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A Tour Around Hong Kong Wetland Park

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A Tour Around Hong Kong Wetland Park

I decided to go to the outskirts of Hong Kong, Tin Shui Wai to visit the Wetland Park because it looked like an interesting place to visit.

Hong Kong Wetland Park

Getting There

To get to the park you can take the metro to Kowloon Tong Station before switching to the overground trains to Hung Hom. Then you can take the tram and if you get off at Tin Sau Station instead of Wetland Park you can walk through the subway to avoid the blazing sun on the hotter summer days apparently.

Or, if you don't mind a slightly longer trip like us and have mobile data, you can use an app like Moovit to find a bus route with fewer interchanges - it's just much better at finding bus routes than Google Maps. I ended up taking the 265B bus from Mong Kok and got off at Tin Chak Shopping Centre for something to eat before heading there.

Getting the bus to Wetland Park

There is catering at the park itself too so you might want to find a bus that stops closer if you don't need to drop into some familiar fast food place for food.

Making our way to the park.

Either way, it took about 15 minutes for us to walk to the park from the shopping centre.

Outside the gates.

Wetland Park

The ticket office is quite a distance away from the actual park entrance...

Ticket office.

With some ducks to greet you, lol.

Duckies

After getting tickets, you can find a big path leading to the actual entrance. Some nice statues here.

Again, I chose a weekday to come here so it was fairly quiet apart from the odd school trip group passing through.

Main hallway.

There's a stamp rally card you can pick up and while there aren't any rewards for completing it like in Japan, it could make a good souvenir.

Stamp rally.

The main building's interior is just filled with big glass walls for you to gaze out at the wetland wildlife.

Hallway to the park and cafeteria.

Once you go through the building the first thing end up seeing is Pui Pui, the crocodile the park imported and have been raising.

Pui Pui's home.

Never seen a live crocodile before and it was very impressive in-the-flesh.

It's Pui Pui.

The park's structures were very well designed. Even the toilets blended in here...

Nice designs.

Once you start walking further in, you have these well-built wooden platforms to walk on through the park. It's quite an experience without barriers around them.

Wooden platforms lead you around the park.

The familiar skyscraping apartment blocks remind you you're still in the "concrete jungle" of Hong Kong but also kind of reminded me of Japan where, you'll be surprised to find spots that were free from urban noise even though they were right next to busy roads.

High rise buildings not far away.

The park is pretty much a place for learning about wetland wildlife.

Learn about the park wildlife here.

December isn't exactly the best time to come here if you want to see plants at their best. Despite the warmer temperatures in the mid 20Cs, most of the tropical plants aren't in bloom at this time.

But there's still the odd interesting plant to see like this Coral Plant also nicknamed, "Firecracker Flowers" by locals because of the sound they make when blooming apparently.

Coral plant.

Not the best time to go visit its butterfly section either ^^;

Not exactly a colourful butterfly.

There are also multi-floor bird watching houses dotted around the park...

Bird house in the distance.

With telescopes.

Time to spy on birds.

As you head to the top, you get clearer views around you as the walls become glass panes. You can actually see the buildings along Shenzhen, the city just at the border between Hong Kong and China from here.

You can see Shenzhen in China from here.

As you walk, you'll have to pay close attention to catch other signs of wildlife other than birds.

And I really don't know what these were... They looked like bee hives ^^;

Beehive...?

It doesn't take that long to circle round the park.

Back out we go...

On the way out we spotted these "Fake Pineapples (Pandanus Kaida)".

Fake pineapples apparently...

Frankly, I think they should put some effort into the ticket designs if they plan on attracting more tourists here... ^^;

Pretty dull ticket designs...

If you want to find a quiet little spot to enjoy the natural side of Hong Kong, then the Wetland Park might be worth a visit.

hong kong park

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