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Thereare over 1500 parks and gardens under the management of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) across Hong Kong. Featuring green canopies and seasonal blooms all year round, such parks and gardens draw crowds of flower viewers taking pictures during flowering seasons. Among an array of flowering plants, some species are in particular popular with visitors. To help members of the public to appreciate flowers timely, LCSD launched a brand-new-flower-viewing website to enable the public to keep abreast of the latest information on occasions and locations for flower appreciation. Latest news for the red leaves The debut plant of this new website is red leaves in Tsing Yi Park, North District Park, Jordan Valley Park and the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens. Members of the public can check the foliage changes in these parks and seize chances to enjoy the seasonal beauty. The flowering status of the remaining seven species will be updated in due course. Tsing Yi ParkThe Park’s ornamental lake is lined with 35 water pine trees and five bald cypress trees. During autumn and winter months, the foliage turns golden yellow and even crimson. Designed in the European style, the Park looks gorgeously scenic as the lake gleams gold from the reflection of the foliage colours under the sun. The viewing platform opposite the ornamental lake is a popular spot for viewing red leaves, allowing photography lovers to take pictures of such beautiful red leaves. (How to go) North District ParkLocated between Fanling and Sheung Shui, the North District Park features a landscape designed in a splendid Yangzhou style with distinctively unique pavilions. At the centre of the Park is a picturesque ornamental lake by the side of which 16 bald cypresses are grown. The reflections of the Jiangnan-style gardens in the rippling water of the lake present a stunning view of poetic beauty, leaving visitors spellbound. (How to go) Jordan Valley ParkAs the foliage of about 50 sweet gum trees in the Park turns crimson in winter, crowds of visitors are drawn to pay a visit, making the Park a popular urban spot for viewing red leaves. The Park features at its centre a large lawn rarely seen in urban areas, in addition to a children’s play area and a radio-controlled model car racing circuit. Flower viewers may picnic here while enjoying the red leaves, perfect for family outings. (How to go) Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical GardensLocated in the Mid-levels of Hong Kong Island, it is the first ever park built in Hong Kong with a history of 150 years. Flanked by 30 sweet gum trees, the Avenue of Sweet Gum next to the Fountain Terrace Garden appears like a tunnel of red leaves when the trees turn crimson in autumn and winter. The red foliage and the greenery nearby are a perfect match for each other, creating a poetic ambience around. (How to go)
The Sweet Gum Woods in Tai Lam Country Park is a popular spot for enjoying autumn foliage every year. The 2023-24 Red Leaves Express provided by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department is ready! You may wish to make reference to the Red leaves index when planning your visit and don't forget to take note of the Special Traffic News disseminated by the Transport Department before setting off your trip. Location of the Red Leaves: Sweet Gum WoodsMap: Tai Tong Shan RoadTransport InformationTake MTR bus route no. K66 at MTR Long Ping Station / Yuen Long Town or red minibuses at Hung Min Court and get off at Tai Tong Shan Road bus station. Walk along Tai Tong Shan Road uphill for about 60 minutes to reach Sweet Gum Woods. (*Please take note of the special traffic news from the Transport Department before setting off.) Special Traffic ArrangementMTR will operate a special service on Route K66A on 2.12.2023, and on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays between 3.12.2022 and 15.1.2023, from Long Ping Station to Tai Tong Shan Road (near pavilion) (MTR Hotline: 2881 8888). Road ClosureThe section of Tai Tong Shan Road between the Pavilion and Tai Tong Shan Road Car Park will be intermittently closed to all vehicular traffic from about 7.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. daily on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 2 December 2023 (Saturday) to 14 January 2024 (Sunday).Points to note:1) The forest track is for everyone. Safety comes first. Watch out for vehicles/bicycles.2) Share the natural scenery, refrain from stepping on or picking plants.3) Keep country parks clean. There's no bin along the trail to Sweet Gum Woods . Please take your litter home.4) Reduce waste, bring along reusable water bottle, cutlery and towel.