Parked in a Park
Cement-and-steel sequoias aren’t the only trees growing in Hong Kong. Apart from large, lush tracts of land, sea and mountains lying just beyond the horizontal and vertical urban sprawl, Hong Kong cares for its many parks, which often hark back to british sensibilities and the colonial age. Although not the oldest park, and certainly lacking Victorian architecture, Kowloon Park mirrors the imperial parks of St. James and Hyde in providing a multitude of separate attractions and institutions on its grounds. A sports centre, an aviary, a chinese garden, old British artillery positions and one of Hong Kong’s main mosques dot the landscape. It provides a much-needed respite from the city’s sights and sounds, right in the middle of bustling Tsim Sha Tsui.