If you’re not quite up to speed on Hong Kong’s history, Kowloon Walled City was an extremely densely populated section of Kowloon that housed an interesting mix of residents. Prostitution, gambling, and drug use were very common in this area. The Walled City was predominately ungoverned by HK, instead it was controlled by the Triads for the last few decades before the HK government decided to begin evicting all residents in order to demolish the city.
I have read and watched some interesting articles and short documentaries on the Kowloon Walled City that were really eye-opening. The ways in which these people lived during this time almost seem unimaginable in a large city such as HK now; since they weren’t directly governed by HK, they had relatively no laws constraining them (for example, in food health and safety).
The Walled City was demolished in April of 1994 and the Kowloon Walled City Park was opened in December 1995. The Park has beautiful grounds and has tried to preserve some of the history of the Kowloon Walled City throughout. The grounds are really beautiful and make for a lovely stroll on a breezy afternoon. There are small ponds, interesting artifacts from the past, and little stations where older women have tea demonstrations – they allow you to sample different types of tea and explain the origins, benefits, etc.
To get to the Kowloon Walled City Park, we took a ferry from North Point Ferry Pier since it was closest to me (there are many other routes you can take depending on where in HK you are coming from). We took the North Point ferry to Kowloon City, Ma Tau Kok Public Pier. Once at the ferry, we hopped onto bus 11b at the terminal which is just in front of the pier. I can’t remember the exact stop we alighted at, but I believe we asked the driver to let us out when we reached the stop for the Walled City Park. Once we got off, there was a sign for the Kowloon Park, so we just kept following those.
Exploring the Kowloon Walled City Park:
Remnants of the Past: