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“A historic site to visit at different levels”

Kowloon Walled City Park
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Hong Kong and Macau 4-Day Tour
Ranked #54 of 811 things to do in Hong Kong
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Hong Kong, China
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“A historic site to visit at different levels”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

A historic site to visit at different levels, from a traditional walled city with a Yamen to a city within the city out of law to a garden park.

Visited April 2013
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“Transformation to a beautiful park”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

A park inspired by the Jiangnan garden style of the early Qing Dynasty. The site was once an imperial military outpost with some 250 soldiers residing within. After Kowloon was ceded to the British, the imperial officers were evicted and the outpost turned into a no-man's land, neither under British jurisdiction nor the Chinese rule. The notorious site was called the Kowloon Walled City, a dilapidated part of Hong Kong which was refuge to triads, prostitution and illegal dentists. The Walled City was torn down and in it's place a beautiful Chinese garden was built and opened to the public in 1995 with relics on display, which originated from the days when it was a military outpost for the imperial officials.
Today, only tranquil and serene surroundings, a good bonsai collection, traditional Chinese architecture are left. Most mornings you will see the locals practicing Tai Chi or walking around with their pet birds in cages. A good choice if you are looking for Chines culture and the peaceful side of the city.

Visited April 2013
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“Lovely park with notorious history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

After hectic the Hong Kong sightseeing scene, this park represented a welcome respite of quiet and peaceful surroundings. It is built on the site of a Qing garrison town which later remained in the hands of the Chinese even as the British forced the Qing officials out. It later became a slum area rather notorious for being overcrowded with criminal entities and illegal factories and providing a haven for illegal dentists. Landscaping is beautiful with ponds and streams. Buildings in the park are modeled after traditional Chinese pavilions. Several areas show artifacts found in archeological digs in the area. One building provides multimedia displays of the history and life in the area. About half of the large block containing the park is a more conventional city park with children's play areas and less focused landscaping. The park is about 10 minutes walk from Lok Fu metro station. Hau Wong Si, a small Buddhist temple on the corner adjacent to the park, welcomes visitors.

Visited March 2013
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“forget the shoping and the queuing up for those touristy attractions, just come to this park to have a nice sit down!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

HK gov't has done a superb job to turn this notorious site of the past into a very tranquil park for the people to enjoy (if there is such a thing turning a black swan into white) ! This park is safe and no way any "homeless" will be allowed, there is guard monitor the park by the entrance until the park is closed after dark. Even the local family recreation park outside the walled city park is safe, there is a circular bike lane for children and a football field for adult to enjoy. Benches are all around both the walled and outside family parks, it is as safe as many other parks in HK.
Anyway, good to see the old wall is still intacted, within the wall are those new traditional style chinese pagodas, the historical old trees by the front entrance building, the flowers and listening to the birds sing, just allow yourself melt into the surrounding, you will easily forget you are still in this bustling city. As you walk around the stone designed pavement, there are plenty of historical description are posted through out the park, no tour guide is necessary. After you finish strolling around the park, just walk to those close by streets across from the park, there are many great restaurants around. In fact, if you love Thai cuisine, Kowloon City is the place to go, after this tranquil Walled City Park.

Visited March 2013
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“A cool park in a busy city”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

Coming back from the Nunnary and Nan Lian Garden, we got dropped off by the bus and walked through the park on our way to the Kowloon street food area. A nice walking, jogging park. Very modern and well designed and also has the Historical aspect of the Walled City.

Visited February 2013
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