I wake up early with a spring in my step and hop onto the subway at Yau Ma Tei bound for Admiralty station on Hong Kong Island. Notice the frog puns I used in the last sentence? They are relevant not because of last night's meal, but todays drizzly rain is perfect amphibian weather. My destination ... Hong Kong Park, which is only a short walk from Admiralty station. It is easy to navigate from the station (despite the hordes of commuters) as signs point you to the exit required for different tourist attractions. Once above ground pink signs also point in the direction required to reach Hong Kong Park.
Hong Kong Park sits on a site which formally housed a garrison named Victoria Barracks. In 1979 the government decided to redevelop part of the garrison into a park and in May 1991 the 8 hectare Hong Kong Park was officially opened. Some of the original garrison buildings are still present, including Flagstaff House (now the Museum of Tea Ware) which was the residence of the Commander-in-Chief of the British Armed Forces. Hong Kong Park is an urban oasis of green and is a great spot to view the towering skyscrapers of the famous Hong Kong skyline.
I enter Hong Kong Park at the east-west corner and head directly to the Forsgate Conservatory through Fountain Plaza. On my way to the Forsgate Conservatory I capture my first glimpse of the Bank of China Tower, one of the most recognizable skyscrapers of the famous Hong Kong skyline.