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Kowloon Walled City Park in Hong KongHong Kong is complete eye candy. Everywhere you turn there are vibrant colors, exotic smells and a hum of activity. Besides being a shopping mecca and home to the world’s most inexpensive Michelin starred restaurant (Tim Ho Wan), Hong Kong also boasts a lively night life, exceptionally efficient public transportation system, and plenty of stunning parks to keep even the greenest of thumbs well entertained.

Personally, I am a gardenoholic. In a city of 7.2 million people, nearly all of which are living vertically in high rises, the quite repose and sound of running water emanating from many of Hong Kong’s public parks offers a reticent opportunity to reflect and observe. Most often I’m reflecting on what local taste treat sensation I will dine on next, but who’s counting?…

The Flower Market in Hong KongHands down my two favorite green spaces in Hong Kong are Kowloon Walled City Park and the Nan Lian Gardens at Chi Lin Nunnery. Both are free to enter and if you make a point to visit Kowloon Walled City Park early enough, you will catch groups of locals practicing Tai Chi by the waterfalls. Close to the Chinese New Year celebrations, flag throwing groups also use Kowloon Walled City Park as their rehearsal grounds for the festive parades in which they perform. Nan Lian Gardens houses a pagoda, waterfalls, koi pond, and more manicured trees than a Dr.Happy Valley Races Seuss book. It also pipes in soft music throughout the 3.5 hectares to optimize your relaxation and is home to a vegetarian restaurant with unique dishes focusing on local ingredients.

Visitors to Hong Kong often like to spend some time exploring at least one of the 234 outlying islands which also constitute part of special administrative region of Hong Kong. Generally, western tourists flock to Lantau Island to see the giant seated Buddha and catch the marvelous views from the cable car ride up to the top of the mountain. But if I have free time to go island hopping, my go to is Cheung Chau. Just an hour ferry ride from Hong Kong island, Cheung Chau is where the locals go for some of the best seafood around and fantastic people watching. The whole island can be explored on foot but its also fun to rent bicycles to venture out past the main drag. Hiking trails on the island also offer spectacular seaside views without having to climb too much elevation.

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