I'm always surprised by how relaxing and enjoyable Sha Tin Park can be, especially after enduring the maddening crowds of New Town Plaza Mall just beside the park.
One of the things I like about the Sha Tin Park are the traditional Chinese style gardens which are situated around this large 8 hectre public space. Opening hours 6.30am to 11pm daily.
There is an enclosed Walled Garden which is accessed by two traditional Moon Gate entrances. Within are four trellis pavilions, landscaped shrubs and a fair variety of flowering plants. There are park benches, usually available when I pass by. The wall does a great job of keeping out traffic noise. As such, this is one of those rare places, in the heart of a busy city, that is actually quiet. You can hear birds chirping and nothing else. Just magic here in Hong Kong.
The North and South Garden are also nice to visit, featuring traditional architecture in the forum of pavilion buildings, bridges and ponds with koy fish and turtles. You will often find locals practicing tai chi here in the early mornings. Again, this is a tranquil place to sit, read the paper and just appreciate those moments of quietness that elude the rest of the day.
Note: The Sha Tin Park runs up against the Shing Mun River (really just a canal) where you find a walking, jogging and biking path. There is a kiosk and refreshment stand and quite a few shaded seats. This can make for a nice place for a break or to rest if you want to see more activity taking place in the park during your visit.
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