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Saturday, Historical Walk in the Kowloon Walled City with HK historian, Jason Wordie
  • Date

    2017-10-21

  • Time

    8:45-13:00

  • Address

  • Price

    $575

  • Teacher / Host

    Jason Wordie

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last day to register: 2017-10-20

Jason Wordie is an established local historian and writer, famous for his Hong Kong history walks. Kowloon City, close to the old Kai Tak airport in Kowloon Bay, is rich local colour and historical interest but sadly remains little-explored by many local residents. Of pivotal interest in this area was the Kowloon Walled City, originally constructed in the 1820s. By the 1970s its had degenerated into a notorious crime-ridden slum and was finally cleared and demolished in the mid-1990s.

The newly-cleared space was transformed into a magnificent public park. Kowloon Walled City Park incorporates some of the nineteenth century Chinese Yamen (magistracy/administrative office buildings) from the walled city, as well as newly-constructed Soochow-style pavilions and ornamental ponds. Seasonal plantings, winding pathways and mounds of dramatically mis-shapen rocks complete the Olde Cathay garden effect. The original South Gate is now a declared monument and several relics unearthed during demolition have also been preserved and are on display.

Highlights: Kowloon City has several temples, like the historically-significant Hau Wong Temple, a historical rock carving, the Sung Wong Toi or “Sung Emperor’s Terrace” – dating back to the 12th century (Hong Kong’s first-ever officially-declared historical monument) along with some vibrant street life.

Meeting Point: Entrance lobby area of Lok Fu MTR Station. (For those unfamiliar with the route, allow about 30 minutes from Central, with a cross-platform change at Mongkok station) – 8:45 am

Finish Point: Sung Wong Toi Park, near old Kai Tak Airport, followed by optional lunch in Nam Kok Road – 12:00 noon (approx.)

Lunch: A Thai lunch at one of the excellent small eateries in the area is included. (Kowloon City has become Hong Kong’s “Thai village” in recent years with numerous good-value cafes and shops scattered around the area).

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