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A visit to Lai Chi Kok Park.

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If you look at my blogs, you could be forgiven for thinking my life is rosy. It most certainly isn't. My husband's eyesight has gone downhill so badly in the last year that he is now almost blind. My job mounts pressure after pressure on me. The latest is that teachers must be covid tested every two weeks. You may still think, stop whining, but here if you or anyone else in your workplace tests positive for covid, you are either hospitalised or placed in compulsory quarantine in a quarantine centre, even if you test negative. This is also true for a positive covid case in your building. All in all life here on the covid front is rather bleak.

Well, on the positive side, today after being forced to drop off my covid test at school, even though it is the Easter holidays, I headed to Lai Chi Kok Sports Centre. I wanted to find out where this is, so I can get Peter there smoothly for our rescheduled vaccination and I discovered that right next to the vaccination centre there is the most beautiful park in Hong Kong that I have ever seen. This park is called Lai Chi Kok Park and it is actually right next to Mei Foo MTR Station Exit C.

Lai Chi Kok means Lychee Corner and is called after the fruit. There is even a sculpture of the fruit in the middle section of the park here. Lai Chi Kok Park is a large park containing many different things. It has got sports facilities: a swimming pool, tennis courts, skateboarding area, roller skating rink and many more.

Lychee Sculpture.

Lychee Sculpture.

Plaque showing the park was opened in 1990.

Plaque showing the park was opened in 1990.

Skateboarding.

Skateboarding.

The first area I visited was the beautiful Chinese Garden. This is entered through a traditional Chinese gate guarded by stone lions. Through the gateway there are stone lanterns at the start of the paths. I followed one path to the walled garden with its differently shaped gateways. Through the gateways lies a tranquil pond surrounded by pagodas and colourful flowers and crossed by several bridges.

Lion guarding the park gateway.

Lion guarding the park gateway.

Lanterns, near the entrance to the park.

Lanterns, near the entrance to the park.

Tranquil Pond, Chinese Gardens.

Tranquil Pond, Chinese Gardens.

Reflections in a Pond, Chinese Gardens.

Reflections in a Pond, Chinese Gardens.

The new reflected in a pond.

The new reflected in a pond.

Old men gather in a pagoda in the Chinese gardens.

Old men gather in a pagoda in the Chinese gardens.

Pagoda.

Pagoda.

Bridge and Fountain, Chinese Gardens.

Bridge and Fountain, Chinese Gardens.

Fountains.

Fountains.

Pagoda and Bouganvilia.

Pagoda and Bouganvilia.

Ponds, Pagoda and Bridge.

Ponds, Pagoda and Bridge.

Circular Gateway.

Circular Gateway.

Circular Gateway.

Circular Gateway.

Bouganvilia.

Bouganvilia.

Gateway.

Gateway.

Yellow Iris.

Yellow Iris.

After looking around the Chinese Gardens, I wandered into the middle area of the park. In this area there are grassy lawns, trees and some gardens that had been entered for the Hong Kong Flower Festival Community Garden Competition. One of them was called Treasures Galore and represented the Sham Shui Po District. It was partly made using recycled rubbish such as: car tyres, plastic bottles, toppled trees. Another garden which I think may also have been from this competition had a small building that looked like a tiny church and a seating area surrounded by flowers. There were also quite a few brightly coloured tulips. There was an interesting sculpture here called the Vibrancy of Spring by Wu Ya-lin, an art supervisor from the Sculpture Department of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. Many of the park's sporting facilities were around this area, too.

Vibrancy of Spring Sculpture.

Vibrancy of Spring Sculpture.

View of the middle garden.

View of the middle garden.

View of the middle garden.

View of the middle garden.

Trees in the Middle Garden.

Trees in the Middle Garden.

Gardeners.

Gardeners.

Sham Shui Po Community Garden.

Sham Shui Po Community Garden.

Sham Shui Po Community Garden.

Sham Shui Po Community Garden.

Sham Shui Po Community Garden.

Sham Shui Po Community Garden.

Church and Flowers.

Church and Flowers.

Church and Flowers.

Church and Flowers.

Colourful Flower.

Colourful Flower.

Autumn Leaves.

Autumn Leaves.

Tulips.

Tulips.

Tulips.

Tulips.

Hibiscus.

Hibiscus.

And everything was all yellow.

And everything was all yellow.

And everything was all yellow.

And everything was all yellow.

Next I wandered to the Lingnan Garden. This is also a Chinese style garden, but is in the style of gardens found in Southern China, particularly around Guangdong. It consisted of covered walkways surrounding ponds which were dotted with pagodas. There were also bridges, statues, ornate paintings and stone carvings. Unsurprisingly this area was very popular. I enjoyed watching people doing tai chi. One lady did her routine with a tambourine. Another lady used a sword and a fan for hers. Even the floors in the Lingnan Garden were beautiful and in one area there was a mosaic with a phoenix. In the pond there was a sculpture of a turtle with a snake on its back. In Chinese mythology these creatures symbolize longevity.

Lingnan Gardens.

Lingnan Gardens.

Pagodas Flowers, Ponds.

Pagodas Flowers, Ponds.

Flowers, Pagodas, Ponds.

Flowers, Pagodas, Ponds.

Flowers by the Pond.

Flowers by the Pond.

Pond in Lingnan Garden.

Pond in Lingnan Garden.

Viewpoint over the pond.

Viewpoint over the pond.

Decorative Window.

Decorative Window.

Turtle and snake sculpture.

Turtle and snake sculpture.

Turtle Statue on Pond.

Turtle Statue on Pond.

Tranquil Pond.

Tranquil Pond.

Flower filled pond.

Flower filled pond.

Zig-zag Bridge.

Zig-zag Bridge.

Phoenix Mosaic.

Phoenix Mosaic.

Bonsai.

Bonsai.

Birds above Gateway.

Birds above Gateway.

Rickshaw.

Rickshaw.

A good site for a picnic.

A good site for a picnic.

Through the hexagonal doorway.

Through the hexagonal doorway.

Through the round doorway.

Through the round doorway.

Circular Doorway.

Circular Doorway.

Through the Circular Doorway.

Through the Circular Doorway.

Tai Chi with a tambourine.

Tai Chi with a tambourine.

Tai Chi with a tambourine.

Tai Chi with a tambourine.

Tai Chi.

Tai Chi.

Behind the Doorway.

Behind the Doorway.

Entrance to Lingnan Gardens.

Entrance to Lingnan Gardens.

Carvings on entrance to Lingnan Gardens.

Carvings on entrance to Lingnan Gardens.

Carvings on entrance to Lingnan Gardens.

Carvings on entrance to Lingnan Gardens.

Floor Tiles.

Floor Tiles.

Floor Tiles.

Floor Tiles.

Chinese Chequers.

Chinese Chequers.

Near the Lingnan Garden there was a little stream trickling over rocks and forming tiny waterfalls. All in all this was a very peaceful place perfect for destressing.

Pagoda and Stream.

Pagoda and Stream.

Streams.

Streams.

Bouganvilia.

Bouganvilia.

White Flowers.

White Flowers.

On the way home I noticed there were some more examples of Art in the MTR in Mei Foo Station. This was a series of paintings called 'Life in Mei Foo - Now and Then' by Ng Yuen Wa. These were completed in 2003.

Art in the MTR.

Art in the MTR.

Art in the MTR.

Art in the MTR.

Art in the MTR.

Art in the MTR.

Art in the MTR.

Art in the MTR.

The next day my covid test came back negative; maybe life isn't all bad.

Posted by irenevt 14:04 Archived in Hong Kong

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I think that its quite common, or atleast I try not to be too negative when I am writing and thus might seem overly-positive. :)

But it must suck if you have to go to quarantine if someone from your building is covid-positive! I keep fingers crossed that that doesn't happen!

by hennaonthetrek

Oh, and I agree, that garden is absolutely beautiful!

by hennaonthetrek

Hi Henna, our covid numbers are low here probably because it is so strict, but sometimes the rules feel quite extreme in my opinion. Yes the gardens were beautiful. Thank you for visiting. All the best, Irene

by irenevt

Efficiency doesn't make it any easier to live with strict restrictions does it..
Whole world starts to tired of this situation, fingers crossed that we are already on the better side of things!
Take care!

by hennaonthetrek

Yes I hope so. Hoping the vaccine might make a difference. Getting my first one on Monday. All the best.

by irenevt

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