Cover A first look at the newly-opened harbourfront space in Wan Chai, HarbourChill (Photo: Courtesy of Development Bureau)

Located amidst the hustle and bustle of Wan Chai, HarbourChill offers the public a quality recreational space to relax, recharge and connect

Hong Kong may be notorious for being one of the world’s most crowded cities, but the city is also home to some of the most gorgeous beaches, seaside towns, country parks and green spaces you’ll ever find in Asia. And if you’re out of ideas of where to go this weekend and looking to take refuge at beautiful open-air spaces, we’ve got some exciting news to share with you: a new harbourfront space, HabourChill, has just opened in Wan Chai last week for public enjoyment.

Designed to be “the city’s backyard garden”, HarbourChill is envisioned by community professionals from all walks of life. The space is located next to the Pierside Precinct of Wan Chai Ferry Pier, which boasts 1,800 square metres of open space adorned with unique art installations, movable animal-shaped furniture, as well as shelters and swings featuring pink hues that give visitors plenty of photo opportunities. It’s also open 24 hours a day and pet-friendly, meaning you can drop by anytime and enjoy a great range of outdoor activities—picnic, run with your furry friend—whatever you fancy. 

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At HarbourChill, there’s also an exhibition area showcasing the 20 winning entries from the public furniture competition co-hosted by the Harbour Office of the Development Bureau and the Harbourfront Commission. Visitors will be able to pieces that reflect the heritage of Wan Chai Ferry Pier and the bustling neighbourhood. All installations at the park will remain on-site for a minimum of six months, and are subject to a flexible display period according to public feedback.

Touted as a multi-purpose space, HarbourChill will also be collaborating with different social enterprises and community organisations to host a variety of pop-ups, exhibitions, public events such as outdoor yoga and art jamming sessions. Visitors are welcomed to bring their own food and drinks to the park, but there’s also a special kiosk on the lawn you shouldn’t miss out on, which features snacks and beverages offered by social enterprise We+. A selection of Wan Chai-themed goods is also available at the kiosk.

How to get to HarbourChill: HarbourChill is accessible from the ferry pier or Wan Chai Temporary Public Transport Interchange within a 3-minute walk. Alternatively, you can walk from the Wan Chai MTR station for around 15 minutes to reach the area.

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