Candid Hong Kong – Kowloon Cultural District

Every fortnight week I share a photo that shows a little insight into Hong Kong life. Sometimes they are things that made me smile, classic Hong Kong sights or just really unusual things.

I have some friends who live in Harbourside, a development right next to ICC, so naturally they have amazing views of Victoria Harbour from their apartments! However, I took the photo below looking down from the clubhouse, rather than across the harbour. When I first moved to Hong Kong, this area was wasteland. It had been reclaimed and a massive sign along one side of it proclaimed it to be the Kowloon Cultural District, but there was no sign of culture, other than the festivals that used the space every now and again!

However, in the last year or so, it has turned into a massive building site and is no longer used as an event space (many of the events have moved across the harbour to the similarly defunct area by ICC). From what I can gather, it will be some time before the West Kowloon Cultural District is completed, mainly due to the cost of developing it having risen so much since it was first conceived. But work is well underway on M+, a “museum for visual culture, focusing on 20th and 21st century art” (which forms the bulk of the construction site in the photo below) and Xiqu Chinese opera theatre (which my husband worked on!) which will be the first building to be completed on the site in 2018.

And I think some of the construction mess is an overflow of the nearby West Kowloon terminus for the high speed rail link to China. I’m sure the area will be nice when it’s finished but there’s a long way to go yet!

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Thanks for reading!

Rachel