Spreading across the foothills and slopes of Hong Kong’s highest mountain Tai Mo Shan Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden is an ideal place for a family outing where you can learn about city biodiversity along with its protection steps. The complete project is spread over an area of about 148 hectares. Every year millions of tourists from all over the world plan their trip to this garden. They get relief from the hustle and bustle of life. The city is famous as busy with a constant flow of noise, but outside the city almost nine kilometers away heaven is waiting for you.
The reason behind its uniqueness is that it’s not only a garden but also a complete set of natural attractions. Forming terraces and native forests at the base of Kwun Yum Shan, which is an 1800-foot-tall mountain are also here.
A Brief History of Kadoorie Farm
Established in 1956 by the Kadoorie Agricultural Aid Association, the farm was initially a training center for farmers. Over the years, it evolved into a world-class botanic garden, educational buildings, and walking trails dedicated to the conservation of local flora and fauna. Gunter Fischer who was a director at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden interviewed about how farming and gardening work together. He explained that the heritage of their aid continues to help farmers and families that are impoverished. The garden educates its visitors on sustainable living and is a big source for the future. You can explore here the combination of gardening and farming and how conservation has an impact on plant biodiversity.
Those hiking seekers tourists will find many scenic trails here among the lush green tall trees. From beginners to seasoned trekkers, these trails cater to all levels of hikers. As you start hiking, you’ll be rewarded with stunning vistas of the surrounding landscape. Three suggested walking routes are offered.
- The first one is a little fish loop that is 4.38 kilometers long through the lush green tall trees of the forest. The longest hiking trail, so be prepared i.e. proper hiking shoes, water bottle, sunglasses, etc. You should hike continuously for 2-3 hours.
- The second is a woodland loop that is almost 1.85 kilometers long. This route is short passing through Monkey Heaven and provides stunning views over the waterfalls.
- The third one is the Sky loop which is the highest one without providing a worthwhile view along the way up. The route is rough and the best one to experience hiking.
The garden is not just a forming or gardening place but also a magical sight for picnic purposes. So, before starting your journey towards Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden fill your baskets with eatables. The garden offers almost six picnic destinations.
- The Plaza is the first picnic place among the lush green cucumber trees. Don’t forget to take Snape with a sculpture of Sir Horace Kadoorie the founder of this garden. Especially children and orchid lovers.
- Art House is that awesome picnic place where tourists will find seats and tables under the shade of green tall trees. Here you will find art created by the tourists. If you are also an art lover, don’t forget to carry material for art designing.
Dragon Pavilion and Little Falls, one of the unique places in Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden. The stream beside the pavilion gets converted into a cascading torrent of water splashing over the rocks and pools by the heavy rain. Just above the falls, hills, and a small maze of paths, lies a more charming picnic site for tourists.
Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden place is a sanctuary for both nature and the human spirit. It’s a haven where you can connect with the natural world, learn about conservation, and find peace in the midst of Hong Kong’s bustling pace. So, whether you’re a seasoned environmentalist or someone looking for a day of tranquility, Kadoorie Farm welcomes you with open arms.