Named after the British monarch Queen Victoria, Victoria Park is a public park located in Causeway Bay, on the north of Hong Kong Island. With an area of over 19 hectares, Victoria Park is the largest park in Hong Kong Island. It sits strategically between Causeway Bay and Tin Hau MTR stations making it a popular attraction to both foreign and local tourists.
One popular landmark at the park is the statue of a seated Queen Victoria at the main entrance in Causeway Road. This statue was cast in Pimlico, London and was originally located in Statue Square. During the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, it was taken to Japan to be melted down, along with other statues from the square. After the war the statues were brought back to Hong Kong, and in 1952 Queen Victoria's statue was restored and placed in Victoria Park.
Aside from the vast central lawn, the park also includes tennis courts, a swimming pool, a skating rink, a bowling green and other sports facilities. There is also a children's area where kids can play safely.
The tennis centre court, enclosed with spectator seating for 3,607, is often used to host international tennis tournaments, such as the Hong Kong Open and Hong Kong Tennis Classic.
There are also several man-made pools for reflection and some are used for operating remote-controlled boats.
The Victoria Park is also an arts and culture hub. Every year, in the days preceding Chinese New Year, the park is home to the Lunar New Year Fair which attracts large crowds late into the night. Other large events in the park include the Hong Kong Brands and Products Expo and the Hong Kong Flower Show.
Going to the park is very convenient as it is just next to the busy Causeway Bay district. Visitors can arrive by MTR, getting off at either Causeway Bay MTR station or Tin Hau station. Dozens of bus routes and the trams also provide convenient access.