay, just a few kilometers north of Yuen Long, Hong Kong Wetland Park is one of Hong Kong's best conservation centers and a must-see for anyone who has some interest in nature, and in wetlands in particular.

It is surely not the most impressive place in terms of "being close to nature" (Mai Po Nature Reserve is far more "natural"...), but it has all that is needed to discover the wetlands in a comfortable and enjoyable way that appeals to almost everybody, and it has one of the best (and largest) Wetlands-themed visitor centres on earth, with plenty of beautifully exhibited stuff.

In the 10,000 square meter large visitor centre, you can enjoy some excellent themed exhibitions about wetlands, marshes and swamps all over the world... As the case is in many of Hong Kong's museums, there are all sorts of state-of-the-art interactive exhibits, including audio-visual shows, that makes it more fun for the young ones... and for adults too...

Outside, at the actual reserve, you get the chance to walk across different wetland environments, including a mangroves swamp, and to see all kinds of unique fauna and flora (including a large number of migratory birds, in season). There are built hideaways from which you can watch the birds unnoticed, there are fixed binoculars and telescopes that you can use... and what not...

The park is open daily (except Tuesdays that are not falling on public holidays, and the first two days of the Chinese Lunar New Year).

Admission fees are HK$ 30 for an adult, HK$ 15 for children (3 - 18) students and seniors (above 65) and free for babies (under 3 years old), and there are group concessions.

How to get here : From KCR station - Tin Shui Wai, interchange for the Light Rail (route No. 705) and alight at the Wetland Park Station (Once there, cross the footbridge, turn right and walk for a couple of minutes till you see the entrance to the park on your left).

Citybus' route No. 967 travels almost directly from Admiralty (Drake Street, outside Lippo Centre: MTR-Admiralty, exit B) and from Central (Connaught Road Central : outside Statue Square or outside Wing Lung Bank Building, next to MTR-Central, exit C)

To learn more about the Hong Kong Wetland Park, you should visit their website (which is quite good actually): www.wetlandpark.com/en or you can call them on phone : 2708 8885

For more information on the area around Hong Kong Wetland Park (including tourist attractions, interesting sites and heritage-trails), visit www.metropolasia.com and go to their "Hong Kong Tours, Attractions and Sightseeing" section > Western New Territories (The direct link is: http://www.metropolasia.com/index2.php?id=117‚Ć©ENG&catId=14 )
Hong Kong Wetland Park
New Territories -

2708 8885

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