Gardens and public areas are one of the significant features of HKU Campuses as they provide spaces for students’ social activities, engaging experience and meditation.
Mong Kwok Ping Garden (aka Lily Pond)
Before the construction of Lily Pond in the 50's, the area where Lily Pond lies had been a green meadow and already a chill-out place for students. Although the meadow vanished due to the campus development in the 80’s, the Lily Pond has still been maintained and conserved as an important place for HKU members. The garden was named after Mr. Mong Kwok Ping, father of Mr. William MW Mong, a major donor of HKU, in 1985.
In late 2003, the University erected a statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen at the garden.
Centennial Garden and Little Garden
Centennial Garden was completed in 2012 together with the Centennial Campus and it maximises the green coverage of the campus. In the garden, there is also a brick wall with donors’ names and a sculpture called “Fortiter in re, Suaviter in modo”, the idea of which was originated by then Vice-Chancellor Professor Lap-Chee Tsui and the sculpture was designed by Professor Norman Ko Wah-Man. The sculpture was unveiled by Dr. Stanley Ho on 18 February 2014.
Located at the very west rim of the Centennial Campus, Little Garden (next to Centennial Garden) was officially opened in March 2014 as a gift to the University from the Wong family. The name of the Garden was proposed by Mrs Gertrude Wong, wife of Dr Philip Wong and an Honorary Patron of the HKU Foundation.
Academic Courtyards (Centennial Campus)
One of the most endearing elements of the University is the quartet of courtyards in the Main Building. Three similar courtyards are located in the Centennial Campus, providing shade and shelter from hot and humid weather. Induced breezes encourage students and faculty staff to sit outdoors, offering opportunities for personal interaction to facilitate a dynamic learning community.
The geometry of the Centennial Campus courtyards amplifies the strengths of the Main Campus and creates a sense of place.
Fan Pui Garden & Tang Court, Faculty of Medicine Building
"Fan Pui Garden" is named after two brothers, Dr Li Shu Fan 李樹芬 and Dr Li Shu Pui 李樹培. "Fan" means fragrance and virtue and "Pui" means nurture. Fan Pui Garden is the place to nurture well-rounded professionals.