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.
The Centennial Garden
The Centennial Garden was completed in 2012, together with the Centennial Campus, to maximise the green coverage of the campus.
Fortiter in re, Suaviter in modo 外圓内方
The sculpture, Fortiter in re, Suaviter in modo (外圓内方), was unveiled at the Centennial Garden by Dr Stanley Ho in February 2014, in recognition of the remarkable contributions made by Dr Ho to the advancement of the University. The concept behind the sculpture was conceived by the then Vice-Chancellor Professor Lap-Chee Tsui, with Professor Norman Ko Wah-Man creating the design and Dr Ambrose So undertaking the calligraphy.
The Bricks Wall
In the Centennial Garden stands the Bricks Wall displaying the names and stories of the supporters of the Bricks Campaign for Centennial Campus developments.
The Little Garden
Located at the very western rim of the Centennial Campus, the Little Garden was a gift to the University from the Wong family and was officially opened in March 2014. The name of the Garden was proposed by Mrs Gertrude Wong, wife of Dr Philip Wong and an Honorary Patron of the HKU Foundation.
The sculpture, Universe (萬象), installed on the lawn outside the Fitness Centre at the Centennial Campus, was a gift from the HKU Class of 1971 in celebration of the University’s Centenary and the Class’s 40th Anniversary in 2011.
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.