Named I presume for the large statue of a seated Queen Victoria the Victoria Park in Causeway Bay is one of the most important parks in Hong Kong. Right next to a busy shopping area and across the road from the Central Library on one hand side and the Victoria Harbour on the other it has a very good location.
Although a small park by the standards of western cities it still manages to cram in a number of interesting areas. The part that most people in HK are most familiar with is the six large concrete football (soccer) pitches which are turned into a ground for special events.
The CNY Fair is held here every year and attracts people from all over Hong Kong. The HK Brands and Products Expo is another yearly attraction as is the Hong Kong Flower show.
To many people Victoria Park is where you go to attend one of these or even
the occasional political rally. However there is much more to the park
than these, the event area covers only about a quarter of the park area
with the remaining offering leisure and sports facilities.
Try walking past the boating lake, where serious remote control boat enthusiasts try out their latest models, and go up the path to Hill Knoll Pavilion which, while only a small artificial hill, raises you above the city and gives you a nice sense of peace and quiet.
If you have kids with you then don't miss out on the two separate playgrounds which should keep them occupied for some time. And should you be there early in the morning look out for Tai Chi groups doing their morning exercises, either at the edge of the large central lawn or at the band stand near the park cafe.
The park features tennis courts, bowling greens and a swimming pool complex of four pools (including a kids and a paddling pool).
If you want to eat in the park then there is a nice cafe next to the central lawn that sells Thai based fast foods. It is good enough for a light dinner, though unfortunately the mosquitoes tend to come out and have their dinner as well! You should manage ok there with English only.
There is also a real, though basic, restaurant inside the swimming pool building. It serves Hong Kong style Chinese seafood and standard dishes. But are most famous for their flaming rack of lamb dish which has fire inside the serving dish on your table! It is probably take a friend who can read Chinese with you if you want to dine in the pool restaurant.
On Sundays the entrance area of the park becomes and Indonesian echo of the Filipino gathering is Statue Square. Indonesian domestic helpers, of whom there are a large number in Hong Kong, gather to be with their friends. Given that they are mostly Muslim you won't see the bible wielding preachers here that are common place in Statue Square. Friends gathering and plenty of good eats are more on the schedule as Indonesian domestic helpers bring their home cooked meals to share with in picnics.
And if they have forgotten some special foods there is an Indonesian supermarket just across the road from the park entrance!
The park is open 24 hours and is free to enter.
The best way to approach the park is via MTR, typically from the Causeway Bay station. However as the park actually spans the whole distance from causeway Bay to Tin Hau you can actually consider taking the train to Tin Hau, exiting via exit A1 and walking through the park all the way back to Causeway Bay.
After visiting the park the sights of Causeway Bay, main shopping, would probably be your next stop.
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