Firstly, I endorse everything Paul Dodd has said. Good luck fitting it in on a
non-birding family holiday!
I reckon that Tsim Sha Tsui is a great place to stay to get a feel for what's
left of the old Hong Kong. Even though the old Kowloon was finally demolished
in the nineties, you can still venture into Chun King Mansions on Nathan Road
at Tsim Sha Tsui, a bazaar by any other name, and that's also where you'll get
the very best exchange rates from Pakistani-run kiosks. Plenty of eateries
along Cameron Road.
I'll just add that non-birding family walks in both Kowloon Park, behind the
mosque, and Victoria Park on Hong Kong Island can deliver several 'firsts' if
you haven't been to China before - and now the Asian and Eastern Koel are split
too, so even if like me you can't see or hear any difference, you can still
All the best
> Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2009 20:53:15 +1000
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] RFI Hong Kong
> Hi all
> I am visiting Hong Kong for the 1st time in about 10 days from now, and was
> looking for some pointers/hints. I have been doing some research through
> the HK Birding Society website, posted trip reports etc and have a few sites
> in mind but (as with many of my RFIs), I am on a family holiday not a
> birding specific trip, so I need to be mindful of the rest of my family as
> well and squeeze birding in amongst other activities.
> Plans are so far:
> - a visit to the HK Wetland Park (has any body been there and advise of good
> - one or two of the central parks (Kowloon Park, Victoria Park)
> - a trip up "the Peak" - any specific spots to look when up there?
> - normal tourist attractions such as Star Ferry, Aberdeen
> - possibly to Lantau to see the Big Buddha
> - depending on time/weather etc, I may get to Tai Po Kau NR, but I think
> this is highly unlikely (despite this being a good place to go)
> - Please note that my plans do NOT include visiting Mai Po (despite several
> recommendations) as it's the wrong time of year for migrants and dealing
> with permits etc likely to chew up too much time
> We are staying in Tsim Sha Tsui, so Kowloon Park is about 4 blocks away.
> As this is a more than slightly non-Australian RFI, people can reply direct
> to me if they don't want to clog up the forum (although I for one always
> think the more info in the archives the better).
> Tom Wilson
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