Kowloon City is about as diverse as Hong Kong gets. Occupying the eastern half of the Kowloon peninsula, this district spans old neighbourhoods, leafy suburban enclaves, historic sites and the former Kai Tak Airport, which is now being redeveloped into a recreational hub.
In between, you’ll find streets that are home to some of Hong Kong’s most robust cultural communities. Little Thailand is a go-to spot for fresh Southeast Asian herbs, fruits and spices, not to mention deliciously spicy meals. There’s also a large community of Chiu Chow people who trace their origins to eastern Guangdong — and in some cases, both Thai and Chiu Chow cultures have merged to create something fascinating and unique.
The diversity extends to Kowloon City’s history. This area predates modern Hong Kong by centuries, with landmarks dating as far back as the 13th century. Historic houses have been converted into coffee shops, old villages are being revitalised and former industrial facilities have become creative enclaves. This is also where you’ll find the remnants of the notorious Kowloon Walled City, a Chinese military outpost that grew into the world’s most unusual vertical slum. It has now been converted into a beautiful park with an historic site at its heart.
Delicious food, captivating history and the scents and sounds of lands far away — if there’s any district that proves how eclectic and multifaceted Hong Kong can be, it’s this one.
Immerse yourself in Hong Kong’s fascinating gritty history in the Kowloon Walled City Park.
Reflect on the escape of the Song dynasty emperors at Sung Wong Toi Garden.
Take your time to explore the historic yet little-known Hau Wong Temple.
Discover cutting-edge contemporary art in a heritage setting at the Cattle Depot Artist Village.
Stock up on Thai sweets, fruits, curry pastes and other delicious ingredients on South Wall Road.
Eat your way through Thailand without leaving Hong Kong at the Kowloon City Market.