JOURNEY 11@Garden Hill：
Distance📏：Less than 1km
Time⌚️：Less than 30 Minutes
Start🚩：Berwick Street (a covert path next to Mei Ho House)
Past by📍：Mei Ho House
Traffic🚍：Sham Shui Po MTR Exit D2
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More: KMB: 2B, 2E, 2F, 86C, 87B, 214; First Bus: 702, 702A; Mini-bus: 30A, 30B, 32M
Ideal for👥：Families, couples, seniors, those who hike on a whim
View📷：Sham Shui Po residential blocks, Kowloon West cityscape, Stonecutters Bridge
Hike Gear👒：Any shoes but high heels, sandals and flip-flops
Nearby Spots🏃： Mei Ho House, West Kowloon Centre, Apliu Street, Golden Computer Arcade
Calorie burned： 96Kcal
My Garden Hill Trip:
This small hillock is aptly named as Garden Hill for being located right behind Garden Bakery, a local household name in the realm of bakery. On top of the hill was once a service reservoir that used to supply drinking water to Kowloon residents, but is now enveloped by chain wire fencing. The hill captures a panoramic view of Western Kowloon and lends a sense of tranquility, a stark contrast to the nearby bustling streets.
Despite less than 100 meters of elevation and having much less greenery than most hills do in Kowloon, Garden Hill certainly is one the easiest accessible. Getting up there from the town centre is much like a path of purification, first from lousy, dusty streets, a common sight of Sham Shui Po, then dodging clutches of crowds into quieter residential areas, and once you are on the hilltop, traces of social activities are all gone.
As you climb the steps, you will find a couple of construction sites behind you, the location of which were once built with resettlement blocks as a result of the tragic fire dated back to the 1950s.
It takes less than 30 minutes to the top. Your physical effort is now rewarded by a bird’s eye view of Sham Shui Po and further of Western Kowloon in far distance. The crowded streets look much tidier and calmer. This unusual urban serenity is hard to pin down unless at this vantage point like the top of Garden Hill.