Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Calming Urban Retreat

In Tsim Sha Tsui there is a small place to escape the hectic city life and have a bit of tranquility not too far away.

It's called Kowloon Park and I recently went in there for the first time despite having passed it many times in the years I lived here before. While it's seems smaller than Hong Kong Park up from Admiralty, Kowloon Park is more compact, but can quickly transport park patrons to another world.

The noise level of the buses, cars, and loud voices gradually decreases as you walk deeper into the park. Interestingly near the entrance is a department of hygiene; why it's there I have no idea.

All kinds of people hang out at this park -- young lovers, the elderly, children with their parents and those seeking a bit of alone time.

In the middle of the park is a giant fountain and in the summer it helps cool down the place as well as the surrounding trees offering shade.

It's a relatively quiet place, though the park is highly programmed, making it difficult for people to be more creative in using the space. They are either expected to walk on the paths or sit on the benches, with not much room in between for much else.

Nevertheless, when enough time in tranquility has passed, people can ease back into the frenetic pace of Hong Kong as they walk out of the park.

It's just good to know there's an escape valve nearby to collect your senses or take a breather.
We all need one of those once in a while.

2 comments:

  1. i have to visit it next time i am in hong kong to get a hands on experience.

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  2. Yea, it's a nice place. Hong Kong needs more spaces like that, and definitely more trees!

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