Situated in the backyard of the University of Hong Kong, the Lung Fu Shan Country Park?impresses visitors with its natural beauty, history and amazing landscapes.
Getting the official status in 1998, it is the smallest of Hong Kong’s country parks, covering an area of just 47 hectares.
The size notwithstanding, the park encapsulates a rich and vibrant biodiversity. It is home to over 115 bird species.
On a visit, even a layman like me was able to recognize the singing of an Indian cuckoo. Then I saw one or two grey spotted doves resting on a branch. Meanwhile, a red-whiskered bulbul was among the most eye-catching species.
In the woods, it was hard to take one’s eyes off a bird with a black crest, red cheek patch and orange-red vent.
If you are lucky enough, you might also be able to catch a glimpse of some East Asian porcupines and Pallas’s squirrels.
The most legendary structure inside the country park is the historic military site, Pinewood Battery.
Completed in 1905, the battery was once identified as the highest of the coastal defense batteries in Hong Kong, at 307 meters above sea level. It was converted into an anti-aircraft ground during the First World War.
In December 1941, it was evacuated and abandoned as it came under air-raids and was also shelled heavily by Japanese artillery fire during the Battle of Hong Kong.
If you go hiking to the area now, you can have a picnic and also explore the largely preserved emplacements, battery buildings and command post.
At the observation post, people will enjoy a panoramic view of Hong Kong Island West — Victoria Harbor and East and West Lamma Channels.
During good weather days, hilltops such as Beacon Hill, Lion Rock, Kowloon Peak, and Tai Mo Shan, and islands like Lamma Island and Peng Chau can be clearly identified.
To go to / return from the Lung Fu Shan Country Park: Take NWFB Bus Route no. 13 and get off at Hatton Road stop. Walk for about 20 minutes along Hatton Road to arrive at the entrance.
Time: About 1.5 hours
Reference: Government website
This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Jan. 2, 2015
Translation by Darlie Yiu with additional reporting
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