The Kowloon Walled City Park is a remnant of one of Hong Kong’s historical notorious landmarks – The Kowloon Walled City.
Kowloon Walled City Park sits on the very site of the former Kowloon Walled City, remembered today as a haven of crime and debauchery. Originally a Chinese military fort, the Walled City became an enclave after the New Territories were leased to Britain in 1898. Its population increased dramatically following the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during World War II. By 1987, the Walled City contained 33,000 residents within its 2.6-hectare (6.4-acre) borders. From the 1950s to the 1970s, it was controlled by Triads and had high rates of prostitution, gambling, and drug use.
Over time, both the British and the Chinese governments found the City to be increasingly intolerable, despite a reduction in the reported crime rate. The quality of life in the City – sanitary conditions in particular – remained far behind the rest of Hong Kong. For resettlement, the government distributed some HK$2.7 billion (US$350 million) in compensation to the estimated 33,000 residents and businesses. The demolition of the Walled City began on 23 March 1993 and concluded in April 1994. Construction work on Kowloon Walled City Park started the following month.
Kowloon Walled City Park Now
Today, the site of the Kowloon Walled City is beautiful park with remnants from the former city. Entrance is free and the park is easy to cover in about an hour.
My favourite part of the park was the Chess Garden and Garden of the Chinese Zodiacs.
To get to the park, make your way over to Kowloon City. Currently only buses ply that route, with the MTR coming soon.
Kowloon Walled City – Before The Park
Hope you enjoyed my pictures of the Kowloon Walled City!