Looking for bird watching and other wildlife while you are travelling overseas? Hong Kong Wetland Park is the perfect place for immersing yourself in the wonders of wildlife - a great venue well equipped with a conservation, education and tourism facility.
Located at the northern part of Tin Shui Wai, in Yuen Long, the Wetland Park is accessible by train plus light rail. Owing to the Tin Shui Wai New Town development, the Park was originally to be an ecological mitigation area (EMA) for the wetlands lost. After completing the feasibility study, it was decided to develop a wetland park at the EMA without compromising its intended ecological mitigation functions. In May 2006, the Hong Kong Wetland Park was open to the public, attracting locals and tourists to enjoy the experience.
Showcasing the region's ecosystem and plethora of wildlife, Hong Kong Wetland Park is a fun, interactive and educational centre. Stepping into the entrance of the visitor centre it's amazing to see the gabion wall infills, which are decorated with recycled oyster shells from Lau Fau Shan coast.
The wall of the entrance is decorated with recycled oyster shells
Hong Kong Wetland Park is notably a great bird watching venue, attracting a wide array of species to stop over during migration seasons. When you enter the venue, you can have a quick meal in the restaurant close-by, overlooking one large pond with birds from the windows of the restaurant. Before embarking on your exploration it's worth studying the park map to gain a better understanding of the different attractions and facilities at this 61-hectare park, especially if you are coming along with family of different ages.
There are a few bird watching towers for you to view different species of birds in the distance, using the high-powered telescopes installed on the premises. Since the tower could be packed with visitors, it'd be handy if you simply bring along your binoculars to avoid queuing time.
Overlooking different species of birds from the bird watching tower
There is a pavilion where you can take a rest and recharge yourself before continuing your journey. Even though it was winter time when I visited the park the weather was basically just right. Surrounded by trees covered by red leaves and the fresh water, it was a perfect base for taking a break at the pavilion.
Indeed, there's so much more to see than I thought there would be. Simply relax and enjoy yourself at the park, discovering wonderful things in this lovely place. Walking on the floating bridge was a delightful pleasure - I found a small crab coming out from the muddy land under the bridge (hint: keep an eye on the centre of the photo). I was so lucky to capture this beautiful moment before the tiny crab retreated to the muddy land.
While bird watching is the main activity, it is equally interesting to see butterflies, fishes, aquatic plants and much more in the wetland reserve. With different attractions and facilities, there is something for everyone. Happy exploration.
Different type of aquatic plant and vegetables are grown for the education purpose