In what was once one of the seediest places on planet Earth.
Yep – you heard me right! I’m talking about the Kowloon Walled City again. Believe it or not there is a pretty awesome bike track right next to the old gates of the Walled city ideal for kids. As I’ve mentioned previously, Kowloon Walled City was torn down and turned into a truly amazing stretch of park. It has historic landmarks, beautiful Chinese gardens, children’s playground, sports grounds and a fenced bike track.
Even better, there is bike hire on-site so you don’t need to lug a bike over to the park. You can simply hire one there… Or across the road at another bike shop although I am not sure there is any price difference.
The bike track is a green concrete path with bridges, hills, underpasses and bends to wind around as it eventually curls back onto itself. It also has a circular area where the kids can pedal around and around practising without the extremities of a skating bowl. For those who can’t ride, or are learning (with or without trainer wheels) there is also an area near the on-grounds bike hire shed where they can practise before hitting the track too!
I do need to caution that although the track is fully fenced, if you aren’t riding with your children you won’t be able to observe them on the whole track. This will be something some parents may want to consider before allowing their children to ride the track alone.
The bike track is accessed easiest from the Carpenter Road entrance to the park and there is parking on the street or in a shopping mall a few hundred metres away. If travelling by MTR you will have to walk from Lok Fu MTR station and through the Walled City Park to get to the Carpenter Road bike track. The parks are reasonably well sign posted so once you’re in the park you should be able to find your way around. Even if you can’t, getting lost in this park is part of the adventure!
The beauty of this track is the kids can play in the playground, explore the historic and aesthetic parts of the Walled City, ride a bike for an hour or two and then the whole family can enjoy a meal (and dessert) on one of the streets across from the park before headed home.
In a city where space is at a premium a little space like this can be a godsend for getting the kids outdoors and having fun at the same time.
For a full list of public bike tracks in Hong Kong check out this link.