Sunday, May 13, 2012

Urban waterfalls of Central

(~1.5 kilometer) 45 minutes if you are not stopping. 2 hours at a leisurely pace.

Difficulty: 0/10. 

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere.

Appreciation: 8/10 for waterfall lovers. Nice urban waterfalls. If you only want to do one, do Hong Kong park. 

Transportation: Take the MTR to Hong Kong Stations. Ends at Central station.

Why it's worth it: 
For whatever reason, you don't want or can't do a real trail but like me, you love waterfalls. Then a casual central stroll might just be the thing.

#1. Inside Exchange square #2, at podium level, you will find a set of escalators with those impressive looking dual waterfalls. Not worth a trip in itself but kinda nice when one just goes by.

#2. In front of the Jardine house's building. 

#3 The Cheung Kong's park. A little oasis in the middle of Central. Very nice an peaceful. There are streams and waterfalls on the top as well as on the westernmost side (by the court of final appeal building)
#4 The waterfalls at Hong Kong Park. Quite impressive (15 or so meters tall). Lots of turtles resting in the sun. The aviary is nice as well. Actually, the whole park is worth a visit.
#5 Overlooking the artificial ponds, on top of the main waterfall, is the conservatory. Nice little falls  as well as various local and exotic plants.

#6 Still in the Hong Kong Park, a few more water features.

#7 Right by the Bank of China, the iconic I.M. Pei designed building, are Feng Shui inspired waterfalls. I wouldn't make a detour for those but if you are in the area...

#8 Chater garden, final stop before getting back on the MTR

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Please, don't litter!

Hiking is about communion with nature. So please pickup after yourself. There's no excuse to leave plastic bags, water bottles or any rubbish on or around the trails; if you managed to bring it, you can manage to bring it back!