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“Amazing for outdoor lovers”

Kadoorie Farm and Botanical Gardens
Reviewed December 6, 2012

The first review is absolutely crazy, Kadoorie farm was one of the highlights of my trip and i definitely plan to be back in the future. Firstly the park is a working living conservation base, Many trails are situated away from the main road so it would be difficult to explore the many types of flora/fauna/wildlife by only staying close to the main road so i would suggest to plan ahead and be prepared for trekking if you wish to explore the full landscape. i did notice some of the wild hunter birds a little unhappy but i also understand the reasons for why such birds need protection and rehab from trauma as most would not survive out in the wild so i guess this is a love hate scenario and i'm sure the park keepers feel the same for these animals. The scenery is stunning and wild, A world away from the metropolis bustle of hong kong, In fact i find it hard to believe the residents of hk do not show more appreciation for the natural surroundings as hk is home to some of the most amazing variety of wildlife in the world, Unfortunately under severe threat and uncertain future. I visited recently during the winter season and i noticed a lot of work being done further up the mountain, I hope this work is to expand on wildlife huts etc rather than touristy developments as it would be a shame to turn such a beautiful location into just another supply/demand consumer tourist haunt which would destroy the natural landscape and the purpose of the conservation park. Some of the fauna is very impressive, I was amazed by the chinese holly and bulbs, Also the mystical looking trees which during my visit were embraced in mist creating a peaceful but spooky atmosphere. I am a winter sports athlete and i found the trek from base quite difficult and at times very demanding but the overall experience was very much worth the effort. I wondered through the lower sections and made the trek to the highest point and back in 3 hours, I would recommend taking a drink in reserve for the duration of the trek , The humidity and altitude will be a challenge later on and the path becomes steeper from mid-point onwards. The park was very quiet during my visit this winter, I seen only local farmers during the trek up to the top, most people were in the lower section exploring the animal wildlife huts but even still i would say i only seen around 20 people in the entire time making it a great quiet retreat in the winter. Some animals were not on display such as monkeys but again understandable due to seasonal habitat. A bus is available to take passengers around the mountain but i would definitely recommend the trek just for the many trails and sights along the way. I hope kfbg continue to do such a great job and support and conserve the wildlife of hong kong, i want people to visit and support such a great place but i also wish kfbg remains off the beaten path and continues to maintain such natural beauty for years to come.

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Reviewed November 19, 2012

KFBG is located on slopes and valley of Hong Kong's highest mountain. While the lover level is more family friendly and provides comfortable walking paths, sitting areas, beautiful ponds stocked with fish and turtles, displays of animals and birds, flower and vegetable beds; the upper level, while more challenging to walk due to steep terrain, provides great scenery in more natural surrounding.
KFBS has different gardens that were fun to explore like Butterfly Garden with butterfly attracting plants, Fern walk - a path surrounded with variety of ferns, Orchid Heaven and many more themed gardens. If you planing to do lots of exploring bring water and snacks. There is a cafe at the entrance but if you walk farther you are on your own.
Overall it was very nice experience. I was pleasantly surprised that i have found this jam.

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Reviewed March 7, 2012

It's well worth making the effort to get up here from Tai Po (take the 64K bus from Tai Po Market or Tai Wo stations) because you get some fantastic scenery, a rural setting and some animals and horticulture thrown in for good measure. You can even hike up and down Kwun Yam Shan if you have the energy. If you want to take the shuttle bus to the summit make sure you arrive early and get tickets, they go pretty fast.

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Reviewed February 23, 2012

KFBG is one of my favourite haunts in Hong Kong, and I have been visiting for over 10 years. The lower sections are more family friendly, with a lot of information and displays of the local fauna and flora. Higher up you'll have to trek up Kwun Yam Shan - the highest point is at about 2000 ft (620m) which on a clear day will have excellent views. Just about anything that lives in HK can be found here - wild pigs, deer, cats... to snakes, frogs - and on the higher slopes, it is all wild. There is a wonderful butterfly garden with all the right food plants. There are walks through dense forest. It is also a working farm, so you can buy organic vegetables and snacks at various places. When walking around, you won't think that you are in Hong Kong.

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Reviewed December 4, 2011

This garden is awesome and beautiful but the architecture and the plants look like in the Japanese garden, a lot! It was more fun at the farm, the pigs here a real pigs seriously, very very fat, haha. The entrance fee is free of charge but we had to pay for the tour guide here because we don’t want to get lost in this large garden.

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