Hong Kong Wetland Park is another wonderful natural park with world-class ecotourism facilities in the midst of a busy life and skyscrapers of the city. The wetland park in Hong Kong aims to promote green tourism and education about the wetland conversation and environment protection. The wetland park covers an area of around 10,000 Square meters and a 60-hectare park is built within this area to create a wonderful wildlife environment for its habitant animals and birds.
Hong Kong Wetland Park also has a Wetland Interactive World where it offers themed exhibitions to the visitors. It also has exhibition galleries, a theater, and a souvenir shop to entertain and educate the tourists. The Wetland Discovery Center lets the tourists to encounter a vast variety of wetland creatures and birds. The other amazing facilities at the park are Stream Walk, Mangrove Boardwalk and the three Bird Hides. The park was opened in May of 2006 and houses various species of mammals, reptiles, amphibian animals and birds.
How to Reach Hong Kong Wetland Park
You can reach the park by MTR at the Tin Sau Station or the Hong Kong Wetland Park MTR. It is an easy 5-minutes-walk from the station to the park. You can also take bus no 967 from the exit B of MTR Admiralty Station or Bus no 276B from the Exit C of MTR Sheung Shui Station. Either you come by train or bus, the Hong Kong Wetland Park is at 5-minutes’ walk.
The park stays open all year long and is equally entertaining in all the seasons of the year. The bird watching experience is more amazing in the months of October to April because this is the bird migration season. The entrée for children less than 3 years old is free for the park and adults can either buy tickets from the ticket station at the park or online through the official website of the park. You can also download maps of the park from their official tourism website.
7 Things to Do at Hong Kong Wetland Park
Pui Pui the Saltwater Crocodile in Hong Kong
Pui Pui is a famous saltwater crocodile that was found in the Shan Pui River in the North West New territories of Hong Kong in 2003. No-one knows how she landed in the Shan Pui River, but the crocodile was caught by AFCD after 7 months of efforts. That is why the crocodile became famous in Hong Kong and was named Pui Pui after a territory wide naming contest. Pui means “the precious one” and as the crocodile was also found at the Shan Pui River so the name Pui Pui was finalized.
Pui Pui was moved to the Wetland Park in 2006 and was kept indoors initially to observe her. After some time, she was released to the external pool area after making sure everything was in order to make her feel comfortable. She is provided with a 72-square-meter outdoor enclosure area which is equipped with infra-red heaters, a heat pad, a pool, and a weighing scale. Visitors can watch this local celebrity in the park on their visit and admire the nice efforts done by the park to provide a healthy and comfortable living environment to the crocodile.
Bird Watching in Hong Kong Wetland Park
One of the amazing things to enjoy at the Hong Kong Wetland Park is to watch the lovely birds. There are three bird hides in the park called Riverside Hide, Fishpond Hide and Mudflat hide. These hides are equipped with field guides and telescopes. You can get the map at the entrance or download from the official website and this map will take you to these hides easily. You will love the variety of the birds found in this park that include Chinese Pond Heron, Yellow Bittern, Northern Pintail, Eastern Great Egret, and many others. As mentioned above, October to April is the migration season of the birds and is the best time for birdwatching here.
There are 5 major exhibition galleries which are located within the premises of the park. These galleries educate visitors about the various aspects of the wetlands, its diversity and civilization. These are one of the best places to take your children because they can learn about the wildlife and avian life of the wetlands in a fun and entertaining way.
Indoor Swamp in Hong Kong Wetland Park
This artificial indoor swamp is specially designed for the children to entertain and educate them. The swamp area is filled with a variety of obstacles and challenges that highly attract the children. The children must be between 1 to 1.5 meters of height and must be accompanied by their parents or guardians.
Animals of Hong Kong Wetland Park
There are many other animals at this park which is not only going to surprise you but entertain you as well because you might not be expecting them there. You already know about Pui Pui but there are more amphibians, reptiles, and wild animals present at the park. You can see mouse deer, frogs, newts, and various other creatures.
Butterfly Garden in Hong Kong Wetland Park
There is a beautiful Butterfly Garden on the Wild-Side walk of the park that houses around 150 species of butterflies. The butterfly garden has more than 60 species of food and nectar plants over the area of 2000 meter square which is ideal to attract and to provide food and shelter to butterflies. This environment provides comfort to the butterflies and an amazing view for the tourists who get mesmerized by this amazing experience. The garden also displays information about various butterfly species and the conservation processes through information panels.
This is one of the nicest experiences that you can enjoy at the wetland park in Hong Kong. This mangrove boardwalk is an amazing way to see the adaptations made by plants and animals who live in the park. You can walk on this floating board and get close to the mangroves and learn more about their species. You might encounter some unique animals in these mangroves such as fiddler crabs, snails, mudskippers, etc.
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