The "Hong Kong Cricket Club" used to be located on the grounds of the "Charter Gardens". In 1978, the club was relocated to the "Happy Valley" and the "Charter Garden" was created. The modern garden with many water surfaces was named after Sir Paul Charter a British businessman.
Even though Hong Kong Island is one of the most densely populated places in the world, large parts of the island are covered by forrests. From the mountain station of the "Peak Tram" you can climb the 552 m high "Victoria Peak" on a 2 km long hiking trail.
The Kowloon district is the loudest and most chaotic district in Hong Kong and yet, right on the famous "Nathan Road" you'll find a large park that looks like a green oasis. The "Kowloon Park" has shaded spaces surrounded by modern high-rise buildings. The park is located on a hill above the road level.
The "Garden of Good Wishes" at Wong Tai Sin Temple has of many elements of classical Chinese gardens. Zigzag bridges prevent the evil spirits from crossing the water. Fabulous creatures and other animals from the Chinese mythology can be found everywhere in the Daoist temple garden.
Lantau is the largest of Hong Kong's over 200 islands. From the MTR station Tung Chung you can take the cable car over Tung Chung Bay to the village of Ngong Ping. From here you can hike to the 934 m high Lan Tau Peak, the highest peak on the island, or take a path to the south coast of Lantau. The Big Buddha of Lantau with the Po Lin Monastery is also located here.
Nature and gardens in Hong Kong
The warm and humid climate of Hong Kong has created lush vegetation. Due to the mountainous landscape of the islands, only a few areas can be built on and many forest areas have been preserved. Even on "Hong Kong Island" most areas are covered by forest.