Victoria Park is a public park in Hong Kong
, named after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. It is located in Causeway Bay
, on the north of Hong Kong Island
, between Causeway Bay and Tin Hau
MTR stations. It is part of Eastern District, along the border with Wan Chai
District, bordered by Victoria Park Road and then Victoria Harbour to the north and Causeway Road and Hong Kong Central Library
to the south. The park underwent a major revamp in the early 2000s.
There is a statue of Queen Victoria, seated, at the main entrance of the park on 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.
The park includes tennis courts, a swimming pool, a skating rink, a bowling green and other sports facilities, as well as the central lawn and children's areas. 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 several pools of water located in the garden area that are used for operating remote-controlled boats.
Lunar New Year
- Fair 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.
- Since 1990, a vigil attracting tens of thousands of people is held every year on June 4 to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square Crackdown.
- Sponsored and broadcast to the public by Radio Television Hong Kong, the City Forum is usually held in the park every Sunday. It brings together politicians, academics and prominent public figures to discuss current public issues.
Art and Culture
- The United Buddy Bears exhibition, which was displayed under the patronage of Jackie Chan in summer of 2004 on the historic lawn of Victoria Park, was the largest open air art show ever held in Hong Kong.About 2.0 million people saw the international exhibition in Victoria Park.