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Public Parks in Close Proximity to Wan Chai – Rest & Recreation

Wan Chai is a cosmopolitan area in Hong Kong that offers easy access to many well known parks and gardens. Here are a few such places where you can enjoy a fun day out.


Sun Yat-sen Memorial Park

Named after Sun Yat-sen, who is considered the Republic of China's founding father, the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Park is set beside the waterfront in the area overlooking Victoria Harbour. Easy to reach from centrally located hotels in Wan Chai Hong Kong, this park has some wonderful sports facilities including a couple of basketball courts and a pitch made for 7-a-side soccer. As you explore the park you will come across such features as the Four Desperado Courtyard and what is known as the Chime Tower; this fascinating structure has five bronze bells that in actual fact symbolise Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Five-Power Constitution. Those travelling with kids will be happy to know that there is a play area for children, while visitors wanting to learn more about the park's namesake can head to the close by Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum.


Hong Kong Park

Located in Central, close to the Cotton Tree Drive, Hong Kong Park is an expansive space that blends contemporary design with some beautiful landscape features. Featuring ponds, waterfalls and artificially created rock formations, the park is home to a large aviary where one can see over 80 bird species amidst a rainforest like setting. In fact, every Wednesday one can even join a free and guided bird-watching walk in the morning conducted by the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Other notable features at the Hong Kong Park include the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, historic buildings that date back to the time of the British and the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware. Not to be missed is a chance to head to one of the park's vantage points that provide wonderful vistas of the surrounding cityscape.


Victoria Park

This popular park can be found in the Causeway Bay area and has been named after the United Kingdom's Queen Victoria. Within a 10 minute drive away from properties such as Cosmo Hotel Wan Chai Hong Kong, Victoria Park is well known for offering a range of recreation and sports facilities. One of the highlights is the main tennis court which has been used to host the Hong Kong Open. While you do get other tennis courts here, other sports related facilities include a 50-metre swimming pool built to international standards, football pitches, basketball playing areas and even a bowling green. You will also find pools within the park where one can see people taking remote controlled boats out for as spin, while kids will enjoy spending time at one of the playgrounds here.


Chai Wan Park

Another park where recreation and sporting activities can be enjoyed, the Chai Wan Park is located in the Chai Wan area. One of Hong Kong's largest parks, it offers expansive spaces ideal for a stroll while elements such as a lily pond, fountains and waterfall add to the site's charm. The active type can look forward to enjoying such sports as tennis, basketball and football which can be played at one of its 7-a-side football pitches. There are even fitness stations for those looking to workout and a pool for model boats.

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