Hong Kong Park Aviary
One thing that didn’t exist when I last visited Hong Kong — in 1984
— was Hong Kong Park, in the center of the central part of the
downtown. The land, which is very central and would have been
developed otherwise, belonged to the British garrison in Hong Kong —
so when they gave it up, it became a park and a very welcome green
space right in the middle of town.
In the park is this wonderful aviary, full of interesting and
beautiful tropical birds from all over southeast Asia. The walkways in
the aviary are all above ground — it’s set up so that folks walking
in the aviary are all in the trees, at the heights where the birds
themselves typically hang out. I found the contrast of being in this
rich tropical rainforest environment, full of singing and colorful
birds — all with the backdrop of the skyline of one of the world’s
great cities — very interesting.