Hong Kong Wetland Park and Tsim Bei Tsui

Hong Kong Wetland Park and Tsim Bei Tsui

By National Geographic

The Bird Paradise of Tsim Bei Tsui

A renowned bird watching site, Hong Kong hosts over 500 species of birds. Right by Mai Po Nature Reserve, Hong Kong Wetland Park is great for ecotourism. Come to join a guided tour, followed by walks alongside mangroves and fishponds where migrating birds, including endangered species, often hover.

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Hong Kong Wetland Park
Hong Kong Wetland Park

This 61-hectare Hong Kong Wetland Park provides viewing platforms for visitors to observe the area’s wetland eco-systems. The park — the swamps, the mangroves, and the intertidal zones — is home to a great number of waterfowl, such as black-faced spoonbills and Eurasian kingfishers.

Tsim Bei Tsui
Tsim Bei Tsui

On the edge of Deep Bay, Tsim Bei Tsui’s small lookout and its police post are both ideal for beginning bird-watchers. In winter months, they can observe black-faced spoonbills and northern pintails, among others; white-breasted waterhen are among the birds commonly seen in summer.

Aqueduct Bridge
Aqueduct Bridge

Mudflats and mangroves near the aqueduct bridge are home to various species of migratory waterfowl, especially during winter months. Commonly seen here are shovelers, Eurasian wigeons, grey plovers, and sandpipers.

Fung Lok Wai
Fung Lok Wai

Leftovers from Deep Bay’s fresh-water fishfarms often provide sustenance for migrating birds. Nearby the bay, visitors to Fung Lok Wai’s large fishponds can witness rare eagles and starlings enjoying their morning feasts during breakfast hours.

Trip ideas:

  • Hong Kong Wetland Park organises events and festivals for birdwatching from November to March. For more information about their guided tours, introductory talks, public lectures, workshops, and education sessions, check out www.wetlandpark.gov.hk.
  • Visiting Tsim Bei Tsui at high tide may be the best for birdwatching. Get tide predictions from the Hong Kong Observatory.
  • Don’t feed the wild birds.


This is one of the featured hiking and cycling routes of Great Outdoors Hong Kong 2018–2019. Be sure to check out the others here.

Info
Area:
Yuen Long District
Starting point:
Hong Kong Wetland Park
End point:
Shing Uk Tsuen
Average hiking time:
2.5 hours
Distance:
About 6 km
Refuel:
In the visitor centre of Hong Kong Wetland Park there is a café; drinking water is available. It is best to stock up there before the rest of the walk.
Difficulty:
Easy

Excellent road condition in the park; downhill sections near Tsim Bei Tsui police post followed by level paths. Concrete surfaces in the first half and rough rock surfaces near fishponds.
How to get there
To the starting point:
  • From MTR Tin Shui Wai Station, take LRT 705 to Tin Sau Station.
  • After the park, return by LRT 706 to MTR Tin Shui Wai Station. Take green minibus 35 to Tsim Bei Tsui.
  • Alternatively, take a taxi from the park to Tsim Bei Tsui.
  • From the end point:
    • At Shing Uk Tsuen, under the big fig tree on Fuk Shun Street, take green minibus 74 to MTR Long Ping Station or Yuen Long town centre.
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