In Japan, there’s a cherry blossom craze once spring comes—and for the right reasons. These beautiful yet fleeting flowers are a truly breathtaking sight. It also symbolises new beginnings, reminding us to enjoy each moment while it lasts since the flowers are only in bloom for a short period of time.
As international travel is still restricted due to the pandemic, cherry blossom (or sakura) fanatics flocking to Japan or South Korea for their yearly magical hanami (cherry blossom viewing) experience might have to put their plans on hold.
But the good news is that we actually have our fair share of cherry blossom spots here in Hong Kong. Of course, they’re a far cry from the postcard images of our neighbours, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate what our own city has to offer.
To enjoy the beauty of spring and your Hong Kong hanami experience, we’re listing down all the places in the city to see these beautiful flowers.
Editor’s note: The best time to see the cherry blossoms is typically from January to April but since this is a natural phenomenon, the peak bloom depends on the weather and climate which varies each year as well as the type of cherry tree. We suggest checking the yearly cherry blossom forecast in Japan to get an idea of when you should go to see the ones in Hong Kong.
Social distancing rules are currently in force in Hong Kong, please make sure you follow the latest government guidelines and be responsible when participating in public events.
1. Tai Po Waterfront Park
Tai Po Waterfront Park spans 22 hectares, making it the city’s largest public park and also home to the most diverse cherry blossoms in Hong Kong including the yoshino cherry as well as the Fuji cherry.
If you love flowers, Tai Po Waterfront Park is also a treat given the other flowers you can see here including camellia and rose. The spiral lookout tower is one of the gram’ and just a great place to take a stroll.
Tai Po Waterfront Park, Dai Fat Street, Tai Po Industrial Estate, Tai Po, Hong Kong