First opened to the public in 1864, the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens (HKZBG) is one of the oldest zoological and botanical centres in the world. The Hong Kong Zoo and Park is located on the northern slope of Victoria Peak with a highest point of 100 metres and a lowest point of 62 metres above sea level.
The 5.6 hectare park is home to more than 1,000 species of plants and over 600 birds, 70 mammals and 40 reptiles of different species.
The popular attractions in the park include the reptile house, mammal enclosure, jaguar enclosure, aviary, bamboo garden, terrace garden, camellia garden, green house, magnolia garden, herb garden, bauhinia garden, palm garden and azalea garden.
The Hong Kong Zoo is bounded by Garden Road, Robinson Road, Glenealy and Upper Albert Road. It was divided into two parts by Albany Road, but linked by a subway. The eastern part of the Garden is known as the Old Garden where a Children's Playground, Aviaries, Green House and a Fountain Terrace Garden are found. The New Garden in the west is mainly the home of mammals and reptiles.
All parts of the Garden are free to the public. The main entrance is located at Upper Albert Road. The eastern part of Hong Kong Zoo, containing most of the botanical gardens and the aviaries, is open daily from 6am to 10pm, while the western half, with its reptiles and mammals, is open daily from 6am to 7pm.
To get there, take the MTR to Central and then walk 15 minutes up Garden Road to the corner of Upper Albert Road. Or take bus no. 3B or 12 from the Jardine House on Connaught Road Central.