Kadoorie Farm and Botanical Garden

Attraction Lam Kam Road, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong Published on: 02-08-2016

1 hours 30 mins
09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
10:00 AM
11:30 AM
First-time visit
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Family
Nature
Zoo
Must see
Kids
3.87 USD

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The Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, located in one of the highest mountains in Hong Kong is a must - visit place for all visitors.

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Why Kadoorie Farm and Botanical Garden is special ?

Situated on the slopes of one of Hong Kong’s highest mountains, the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden has outdoor activities that will appeal to the whole family. The conservation centre’s paths take you wandering through vegetable gardens, greenhouses of beautiful flowers and plants, and scores of different animals. But it’s more than just a pretty face; the farm has also pioneered organic growth methods in Hong Kong, and helped introduce local strains of pigs and chickens that you can see there.


This sprawling green sanctuary was originally established by the wealthy Kadoorie brothers to provide some aid to poor local farmers. Just inside the main gate, you can get a taste of what the old farming days of Hong Kong were like by visiting the Farm Museum, which features fascinating pictures and old farming implements.


Source: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/

What to explore at Kadoorie Farm and Botanical Garden?

You enter at a gate at the lowest part of the farm; if you want to fully explore the area, you'll either have a fair amount of uphill walking ahead, or can take the shuttle bus that links the Farm Produce Sales Counter, near the entrance, with higher places including Kwun Yam Shan and the Kadoorie Brothers' Memorial Pavilion.

There are pens with some huge, indolent looking farmyard pigs; nearby two wild boar snuffle through sand in their custom-built enclosure. They were very shy at first, but seem to have become accustomed to being watched by people.

The pens have been transformed to an exhibit with the boars and some other local animals, such as barking deer; inside there are exhibits, including on wildlife in South China forests.

Close to the stream behind the wild boar enclosure are facilities housing black kites (and a crested serpent eagle) that have been found ill or injured and are being looked after - hopefully till they can be released; small buildings with exhibits holding fish including the only recently new to science Hong Kong paradise fish, which is only known from Hong Kong, and Hong Kong newts.

There's also an enclosure with leopard cats, which were all brought in as kittens - they're around the size of domestic cats, but slimmer, and seem more agile, perhaps better adapted to exploring trees in search of food (no need to call for firemen when a leopard cat bounds up a tree!).

There's a waterfowl exhibit, with flamingos, ducks and a black-faced spoonbill (which had been found injured at nearby Deep Bay) at small, ornamental pools.

Below this is the Wild Animal Rescue Centre, with way too many animals that should be in forests and wetlands in Asia, but have been captured, traded, and confiscated. (The rescue centre is off-limits to the casual public.)

There are also greenhouses, with orchids and other plants, as well as flowers including sunflowers outside.

Walk up a little, and there are various breeds of chickens. Also - far more interesting to me - there's a row of cages with birds of prey that are too badly injured, or too imprinted on people, to be released to the wild. The most attractive is Halley, the white-bellied sea-eagle. Just across the road from the raptors is an owl sanctuary, with current residents including this splendid brown fish owl.

Source: http://www.hkoutdoors.com/l

How to get to Kadoorie Farm and Botanical Garden?

MTR Tai Po Market Station Exit A1 or Kam Sheung Road Station Exit C. Take bus 64K and alight at the Kadoorie Farm stop.

MTR Tai Wo Station Exit A, then catch a taxi.

Selling points

  • Great for the kids
  • Hidden Secret
  • Great place for a school visit
  • Excellent trip for family
  • A nice, tranquil break
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Duration
1.0 day
Estimated
42.74 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Lam Kam Road, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong

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Tips for you

  • There's a Farm Shop, selling some potted plants and organic vegetables grown on the farm, as well as books on subjects inc Hong Kong natural history, and the farm itself.
    Shopping
  • You can find your way around using a map on sale at the gatehouse for HK$5
    Things to do
  • The farm runs a shuttle bus service on Sundays and public holidays
    Service
  • There is a nice little area where you can get some nice tasty and or healthy snacks, tea, or coffee.
    Food
  • The vegetarian restaurant at the entrance of the park is excellent.
    Food
  • The park itself boasts a wide variety of flora/fauna and is a photographers delight.
    Photography
  • If you ride the shuttle bus - or even hike - you can visit the Kadoorie Brothers Memorial Pavilion
    Experience
  • The best time to see them is at dusk as they’re mostly nocturnal.
    Timming
  • If you can, visit in early morning for breakfast which then gives you ample time to explore the park.
    Timming
  • The farm offers some beautiful walks - but be warned that some require a pretty steep climb.
    Safety
  • Entry is not permitted after 4:00 pm.
    What to know
  • Children under 5 and visitors over 60 year old enter for free.
    Ticket and Pricing

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Admission fee 10 dollars. Site map 5 dollars.

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These botanical gardens support local farming and agriculture initiatives. Founded in 1956, the park's main goals are to assist poor farmers in becoming self-sustaining and to conserve biodiversity.

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Nature Fun Day (1st Sunday of each month) is a great time to vist KFBG with your friends and family

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Go to farm shop and buy: free range fresh eggs, potter plants, freshly harvested vegetables.

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Nice and peaceful place

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Kadoorie Farm is out in the New Territories and can be reached by catching the 64K bus from Tai Po Market.The best way to see the farm if you are not very fit is to catch the shuttle bus. The bus costs $10 and the entrance fee is $30 for adults. The bus stops at various places for 10mins at a time for you to explore and takes around 1hr 30mins in total.I decided to get off at the top and walk down. I also did the Sky Trail which gives you some amazing panoramic views of the New Territories. The path is uneven and at times not very clearly defined and has a few steep hills climbs as well as steep steps so it's not advisable for the less abled bodied. I then carried onto the Kwun Yum Shan summit where there is a Guan Yin or Goddess of Mercy statue.The walk down can also be a bit taxing but there are various trails and places with toilets to stop on the way down. There is a wide range of flora and fauna on the way down.In the lower part there is a farm with various animals and reptiles you can see including a chicken farm and pigs.Unfortunately I can't really recommend the organic cafe though I would recommend the farm shop even though it's not particularly big.I found the food in the organic cafe a bit overpriced, however the main issue was the poor taste of the food. The potato wedges were slightly undercooked and the vegetable omelette bland. I've had some spectacular vegetarian dishes in Hong Kong and it's a shame really that the food is a letdown. Though the iced coffee was of good quality and strength.Overall I had a great time at Kadoorie Farm and Botanical GardensIs it a must see attraction? Yes if you want to do something slightly off the beaten track and have the time.

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Take time to walk around a quality little area.Showing birds, reptiles, monkeys and a clean lovely area over the road from Victoria Peak ticket office.

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The entrance fee was less than $20 per head. I am not complaining! Parking was a pain in the butt on weekends though. Public buses are available.The farm is basically a government-run zoo IMHO. Organic food is available for purchases.If you were a tourist who will spend more than 7 days in HK, this is an option. If you will only be in HK for 2 to 3 days, this shouldn't be on the top of your "to go" list.

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These botanical gardens support local farming and agriculture initiatives. Founded in 1956, thepark's main goals are to assist poor farmers in becoming self-sustaining and to conserve biodiversity

TripAdvisor View more

Kadoorie Farm is out in the New Territories and can be reached by catching the 64K bus from Tai Po Market. The best way to see the farm if you are not very fit is to catch the shuttle bus. The bus costs $10 and the entrance fee is $30 for adults. The bus stops at various places for 10mins at a time for you to explore and takes around 1hr 30mins in total. I decided to get off at the top and walk down. I also did the Sky Trail which gives you some amazing panoramic views of the New Territories. The path is uneven and at times not very clearly defined and has a few steep hills climbs as well as steep steps so it's not advisable for the less abled bodied. I then carried onto the Kwun Yum Shan summit where there is a Guan Yin or Goddess of Mercy statue. The walk down can also be a bit taxing but there are various trails and places with toilets to stop on the way down. There is a wide range of flora and fauna on the way down. In the lower part there is a farm with various animals and reptiles you can see including a chicken farm and pigs. Unfortunately I can't really recommend the organic cafe though I would recommend the farm shop even though it's not particularly big. I found the food in the organic cafe a bit overpriced, however the main issue was the poor taste of the food. The potato wedges were slightly undercooked and the vegetable omelette bland. I've had some spectacular vegetarian dishes in Hong Kong and it's a shame really that the food is a letdown. Though the iced coffee was of good quality and strength. Overall I had a great time at Kadoorie Farm and Botanical Gardens Is it a must see attraction? Yes if you want to do something slightly off the beaten track and have the time.

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