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Kowloon Walled City Park, Hong Kong

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.2/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web
Visit the garrison that became known for crime and debauchery at Kowloon Walled City Park. The attraction occupies the site of the former Kowloon Walled City, a unique peninsula garrison that remained under China's jurisdiction until Hong Kong was ceded to Britain. In 1899 Chinese troops were forced to vacate, leaving the garrison a lawless enclave that became a safe haven for criminals, prostitutes, gangs, and drugs lords hidden in a network of dark alleyways. Eventually, the 30,000 residents were relocated and the grounds reclaimed for a park. A model of the slum's illegally constructed network of buildings can be seen at the park today, surrounded by reclaimed natural beauty amid a peaceful atmosphere. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Kowloon Walled City Park and many more Hong Kong attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Hong Kong itinerary planner.
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  • The Kowloon Walled City Park is a little off the normal tourist trail in Hong Kong, but well-worth the taxi ride or 20 minute walk from Lok Fu MTR station. The site was used for military purposes and ...  read more »
  • Amazing what once was a crime ridden, vice filled. wall to wall concrete ghetto is now transformed into pretty gardens and lakes with flowing streams and photogenic vistas. DIRECTIONS: Walk downTung T...  read more »
  • It turned out to be not so easy, but it was worth it for sure. Before the Park was the most awful quarter in which lawlessness reigned. But then it was demolished and smashed Park, where a monument to this place. Inside are many interesting buildings, so I want to on it leisurely stroll, take a break from the bustle of the city.
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  • The most interesting part of this area is its history, not the park itself. Not exactly the history about the Qing dynasty stuff that most foreign tourist think of. For most Hong Kong people, the interesting part about this small area is that, it was a place kind of owned by the mainland China government(Qing dynasty,Republic of China, and the People Republic of China in different period of time),sort of like an exclave. As a result, the Mainland China government could not care about, the England government did not want to care about, and the colonial Hong Kong government did not have the courage to care about. The law of Hong Kong was unlikely to be applied in this area, although the place was generally peaceful, yet the crime rate was a bit higher compare to the rest of Hong Kong, by that time. It was a small area lived with 33K people, some said the peak population was about 50K. A place that had a lot of unlicensed densities, and had some other illegal stuff there, and yet it was also a place that had a lot of regular and poorer citizens lived in. Everyone in Hong Kong could enter and leave the walled city freely by then, but the people lived outside usually told their kids not to enter this place.
  • Beautiful and large park in the center of Kowloon up some very steep stairs. There are animals, stately gardens and waterways with benches. Plenty of areas to sit quietly and observe the universe pass by.
  • Eye-catching architecture, interesting history, a great way to spend some time outdoors.
  • Kowloon Walled City Park is a beautiful park. It is very large, and has many different areas. The most interesting part is the historic Walled City of Kowloon, which was shut down. You can see some old Chinese buildings and a model of the old town there. Totally worth visiting!
  • Wow, for those who were expecting to see a city filled of vice, slums, and dirty, shady alleys, you're too late! The past is gone and it has been transformed into a beautiful park. The Chinese architecture is tastefully incorporated among beautiful patches of fragrant vegetation, wonderful smelling jasmine, and fruits like pomegranate and banana freezing their ass off in the cold, rainy spring. The old almshouse has been rebuilt/restored and has been turned into a small exhibition area that explains the history of Kowloon fortress city and gives you a chance to immerse yourself in an electronic archive of what life was like. The interviews are especially interesting.
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