I don’t think we’d have even known that there is a park on top of the new Kai Tak cruise terminal but for the fact that my lovely husband is a structural engineer and he worked on this building. He’s wanted to go ever since it opened and see his work up close so last October we headed on over.
The cruise terminal is built on the end of the runway of the old Kai Tak airport, which was notoriously one of the world’s most difficult runways to land on! So I suppose in a way it’s quite apt that the cruise terminal is also quite difficult to get to ;) Access to it is on a small road from Kowloon Bay and you can get the number 86 green minibus from Kowloon Bay MTR to the cruise terminal. Other ways to get there are listed here. I have to admit, we just took a taxi (although it’s hard to get a taxi home again as there are so few that visit the cruise terminal). The park is on top of the building (I think it’s listed as roof garden or RG in the lift) and there are also shops and restaurants on the roof and on lower floors, although I don’t think any of the ones on the roof were open when we went.
I have to admit that the park is really nice. It’s beautifully landscaped and immaculately kept, with winding paths and pretty flowerbeds, and even the odd patch of grass (a rare thing in Hong Kong).
I don’t think that many people know about it so when we went it wasn’t that busy at all, even though it was a lovely Sunday afternoon.
And it has great views out over the harbour.
There is another park on the end of the runway at ground level called Runway Park, which you can see in the picture below. We didn’t go, but it looks like a nice wide piece of grass (although I’ve heard it’s not the greatest grass ever).
Our main reason for visiting was really to see the two arches, which are the bits my husband worked on. They’re pretty cool.
Jack and Isobel certainly enjoyed themselves (weren’t they so much smaller then?!) and so did we. I’d really recommend it if you’re looking for a quiet spot to enjoy Hong Kong sometime.
Thanks for reading!