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Yuen Po Street Bird Garden – A Place That All About Birds!

April 13, 2021

Name (English): Yuen Po Street Bird Garden
Name (Chinese): 園圃街雀鳥花園
Category: Outdoor Activities
Address (English): Yuen Po Street, Mong Kok
Address (Chinese): 旺角園圃街
Address Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/S1MSLu3MnF88oxxN9
Address longitude and latitude: 22.325376476380562, 114.17340805428655
Nearest MTR Station: Prince Edward Station Exit B1
Nearest MTR Station Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/CuHta87LLcuyzPUD6
Nearest MTR Station longitude and latitude: 22.324166375873943, 114.16856803620092
How far from the nearest MTR Station: 10-minute walk from Prince Edward Station Exit B1
Opening Hours:
MON 07:00 – 20:00
TUE 07:00 – 20:00
WED 07:00 – 20:00
THUR 07:00 – 20:00
FRI 07:00 – 20:00
SAT 07:00 – 20:00
SUN 07:00 – 20:00
Recommended Time to Visit: 9-10am
Accessibility Note: easy access

There are two entrances in Bird Garden. This is the one closer to the flower market.

In having the soaring numbers of skyscrapers, some local cultures are gradually vanished, like owning a bird. Yuen Po Street, nicknamed Bird Garden, is now the only bird market that sells various lovely creatures in Hong Kong. 

The fading culture 

Proud uncle with his furry buddy

Not until the urban renewal project of Hong Lok Street was proposed, had bird market been moved to Yuen Po Street in 1997. There’re a wide range of birds, like sparrow, dove, parrot and so. In the very old days, people fed them in several purposes, like divination, competition or appreciation. However, since the young generation doesn’t find it fascinated at all, the culture has become as senile as the elderly in the market. 

Containing 70 stalls, the garden peddling birds, coops or anything related. It’s worth some hours exploring. Not to skip it in your travel itinerary if you’re a bird-lover. 

The Chinese-style garden 

On entering to the street, you’ll be getting enchanted by the fragrance of Chinese-style garden, followed by the sound of warblers, so sweet and soothing. The commotion of Mong Kok has been petered out, before you realize you’re in the bird paradise. Ubiquitous are those appealing decorations. You may find the constructions consisted of green-tiled roof, octagonal windows and wooden plaque – don’t forget to take a glance at those animated bird murals. 

Bamboo Bird cages

Living bird book

Needless to say, no one will bring a bird home, but the garden itself can be regarded as a bird museum, in which you need not buy one to have fun, but take advantage of your eyes and ears to observe. Instead of just walking across, I suggest you be inquisitive to talk with those friendly shopkeepers or owners, who will love to share a lot of bird-feeding knowledge or their stories.

The garden itself can be regarded as a bird museum
“Delicious” Meal for birds

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Eric Wong

A HONGKONGER named Eric, is a writer and traveler, but simultaneously the clairvoyant in the city discovering its beauty people barely know.

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