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Kowloon Walled City Park

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Kowloon Walled City Park is located at the then Kowloon Walled City, a walled city at the Hong Kong Colonial period situated in nowadays Kowloon City District. Kowloon Walled City was moved under two separate periods in 1987 and the 1st quarter of 1989 respectively, and was demolished in 1993. After that the Hong Kong British Government rebuilt the original place into a park, and was to be named as “Kowloon Sheng Chai Park” as planned. However, it was later found from old residents and cultural relics that “Kowloon Sheng Chai” is original named as “Kowloon Chai Sheng”. Thus the park adopts the ancient name as “Kowloon Chai Sheng Park”. This itinerary will focus on some scenery spots in the park.

(Last updated: 28/5/2013)

Traffic

Bus Route

Origin ↔ Destination

Get off stop

KMB

11D

Kwun Tong Pier  ↔  Lok Fu estate

Tung Tau Tsuen Road

11K

Chuk Yuen Estate ↔ Hung Hum Rail Station

113

KennedyTown  ↔  Choi Hung

75X

Fu Shin Estate  ↔  KowloonCityPier

HolyFamilyCanossianSchool

107

Wah Kwai Estate  ↔ Kowloon Bay

Regal Oriental Hotel 

* All buses above are low-floored buses.

Park Offices, Yamen (Almshouse)

If visitors get off at Tung Tau Tsuen Road, they can enter through the North Gate. If they get off at the Holy Family Canossian School, they may enter through the South Gatefacing Carpenter Road. South Gate is the main entrance of the Park, where the craved granite plaques with inscription could be seen immediately once entering through the South Gate. Visitors entering through the North Gate can walk alongLung Tsun Roadinside the Park to go around to the granite plaques. Behind the granite plaques is the location of the then “Yamen” or the “Almshouse”. Yamen was originally the office of Kowloon Assistant Military Inspectorate. Since the retreat of the Qing Dynasty officials in 1899, Yamen had been rented by different church organizations for the purpose of elderly homes, orphanage and widow houses, schools and clinics etc. After the government announced the demolition of the Kowloon Walled City in 1987, Yamen was kept and fully restored, becoming an important historical monument.

 

Short comments: Roads from the unloading area to the park are flat. Ramps are provided at the main entrance of Yamen and alongside staircases inside the park as well. This differs from general limitations of other historical architectural monuments, thus allowing all people to enter for sightseeing. This arrangement is suggested to other old buildings for reference.

A City of Thousand Faces

The exhibition of “A City of Thousand Faces” was officially opened for public use on 19 April 2009. It consists of one Outdoor Display Area and six Exhibition Rooms inside the Former Yamen. It seeks to re-create the old days of the Kowloon Walled City through models, images and sound effects etc.

Garden of Chinese Zodiac

Of the 10 odd scenery spots in the Park, Garden of Chinese Zodiac is one of the eight most famous scenes. There are white-stone sculptures of the 12 Chinese zodiacs arranged according to the tian gan (heavenly stems) and di zhi (earthly branches) of Chinese geomancy. Among them the big-clawed tiger sculpture is the most special, its fin-like back is modelled after the legendary Zhou Dynasty mascot, while the elegantly resting horse was designed after the stone horses at the Ming Dynasty Tombs northwest of Beijing. Besides, visitors can tour the park through the cloister - the circled corridors and enjoy the scene of the pond.

 

Short comments: Ramps are provided and connect the whole park, while there are several disabled washrooms for the convenience of disabled persons. However, wheelchairs users should note certain pavements made of pebbles are slippery in rainy seasons.

Kowloon city plaza:

Kowloon City Plaza is located near the Kowloon Walled City Park. Visitors may follow the passages in the park heading South towards the plaza, but wheelchair users need to leave through the South Gate, then use the lifts located next to the carpark entrance of the Plaza. There are recreational spots such as restaurants, cinemas, and karaoke etc in the plaza.

 

Short comments: Although there are connecting corridors directly linked to the plaza, there are stairs which obstruct the way of wheelchair users. It is suggested that ramps be added at the entrance of the shopping malls for the convenience of wheelchair users.

1. Opening hours of the Kowloon Walled City:

6:30am to 11:00pm daily

2. Opening hours of the exhibition of “A City of Thousand Faces”:

10:30am to 06:00pm daily (Closed on every Wednesday)

3. Free Guided Tours

In order to enhance visitors’ knowledge of Kowloon Walled City’s history, remnants of monuments, and design, free guided tours in Cantonese are provided by the park on weekends and public holidays with designated staffs introducing various facilities of the park. Duration of each tour takes about 45 minutes. Park visitors can enroll at the spot during Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays. Schedule of free guided tour service are as follows:

Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays

9:00am to 9:45am

11:00am to 11:45am

3:00pm to 3:45pm

4:00pm to 4:45pm

Tel: 2716 9962

Website: www.lcsd.gov.hk/parks/kwcp/b5/index.php

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