Located on the south end of Hong Kong Island, the 423-hectare Aberdeen Country Park is one of Hong Kong's oldest country parks being designated in 1977. It covers expansive uplands and valleys, including Mount Cameron, Tin Wan Shan, Aberdeen Upper Reservoir and Aberdeen Lower Reservoir. It extends to Wanchai Gap in the north, Black's Link in the west, Magazine Gap and Wong Chuk Hang in the south.
The park was ravaged during the Second World War killing most of the trees. The lush vegetation visitors see today is the result of extensive reforestation and natural regeneration of woodlands. Dubbed as Hong Kong Island's "back garden," there are numerous trails in the park, making it a favorite jogging and strolling venue among residents of nearby resiential developments. Vantage points like those in Peak Road and Guildford Road in Victoria Peak give spectacular vistas of the Island, as well as the two impressive reservoirs encircled by the country park.
A wide variety of birds and animals call Aberdeen Country Park home. These include Great Coucal (Centropus sinensis), Hwamei (Garrulax canorus), Magpie (Pica pica), Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis), Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), Chinese Pangolin (Manis pentadactyla) and squirrels.
Another attraction in the park is the Lady Clementi's Ride, a trail named after the wife of Governor Sir Clementi who loved to stroll and ride on this country lane. The ride offers breathtaking woodland scenery along wooded slopes, hill streams and stone bridges.
The Aberdeen Country Park is the only country park on Hong Kong Island that is accessible to the physically disabled. There is a trail designed to help wheelchair-bound visitors comfortably explore the country park. A refreshment kiosk and barbecue area are also placed near the trail for easy access. There are 2 braille maps and information boards for the blind, giving clear directions to the park facilities.
Aside from the numerous trails, other park amenities include Tai Chi terrace, picnic area, barbecue area, children's playground and visitor information centre.
To get to the Aberdeen Country Park, take green minibus no. 4A or 4C which departs from Lockhart Road in Causeway Bay to Shek Pai Wan in Aberdeen. Alternatively, catch green minibus no. 4B that runs between Wanchai and Shek Pai Wan. After getting off, follow Aberdeen Reservoir Road up the hill for the portal of Aberdeen Country Park. Stage 3 of the Hong Kong Trail starts at Peel Rise next to Pui Tak Canossian College on the right side of Aberdeen Reservoir Road.
For your return journey, bus no. 15, 15B or 515 that stops at Wanchai Gap will take you to the Peak or the city. You can also catch bus no. 6, 61, 63 or 66 in Wong Nai Chung Gap to the city.