Kowloon Walled City Park, Hong Kong

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#14 of 106 in Parks in Hong Kong
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. Kowloon Walled City Park is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Hong Kong Edition.
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  • A lot of people have heard of the nine dragons, there are some special views. But this park is not so much special as other parks. If you eat dinner late in the afternoon, you can go there and stroll around. I think that people do not have to come here to see, after all, the traffic is not convenient, from the joy of the railway station to a very long walk.
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  • The Kowloon Walled City was once a home for some criminals for over a decade before it was demolished in the early 90s. I took my children here and tell them about its story. This place is a place of ...  more »
  • If you've read anything about the Kowloon Walled City (demolished in the early 90s), then this is a must: there are a few ruins, some models and even one or two exhibits, about that most notorious of ...  more »
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  • Interesting park to visit because of its history, but don't expect to see much historical relics as everything has been demolished. Only the photos serve to give visitors a good idea of how the walled city may have been previous.
  • I just stood here imagining the place 40 years ago when I was wee and it was was wanton. Now it's a lovely park. It's history is astonishing and some is available within the park, on placards that educate.
  • Beautiful park with a lot of history about the Kowloon area and the walled city. Different garden features and paths make each path a sensory joy. The water feature was closed on my trip
  • Kowloon Walled City Park was interesting to see how the place was once a lawless area. The photo gallery was a bit disappointing. Gov't needs do a better job displaying and preserving prints or photos.
  • Really pleasant park built upon what once was a notorious dense hive of humanity. The historical displays aren't advanced or numerous, but are interesting. Good place to spend a few hours, but they can really improve transit options here.

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