One of my favourite places to go in Hong Kong is the Kowloon Walled City Park. I came here last week when I was showing a friend the sights of Hong Kong and it reminded me what a great place it is. It is a beautiful park, built on the site of the notorious Kowloon Walled City.
The Walled City is an historic settlement from the 15th century which was built up by the Chinese in the 19th century when the British began to settle on Hong Kong island. When the British leased the New Territories from the Chinese in 1898, they chased the Chinese officials and soldiers out of the city but did not govern the city themselves. It became a lawless place, and after the Japanese occupation in WWII, became increasingly densely populated with poorly-built high-rise tenements. It was known for its large number of drug addicts and illegal dentists. In 1987, the decision was taken to tear down the city and build a park on the site. The park was opened in 1995.
In the park there is a bronze sculpture depicting the original city:
The only remaining original building is the Almshouse, which now houses information about the Walled City.
The park has been beautifully laid out in a traditional Chinese style, with pagodas, corridors, pools and lots of plants. It’s a very relaxing place to go to get away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong!
To get to the Walled City Park from Hong Kong island, you can take the number 113 bus and get off at the Kowloon Walled City bus stop on Tung Tau Tsuen Road. Or take the MTR to Lok Fu and walk down Junction Road and turn left down Tung Tau Tsuen Road. The area directly south of the Walled City Park is quite a Thai area, so it’s a great place to grab some delicious Thai food!
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