The Hong Kong Wetland Park is situated in the northern part of Tin Shui Wai (New Territories). If you are a nature lover or just want to get a few hours away from the noisy, hectic and bustling streets of Hong Kong downtown area, this is made for you. The world-class ecotourism facilities of the Hong Kong Wetland Park include more than 60 hectare Wetland Reserve, a 10,000 square meter visitor center as well as the Wetland Interactive World.
The main purpose of the Hong Kong Wetland Park is to promote green tourism as well as education on environmental protection and conservation of the wetland area. Make sure to check out the themed exhibition galleries inside the visitor center. They are nicely set up and show the importance of the wetland and raise the awareness of conserving and protecting the environment and biodiversity. Many teachers will take their students to the Hong Kong Wetland Park not only due to the Wetland Reserve, but also to the interesting designed Wetland Interactive World facilities.
The Wetland Reserve is designed as a “hands-on” experience. Walkways will lead you to different facilities such as the Stream Walk, Mangrove Boardwalk, a fish pond, mudflat and three Bird Hides. This different walks give you the opportunity to experience the wide array of the wetland wildlife. Make sure to take a look at the Mangrove Boardwalk where you can enjoy such unique animals such as the mudskippers, snails and the lively fiddler crabs. The three Bird Hides are a great place to sit down and watch the different kinds of birds in the Wetland Reserve. Keep your eyes open to enjoy the wide variety of birds, dragonflies, butterflies, amphibians, mammals, reptiles and fish. You are able to encounter more than 235 different species of birds, 50 different kinds of dragonflies and more than 150 different butterflies. In addition, the Hong Kong Wetland Park is the home of more than 20 different species of fish, 23 species of reptiles, 9 species of amphibians and 11 species of mammals.
The Hong Kong Wetland Park is a whole-year-attraction. Due to this wide variety of species there is no single best time for wildlife-watching. If you are a bird lover, the best time to visit the park is probably between October and April (due to the migration of birds during this time). If you are here during the summer months, you will have a great chance to experience and discover all sorts of dragonflies and butterflies. In addition, you can see the skyline of Shenzhen not only on clear and sunny days due to its proximity to Mainland China.
Another attraction you should not miss is “Pui Pui”. “Pui Pui” is a salt-water crocodile and was found in the Shan Pui River in the North West of the New Territories on November 2nd, 2003. Hong Kong has never been the home of wild crocodiles and it still remains unclear where “Pui Pui” came from (it is speculated that “Pui Pui” escaped from her owner’s home or simply dumped into the river). Salt-water crocodiles can usually be found in Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines, Indonesia or North West Australia. Due to these facts and sudden appearance in a Hong Kong river “Pui Pui” became in the spotlight of the media and became one of Hong Kong’s celebrities. “Pui Pui’ became so popular that the Hong Kong Wetland Park decided to install a webcam. If you are interested to watch “Pui Pui” online, you can click the link.
Some important piece of advice:
The Hong Kong Wetland Park is an outside attraction. Like any nature or outside activity be prepared for mosquitoes and bugs. We at Next Stop Hong Kong recommend you to wear long pants (even on hot and humid days) or prepare enough mosquitoes repellant in order not to be eaten up by them. In addition, it’s a good idea to take sun lotion, sun glasses or even an umbrella with you to guard you against the strong UV light. Make sure to take plenty of water as well as some snacks or sandwiches with you. There are not too many options to dine inside the Hong Kong Wetland Park. Currently, there is only one catering services inside the park namely the local fast food chain “Café-de-Coral”. They do sell food and beverages, but their menu and choices are quite limited (although I have to admit that their pricing structure is very fair comparing them with other major theme parks here in Hong Kong). There are also several vending machines inside the visitor center which provide you with water and all kinds of soft-drinks, teas and juices in case you run out of sufficient water supply.
10:00am-5:00pm (Monday, Wednesday-Sunday, Public Holidays)
Closed on Tuesdays!
Single-Entry Ticket for an adult is HK$ 30. Tickets for children (age 3-below 18), students and seniors (age above 65) are HK$ 15. Children below the age of 3 are free of charge.
Multi-Entry Pass is valid for either full year (HK$ 100 for adult) or half year (HK$ 50). It allows you to visit the park unlimited time during the valid period. The price for children, students and seniors are half of the original prices.
Here you can to purchase the tickets of Hong Kong Wetland Park online.
How to Get to Hong Kong Wetland Park:
From Shenzhen: If you coming from the Lo Wu/Lok Ma Chau border take the MTR train to Sheung Shui station (approx. 7 minutes/fare around HK $ 25). Exit the station through Exit A2, walk down the stairs and cross the street. There is the Bus Stop for Bus No. 276B. The Bus will take you directly to the Hong Kong Wetland Park. Traveling time is about 35 minutes and fare for a single-journey is about HK$ 10. If you are coming from the Lok Ma Chau border crossing, you can take the Bus 276B already after the Lok Ma Chau border crossing (the fare for a single trip is the same, but you do save some time due to the fact that you don’t need to travel to Sheung Shui first). When you arrive at the Hong Kong Wetland Park Station you need to cross the road and follow the signs towards the park entrance. It’s about a five minute walk.
From the Airport: Take Bus No. E34 to the Tin Shui Wai Town Center. Traveling time is approx. 90 minutes and fare for a single-journey is about HK$ 15. When you arrive at Tin Shui Wai you can take any MTR Light Rail 705 or 706. Both will take you to the Hong Kong Wetland Park. Fare for a single-journey ticket is about HK$ 5..
By MTR: Take or transfer to the MTR subway or East Railline until you get to Tsing Yi station. Exit the MTR station through Exit A1 and take Bus No. 264M. Fare for a single-trip journey is about HK$ 12 and traveling time is approx. 60 minutes. Get off at the Hong Kong Wetland park station.
Alternatively, you can travel to Admiralty by MTR and take the Citybus No. 967 (the bus station is located on Drake Street outside the iconic Lippo Center). Traveling time is approx. 60 minutes and fare for a single-trip journey is about HK$ 23. Get off at the Hong Kong Wetland Park.
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