Chater Garden

Chater Garden, Hong Kong: Address, Chater Garden Reviews: 4/5

Chater Garden
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Mairwen1
By Mairwen1
Tree Walk
Feb 2021
You wouldn’t go out of your way for this small, urban park but if you are already in the area, it is a nice oasis in the centre of a busy city. You also won’t spend a lot of time here so if you are looking for a large park to stroll through or to take kids to, then the Hong Kong Park or the Zoological and Botanical Gardens are better options. Both have extensive grounds with free, family-friendly activities. Chater Gardens is still a very pleasant space. Its main feature is a path that leads through a 'Tree Walk'. It has several water features, including pools, a waterfall and fountains, as well as landscaped gardens, established trees and manicured shrubs, all of which make it a convenient place to take a break if you are nearby. The park was first created in 1975. Before that, the space was home to the Hong Kong Cricket Club. Cricket games were first played here in 1851 and continued for nearly 125 years. Perhaps the most intriguing thing about the park, is the man it commemorates. It is named after the intriguing but somewhat forgotten Sir Catchick Paul Chater, who had a dramatic rags-to-riches story. An Indian-born Armenian who was orphaned at age 7, he arrived in Hong Kong in 1864 with probably not much more than his bags. He managed to secure a bank clerk job, kickstarting what would become an enormously successful career. Through a winning combination of charm, luck, talent and vision went on to become a very influential Hong Kong figure, starting a brokerage firm, financing Hong Kong University and building Hong’s first power station, among other things. He had a hand in many Hong Kong pies and also became an exceedingly generous philanthropist, helping to develop and transform the Central area.

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The area
Neighborhood: Central
When people think of Hong Kong, most imagine movies with famous skyscrapers dominating the skyline. The area widely known as Central is the major financial hub and entertainment district, which truly lives up to the saying, “work hard, play hard.” Bars stay open late into the night and there just happens to be a street party every weekend. Although everything seems to be operating at lightning speed, Central is full of quiet, hidden gems. Nestled between office towers are wet markets and some of the city’s oldest restaurants dating back to the 1960s. Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Retreat from the crowds by exploring beautifully restored historical buildings and even a green oasis of botanical gardens.
How to get there
  • Central • 4 min walk
  • Admiralty • 5 min walk
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,994 contributions
Tree Walk
Feb 2021
You wouldn’t go out of your way for this small, urban park but if you are already in the area, it is a nice oasis in the centre of a busy city. You also won’t spend a lot of time here so if you are looking for a large park to stroll through or to take kids to, then the Hong Kong Park or the Zoological and Botanical Gardens are better options. Both have extensive grounds with free, family-friendly activities.
Chater Gardens is still a very pleasant space. Its main feature is a path that leads through a 'Tree Walk'. It has several water features, including pools, a waterfall and fountains, as well as landscaped gardens, established trees and manicured shrubs, all of which make it a convenient place to take a break if you are nearby.
The park was first created in 1975. Before that, the space was home to the Hong Kong Cricket Club. Cricket games were first played here in 1851 and continued for nearly 125 years.
Perhaps the most intriguing thing about the park, is the man it commemorates. It is named after the intriguing but somewhat forgotten Sir Catchick Paul Chater, who had a dramatic rags-to-riches story. An Indian-born Armenian who was orphaned at age 7, he arrived in Hong Kong in 1864 with probably not much more than his bags. He managed to secure a bank clerk job, kickstarting what would become an enormously successful career. Through a winning combination of charm, luck, talent and vision went on to become a very influential Hong Kong figure, starting a brokerage firm, financing Hong Kong University and building Hong’s first power station, among other things. He had a hand in many Hong Kong pies and also became an exceedingly generous philanthropist, helping to develop and transform the Central area.
Written October 25, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

BradJill
Hong Kong, China139,470 contributions
Fair city park with a dedicated 'tree walk' garden
Jan 2021
Chater Garden is one of the much needed green spaces in the Central District, just outside the Central MTR Station and next to the old LEGCO building. This park was designed and opened to the public in 1978.

This public garden includes a broad open section that is a regular gathering point and put to much use on weekends. The more interesting part of the garden is further west where you find the 'Tree Walk'. Here there are around 30 species of trees from around the world, spread out and making for a pleasant short work through the garden. There are also a couple of simple water fountains with spill pools as well as public toilets.

Overall, Chater Garden isn't one of my favourite small parks around the city. However, in densely populated places like Hong Kong, you'll take all the green & leisure space you can get. The Tree Walk section of Chater Garden is worth a visit, if you are in the area and enjoy viewing large and interesting tree species.
Written January 17, 2021
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geo3
Calgary, Canada1,246 contributions
Lovely garden in a busy area
Apr 2019
This is certainly not a destination garden, but it is beautifully-landscaped and a restful setting in the midst of the downtown. Many people have described it as 'an oasis', which is a good description.
Written November 5, 2019
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easterntreker
Halifax, Canada3,485 contributions
Beautiful Area
Feb 2019 • Couples
We came upon this place as we walked to the MRT . Its a lovey place to stop for a rest and some lovely shrubs andcpkants.
Written March 3, 2019
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macmrnda
Metro Manila, Philippines11 contributions
Rest stop
Dec 2018 • Family
It is a nice resting stop when you’re walking around the city. The exit from central station provides a good 360 spot of the landmarks you want to take pictures.
Written December 28, 2018
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Food & Sightseeing - True & Fair Review
Sydney, Australia1,216 contributions
It is such an expensive garden in ...
Nov 2018 • Solo
It is such an expensive piece of land for a garden in the heart of Central. Though nothing much special it provides a rest place for the busy life in Hong Kong.
Written November 6, 2018
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Bagpuss19
Midlands533 contributions
A garden amongst city life
Sep 2017 • Couples
We came across this park by accident as we were walking to the Peak Tram. It is a little peaceful haven amongst the city skyscraper. There were people there doing early morning Tai Chi
Written September 20, 2017
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sas820
Hong Kong, China672 contributions
A welcome respite amidst the urban jungle
Jun 2017 • Solo
I've always walked through the plaza but only recently found the time to visit the Tree Walk section. There are 27 tree species available (originally 31) for viewing and appreciation. Birds and insects go about their business. Some trees have colorful flowers; others are bearing fruit. One can walk through the circuit or sit and soak it all in. The mature trees offer abundant shade and a cooler environment to one seeking a break from the hectic pace of life beyond its walls.
Written July 28, 2017
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Hong Kong, China3,899 contributions
Small, peaceful gardens.
Feb 2017 • Solo
This park is right in the middle of the busy business district but manages to be very calm and quiet on weekday afternoons. Like everything in central HK, it is perfectly clean and well maintained. There are fountains and labelled plants around to create a calming space. However, there are few chairs to sit on (along with unnecessary rules about perching next to the fountains) to enjoy the quiet and the entrances are rather restrictively all on the same side. Loads of security guards around as well, which was a bit cloying in terms of atmosphere.
Written February 17, 2017
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RomanbyRamblers
Northallerton, UK208 contributions
A lovely green space
Nov 2016 • Couples
We came across Chater Garden by accident but spent a pleasant hour here. The gardens contain a 'tree walk' with numerous trees labelled as to species etc.
The whole garden is maintained to a high standard and was alive with bird life.
There is also a water feature, public toilets and numerous seats to sit, relax and let the world go by!
Written November 5, 2016
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