Finally, this Easter, I was able to tick it off my list! It was a very hot Sunday when we went and visited the Wetland Park and of course, it was very busy. In fact, it was so busy that we hardly saw any birds. The sheer volume of people must have scared them away! Plus the facts that it was the middle of the day and quiet hot did not help. Still, we had a nice time visiting this green oasis in midst a residential area.
There are five galleries in the 10,000 square meters Visitor Centre showing you different aspects of wetlands. But they were too busy for us to explore.
We skipped the indoor exhibition area and went straight for the outdoor exhibits. There were three different areas/walks to choose from, and they are all stroller friendly (except for the section with the mangroves – but there is a way around it). You can walk through all three sections (Stream Walk, Succession Walk, Wildside Walk) and once you’ve done that, you’ve walked across the whole (visitor-accessible) area of the wetland park. Here is a map of the park.
There are different viewing points – and each one is a hidden lookout point (with different levels – there are steps to reach the second floor) from which you can observe the birds in their natural habitat.
We spent about 2 hours in the park, but you can easily spend a whole day there – I would just recommend to go during the week as it was way too busy when we went. Note to myself, never go on a public holiday!
There is plenty of information about the ecosystem of the Hong Kong wetlands and you don’t have to be a birdwatcher to enjoy the lookout points and walks – there are plenty of other animals including a crocodile and lots of butterflies too.
The wetland park is located at the northern part of Tin Shui Wai in the New Territories. We took the bus 987 from Admiralty to the park, but there are several other public transport options too. The park is open from 10am to 5pm every day except Tuesday and the entrance is very affordable with 30 HKD for adults and 15 HKD for seniors/children.