How To Throw a Delightful Picnic in Hong Kong
Everyone knows that Hong Kong has a great dining scene, but eating out can get boring. Next time a sunny weekend comes around, why not head to the outdoors and throw a quaint picnic party with your friends? There are actually plenty of picturesque picnic spots around Hong Kong, and picnicking is a great way to enjoy nature without too much physical exertion. Take a look at our guide – we’ll tell you everything you need to know, from what to bring to where to go.
What to bring for your picnic
Nothing is more unpleasant than drinking tepid soda or sitting on wet grass. To keep everyone happy, here’s a checklist of things to bring for the picnic.
Ice packs, condiments, salt & pepper, cups, plates, utensils, serving utensils, cutting knife, napkins, trash bags, moist napkins, blanket and picnic basket
Cutting board, bottle opener, umbrella, small tent
What to eat at your picnic
You can pretty much bring anything to eat at a picnic, but always remember to practice food safety. Food that has been left in warm weather for more than two hours will go bad very quickly. Also, sauces such as mayonnaise or mustard will make sandwiches soggy, which is why it’s best to bring condiments in separately.
If you’re picnicking in Hong Kong, why not pack some local favorites along? Curry fishballs are a staple at Hong Kong parties and gatherings for time immemorial, and they keep well for long stretches of time. Another local classic is cocktail sausages with pineapple, sure to be loved by children and adults alike!
Where to go for your picnic
Jordan Valley Park
No. 71, New Clear Water Bay Road, Kwun Tong.
Formerly a landfill site, Jordan Valley Park is now the largest park in Kwun Tong District. The biggest draw is the radio-controlled model car circuit, which is an internationally recognized circuit for model car racing events. It’s very popular hangout for families during weekends, so make sure you get there bright and early to nab a good spot!
How to access:
The nearest MTR station is Choi Hung Station. Take mini-bus Route No. 54S or bus Route No. 29M at exit A, and get off at Shun Lee Disciplined Services Quarters. The park is a 5-minute walk from there.
West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade
Refresh your mind with a panoramic view of the harbour! The grassy areas at the promenade are ideal picnic areas, and there are many play areas dotted around to amuse the kids. There’s also a jogging path and cycling track, perfect for fitness enthusiasts who want to work off all those extra picnic carbs.
How to access:
The promenade is a 10-minute walk from Kowloon MTR station.
Harcourt Road, Admiralty
Right in front of the new Central Government Offices and Legislative Council Complex, Tamar Park is a grassy open space with a spectacular view of Victoria Harbour. Spend a lazy day under the sun on the well-kept lawns, or frolic in the landscaped gardens and water features.
How to access:
The park is a 5-minute walk away from Admiralty MTR station, or a 15-minute walk away from the Central Piers.
Next week we’ll show you how to make the most delectable and easy dishes in your tiny HK apartment for any picnic!
Jessica Tryde, born in Australia, bred in Taiwan, is a creative English copywriter living in Hong Kong. Her job includes whipping out creative ideas and digital executions. During her spare time, you’ll find her weight lifting in the gym, training for a gladiatorial bloodbath in a Muay Thai class or attempting to perform a yoga pose. If not working out, you’ll find her mingling with the locals at the wet market or reading at a local Hong Kong café.