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Your ultimate guide to the best waterfront parks in Hong Kong

By Alisa Chau 18 February 2022

Header image courtesy of Hanohiki (via Shutterstock)

As much as we love hiking, finding the time to commit to a long trek is not always what the occasion calls for. An easy alternative that offers up equally stunning views—the ones tapering out to sea—are waterfront spaces, which are plentiful in multiple urban corners of Hong Kong. 

Whether you are simply strolling solo to find your own moment of peace for the day or bringing along the whole family for a chilled day out, these waterside spots provide the best vibes.

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Belcher Bay Harbourfront Space, Kennedy Town

It’s hard to believe that this revitalised space was once a public cargo docking area packed with metal ports and pounding lading noises. Sweeping out across Victoria Harbour, the open space covers up to almost 6,000 square metres with a tapering wooden boardwalk leading the way. A multipurpose venue, you will find skaters and kids swinging on a colourful playground, as well as seats made from reclaimed pallets and planked wood dotted all over.

Unlike many other public spaces, the area allows for leashed pets to roam, even dedicating a corner as a pet zone. Another special feature is the 2,000-square-metre community garden that hosts hydroponic and aquaponic crops and organic produce, one of the first urban leisure farms in Hong Kong to combine the three. Aside from making the most out of all the different facilities, keep your eyes peeled for art installations and gardening classes.

How to get there:
  1. Take the Island line to Kennedy Town Station (Exit B).
  2. Head down North Street, then along Catchick Street until you reach the Praya.
  3. Head down along Belcher Bay Park until you reach the promenade.

Cyberport Waterfront Park, Pok Fu Lam

In a pocket of the Southern District stretching out to meet the waters of Telegraph Bay, this dog-friendly park is a secluded yet broad space of flat greens. Perfect for a picnic, revel in the brilliant viewpoint that reaches as far as Lamma Island, as well as the soothing winds that brush across to meet the occupants of its well-maintained grass plots.

How to get there:
  1. Take the South Island line to Wong Chuk Hang Station (Exit B).
  2. Head along Nam Long Shan Road towards the bus stop at Wong Chuk Hang Road.
  3. Take bus 73 in the direction of Cyberport, ride until the final stop at Cyberport.
  4. Cut through the Cyberport Shopping Mall to get to the promenade.

East Coast Park Precinct, Fortress Hill

A vibrant attraction on the sunrise side of Hong Kong Island, this splash of colour constitutes a part of the area’s ongoing expansion of public facilities by the harbour. Brimming with bright blues, delightful oranges, and burning yellows, the waterfront park of the East Coast Park Precinct debuted with an expansive 9,800-square-metre area for all to rest and play.

Weaving past the children’s play equipment is a small cycling trail, and off to the sides is a long pier-like strip that allows for surrounding views of Victoria Harbour that is quite rare to come by. Find out more about the East Coast Park Precinct here.

How to get there:
  1. Take the Island line to Fortress Hill Station (Exit B).
  2. Head towards Electric Road via Oil Street, turn and head down Watson Road.
  3. Keep heading straight until you reach the promenade.

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HarbourChill, Wan Chai

Like an inviting backyard, the HarbourChill space is 1,800 square metres of fun and relaxation. Replete with animal-shaped furniture, swing chairs, and art installations that are on exhibit for a minimum of six months per rotation, this is a place where you can kick back while being surrounded by an Instagram-friendly backdrop.

Aside from peddling snacks and drinks, the on-site We+ Kiosk also holds collaborations with various local social enterprises to provide cutesy souvenirs and other goodies for sale.

How to get there:
  1. Take bus 25A and get off at Wan Chai Temporary Public Transport Interchange.
  2. Head down towards the Wan Chai Temporary Promenade.

Hoi Fai Road Promenade, Olympic

Covering an expanse of around 4,000 square metres, the Hoi Fai Road Promenade lines the boundaries of the suburbs of Olympic in the Tai Kok Tsui neighbourhood. Along the way lies an alternating pattern of grass lawns intercut with benches framed under angled white beams, which light up in the evening and look as though they could double as modern art sculptures. Aside from fewer crowds and an updated glass-roofed rain shelter design, another merit of the space is its fantastic panoramas.

How to get there:
  1. Take the Tung Chung line to Olympic Station (Exit A1).
  2. Cut through Olympian City towards Hoi Fai Road.
  3. Keep heading down until you reach the Hoi Fai Road Promenade.
Photo: hanohiki (via Shutterstock)

Hung Hom Promenade, Hung Hom

Urban explorers will be thrilled by the four-kilometre path that runs beside the Hung Hom Pier. Its reach spans all the way between the laddered green lawns in front of the Kerry Hotel to the terracotta-tiled boulevard that is never short of wandering families and joggers. Arguably the best time to head over is during sunset, as the space allows for golden hour to bleed beautifully across the whole horizon in its full range of hues.

How to get there:
  1. Take bus 115 and get off at Whampoa Garden Bus Terminus.
  2. Head down Shung King Street.
  3. Turn down Hung Luen Road in the direction of Hung Hom Pier.
  4. Once you reach the pier, keep along the water until you reach Hung Hom Promenade.

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Kwun Tong Promenade, Kwun Tong

Formerly a recycling depot that has been completely transformed into a hip harbourside space, the Kwun Tong Promenade is one that melds together concepts of sustainability, history, as well as the arts. Taking inspiration from its past as a container port, one of the main attractions features a multilevel tower of colourful light blocks, alongside viewing platforms, sheltered seating, as well as fitness and play facilities under the giant bypass.

Gaze across the waters to look out to the also-revamped Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, alongside bits and pieces of the Whampoa, Quarry Bay, and North Point neighbourhoods further out.

How to get there:
  1. Take the Kwun Tong line to Kwun Tong Station (Exit C1).
  2. Head to the bus stop on Hip Wo Street, take minibus 22A.
  3. Get off at Seaview Centre, the Kwun Tong Promenade is just ahead.

Quarry Bay Park Phase I, Quarry Bay

Although the Quarry Bay Park is separated by a pedestrian flyover, the 100,000-square-metre space encompasses many sporting pitches, a serene tai chi garden, children’s playgrounds, and also a special gallery in a retired fireboat. Hoisted right in the middle concourse, the Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery utilises the body of the authentic boat itself to showcase a treasure trove of old firefighting artefacts, as well as an introduction to the history of marine rescue work in Hong Kong.

How to get there:
  1. Take the tram to Java Road.
  2. Make your way down Hoi Yu Street.
  3. Head down along the Island Eastern Corridor.
  4. Walk until you reach the Quarry Bay Promenade.
Photo: Wing1990hk (via Wikipedia Commons)

South Horizons Garden, South Horizons

What once occupied a little corner of the Southern District as an oil depot surrounded by rural hillside village houses and bay farmlands, South Horizons had since developed into the sleek residential pocket that it is today. Aside from admiring the languid boats pulling in and out of the Aberdeen Harbour, the stretch also affords you gorgeous views reaching Lamma Island, Lantau Island, Cyberport, and the southern waterfronts of the Island.

How to get there:
  1. Take the South Island line to South Horizons Station (Exit B).
  2. Head past the housing estate towards the promenade.

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Tai Po Waterfront Park, Tai Po

A hit weekend destination in the New Territories not too far from urban sprawl, the Tai Po Waterfront Park offers up over 200,000 square metres of calm. Starring an impressive fixture amongst the lush greens and slithering cycling tracks, the Lookout Tower is one that grants a wide-reaching overview of the Tolo Harbour and the park’s gorgeous gardens.

Explore the varied facilities that include beautifully maintained flower plots, a herb garden, an educational insect house, and even a model boat pool.

How to get there:
  1. Take the East Rail line to Tai Po Market Station.
  2. Head to the Tai Po Market Station Bus Terminus.
  3. Take minibus 20K in the direction of Sam Mun Tsai, get off at Dai Kwai Street.
  4. Follow straight ahead along Dai Kwai Street until you reach the Tai Po waterfront.

Tamar Park, Admiralty

Giving a full view of the Central Government Offices and the Legislative Council Complex on one side and Victoria Harbour on the other, the spacious bowling greens of Tamar Park contrast against levelled platforms to provide a space that joins concrete and glass with greenery. Covering an area of about 17,600 square metres, the manicured landscape has played many a part in serving as the city centre’s favourite outdoor multipurpose venue.

How to get there:
  1. Take the Island line to Admiralty Station (Exit A).
  2. Go along the overpass, past the Central Government Offices and LegCo Complex.
  3. Walk until you reach Tamar Park.

Tseung Kwan O Waterfront Park, Tseung Kwan O

Interlinking the sleepy Tseung Kwan O area with neighbouring Tiu Keng Leng and Lohas Park is the Tseung Kwan O Waterfront Park, a picturesque alcove that rounds out to become Junk Bay. Aside from the fantastic front-seat visuals of Eastern Hong Kong Island, the promenade is fully stocked with cafés and eateries, with the occasional jogger or skater speeding past. Off to the side is the Wan Po Road Pet Garden, a modestly-sized paradise where your furry friends can roam off-leash and meet other dogs to play with.

How to get there:
  1. Take the Tseung Kwan O line to Tseung Kwan O Station (Exit B1).
  2. Head straight down along Tong Yin Street until you reach the promenade.

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Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Tsim Sha Tsui

Bookended by the dazzling biomimicry-inspired K11 Musea mall and the boxy Hong Kong Museum of Art, the stretch of waterside bliss along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade is a consistent contender on the list of Hong Kong’s most iconic sites. Find your own slice of relaxation between the eager tourists seeking out the Bruce Lee statue, the cheery families admiring the nightly light show together, and the sunset-chasing photographers.

How to get there:
  1. Take the Tsuen Wan line to Tsim Sha Tsui Station.
  2. Walk to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station for Exit P1.
  3. Head down Mody Road and turn down towards Avenue of Stars.
  4. Walk until you reach the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.
Photo: WiNG (via Wikipedia Commons)

Tsing Yi Northeast Park, Tsing Yi

A collection of two sporting pitches, an elderly fitness corner, a mini boat zone, a children’s playground, and even a skate park, the Tsing Yi Northeast Park is an underrated gem on the boundary of the island. Surrounded by the comforts of suburban Tsing Yi, with the gargantuan Maritime Square mall a quick gander away, enjoy gazing out and catching sight of the stunning cityscape out in the not-so-far distance.

How to get there:
  1. Take the Tung Chung line to Tsing Yi Station (Exit A1).
  2. Head to the bus stop and take minibus 88A, get off at Cheung On Estate.
  3. Head down Tam Kon Shan Road until you reach the park.
Photo: West Kowloon Cultural District

West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade and Art Park, West Kowloon

The emerald heart of the West Kowloon Cultural District, the Art Park and its adjacent Waterfront Promenade make for two perfect spots to fully soak in the relaxed ambience that seeps through the area. A popular place for picnicking, hanging out with pets, and gliding past on wheels, it has quickly become one of Hong Kong’s favourite spots to chill.

Marvel at the broad and all-encompassing view of the Victoria Harbour that stretches all across the Island side, with front-row seats to the sun sending out its final glints of gold over the calm blue waters. For a full guide on restaurants, cafés, things to do, and places to visit in the West Kowloon Cultural District, check out our complete guide here.

How to get there:
  1. Take the Tung Chung line to Kowloon Station (Exit E3).
  2. Head towards the minibus stop at Nga Cheung Road (Western Habour Crossing).
  3. Take minibus 74D and ride to the final stop at Art Park.
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Alisa Chau

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Always down for an adventure, Alisa’s general approach to life (and anything, really) is to “just go with the flow.” She believes that the most unforgettable moments are the most spontaneous ones. One thing she will always be certain of, however, is her love for the band My Chemical Romance and potato-based food.

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