City flower of Hong Kong

Do you know that Hong Kong has its own city flower? It is bauhinia. It became Hong Kong’s city flower in 1965, and the flag representing Hong Kong as the Special Administrative Region of China has bauhinia flower on it.

There is reason for the flower to be the city flower of Hong Kong. It was here in Hong Kong the flower was first planted by a French missionary, which was later spread to all over the world.

The flower blooms from November/December to April each year in Hong Kong. So it is now time to see its beauty.

Here are some good spots to see the city flower:

Kowloon Tsai Park: The park is in the kowloon walled city area. It has a bauhinia garden where a a very big lawn is accompanied by trees of bauhinia. The park was recently permitted to hold civil wedding ceremony.

How to get there: Take bus (Kowloon Bus) No.1 from the star ferry pier in Tsim Sha Tsui and get off at DUMBARTON ROAD station. It takes 35 minutes and costs about HK$5.

Kowloon Walled City Park: this park is near Kowloon Tsai Park. It has a path flanked by beautiful bauhinia trees.

How to get there: Just take bus No.1. as mentioned above, and get off one stop later, at Walled City Park. Or you take minibus No.39 from Lok Fu MTR station. It is just a 15-minute bus ride and costs HK$2.8.

These two parks are in the so called Kowloon walled city area, where the old Hong Kong airport Kai Tak was located. It is an area crowded with restaurants, particularly thai restaurants. So aftering touring the parks, you can have some delicious thai food in one of the restaurants.

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