If you are a nature lover, Hong Kong has lots to offer. In recent years, the Government has enhanced Hong Kong’s nature nursing and education, and has established many facilities for educating the public and protecting natural habitats. In addition to parks, zoos, gardens and country parks, the Hong Kong Wetland Park was established to demonstrate the diversity of our wetland ecosystem. The park has also become the home of Pui Pui – the alligator that has attained celebrity status in Hong Kong.
Along our seacoast, five marine parks and one marine reserve have been designated. Thanks to these marine parks, precious true mangroves have been preserved. Of the eight true mangroves recorded in Hong Kong, six are located in the Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park.
If you like to walk, there are some walking routes that take you to different locations in the city. The ecotours [Chinese version only], hiking trails and family walks offer different hiking routes around Hong Kong.
If you look carefully, you may find many species of animals and plants on any of these routes. Make sure you check the information on the internet before you start your hike because you would not want to miss seeing any rare species of animals and plants.
Books published by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and the Friends of the Country Parks are good references for countryside activities.
When visiting the countryside, please remember to bring along your mobile phone. There is never 100% mobile network coverage in country parks, so it is a good idea to bring along countryside maps and find out more about staying in touch in country parks.
Do you have overseas friends or relatives visiting Hong Kong but do not know where to go? Here is a tip: most tourists coming here to look for two things - dining and shopping. After all, these are what keep tourists coming back to Hong Kong.
After a good meal and a day of shopping, the real Hong Kong tours begin. Hong Kong has 18 districts. Local tours will introduce different walking routes for tourists to explore the city.