If you’re visiting and considering to take a day off from the buzzing districts, stop by The Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, better known as Hong Kong Zoo.
In the Central neighbourhood just around the corner from the Visuals Art Centre lies one of the oldest parks in Asia. Hidden in plain sight next to Soho, it’s one of the hidden gems located right in the heart of Hong Kong Island and unknown to many people.
Built in 1861, it may not boast a menagerie of animals compared to larger zoos, but it’s a refreshing haven in this concrete jungle. Just a 15 minutes walk from the Central MTR station, the zoo is home to a wide variety of primates and birds. Odds are that there will be families and tourists visiting during the weekends, so getting there early is the best advice.
Consider stopping by SoHo for brunch followed by a short stroll along Caine Road towards Hong Kong Zoo. The Glenealy Road entrance leads to a spot with a strikingly beautiful juxtaposition of historic colonial and modern contemporary architecture. In true Hong Kong style, just as you begin to leave behind the hustle and bustle of city life, you come to a subway that goes right under the busy Albany Road towards the aviary part of the zoo.
Although everyone loves the beautiful red flamingoes, do not forget to visit the elegant red-crowned cranes which are classified as an endangered animal. Seeing them in the pond enclosure is almost like seeing a Japanese painting come to life.