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“Pretty but Small” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kowloon Walled City Park

Kowloon Walled City Park
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Hong Kong and Macau 4-Day Tour
Ranked #57 of 805 things to do in Hong Kong
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“Pretty but Small”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2012

It's quite nice to look at, but be warned that it's small. Your walk will be over in 10 minutes and then you're kind of stuck for something to do. Try one of the many local restaurants in that area (Kowloon City). Great place for Thai food as well, as there are many local Thai expats living and working in the area.

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“Tranquility Surrounded by Residential Skyscapers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2012

Even though there are descriptive markers everywhere, pick up a brochure to appreciate the grounds better. I got there around noon and the park was deserted (it did slightly pick up after a while hut still was basically empty). There are eight gardens, a mountain view pavilion, and one remaining old city building (the Yamen). They do offer 45 minute free tours; check the schedule ahead of time. Nice for an hour to an hour and half visit.

I combined my visit with a trip to the Wong Tai Shin Temple which is an easy twenty minute walk.

Visited January 2012
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“Quiet, lovely park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2012

Previously a Chinese fort when Hong Kong was ceded to Great Britain, the Kowloon Walled City Park is a nice visit. It is one of the few walled cities left in Hong Kong and worth a stop via the MTR (Lok Fu Station, exit B and then short taxi ride.)

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“A park with history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2012

This park is actually inside Carpenter Road Park and is based on the Jiangnan style of the early Qing dynasty. The park is fairly large with lots of flora. The park was originally a walled city and the old south gate was discovered in 1994 which is on display. The Lam Nam Pavilion is beautiful with its man made waterfall and large pond and so was the Mountain View Pavilion though no mountain view. There is also a model of the original city showing the shocking conditions people lived in.

Visited November 2011
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“Terrific historical site, but perhaps more important for what it was, not what it is”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2012

The Kowloon Walled City was a diplomatic anachronism: a city block that was part of the People's Republic of China when all around it was British-run Hong Kong. As well as producing diecast metal toys and ceramics, it had the most unlicensed dentists in the whole of Hong Kong, not to mention organised crime and all the other splendours of the unsanctioned economy.

Obviously, there wasn't space for that in the 21st century, and the Walled City itself was razed, to be replaced by this very pleasant park, definitely worth a walk if you're in the vicinity. It's hard to understand why you'd be up here at random because it's not one of the obvious tourism must-sees, but you'd be missing out if you didn't come here. As well as a charming topiary dragon and 12 statues of the zodiacal animals, it offers a chance for some peace and quiet, which in Hong Kong is a rare commodity.

Plus, where else can you go in the world that used to be a hive of unregulated dental technicians?

Visited May 2011
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