Kowloon Park, Hong Kong
I don't know how there can actually be pre-defined categories under a "Off the Beaten Path" section, so I'm forced to lie.... ;)
I'm not going to talk about Kowloon Park (which is near Tsim Sha Tsui station) but about the Kowloon WALLED CITY Park. Although the former is very picturesque in its own right, it can be a little busy.
The Walled City Park is a little further to the North East in what used to be Walled City slums of Kowloon. (Be assured that the slums were decades ago and the neighbourhood is quite safe now.)
The nearest MTR station is Lok Fu. Walking south (downhill) along Junction Road (just to the East of station), the park is about 10-15 minutes walk. The park can also be reached on foot from HK's biggest temple Wong Tai Sin with a good map and a bit more time.
This is a large, serene park that is probably only frequented by people living nearby. Along with pavilions and pagodas, it has nice walking paths, a stream, a pond and a waterfall.
Situated in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon park is a large expense of open space, with gardens, swimming pools & much more. It was intended and still is a refuge for people who want to see nature, or want to escape the busy streets nearby. Though not as beautifully designed as Hong Kong Park, it is a very comfortable place to relax after a whole day of shopping or sightseeing.
we found out about kung fu corner on virtual tourist by another traveler. it was great to see some locals displaying their talent. at the end of the show you are invited on stage to participate in tai chi which was fun.
we found kowloon park easily enough but had a bit of trouble to find kung fu corner so when we finally found it we missed the begining, but enjoyed what we did see.
I think it is on every sunday.
I love watching the people doing Tai-Chi in the early morning in Kowloon Park.
It is a very weel laid out park and provides a pleasant oasis in the middle of Nathan Road.
From my other tips , you may have seen that I love walking and discovering things from street level at walking pace.
The business of Kowloon and the constant building and re-building always fascinates me.I love wandering along laneways adn discovering new shops in Hong Kong. As long as you keep your money well hidden and try to blend in, most people will leave you alone although they are ready to help with directions.
Hong Kong is great
Look at the photo. It's not Central Park in New York but in Hong Kong.
After the burial of the notorious huge slam of Kowloon in 1993, this park has benn landscaped. The area has reborn into a business centre with modern buildings and the beautiful park.
If ur tired of shopping, take a relaxing stroll at Kowlooon Park if u've time. I went there twice during my stay at HK. The park was clean & well-maintained. A popular place amongst the the locals, especially the senior citizens. It's also a scenic place to take photographs there! I recalled there was a pond with plenty of ducks and flamingoes!
A lovely place to spend a few hours. Get there early in the morning to see people doing Tai Ch'i. The aviary park is nice. A nice place to take a stroll when you're ready for a break from the city!
have a shower at the Kowloon Pool while you are shopping around the area if your hotel is too far away..