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Kowloon Walled City, China

From series “Deserted Places Causing the Feeling of Chill”
Lenght: 213 meters. Width: 126 meters.

There are lots of abandoned industrial areas in China. ​​Kowloon located in Hong Kong is considered a special area among them. It is not by chance called the Fortress City. That's a real city within a city that for hundreds of years hasn't obeyed to the authorities and has been entirely run by a mafia. In 1994, all the inhabitants of the district were resettled, and some of the old buildings were demolished. At the same time, several historical constructions survived. Today, absolutely everyone can stroll along the deserted area.

Kowloon Walled City, China Even 30 years ago, tens of thousands of people were living in Kowloon. The area was considered criminal one. The main means of income of local residents were drug trafficking, prostitution, and gambling. Hong Kong residents called this place it the City of Darkness. In the 70s of the last century, the Walled City was the most densely populated settlement on the planet. The area is very small; its length was only 213 meters, and width was 126 meters.

Surprisingly, this tiny piece of land was inhabited by about 50 000 people. It housed more than 1 000 small factories, shops and schools, as well as a kindergarten, and even a nursing home. It was decided to settle an area because of the high crime situation. Today it's territory is occupied by the park. One of the first journalists who made the Kowloon area world famous, was Greg Gerard. He made a series of spectacular photographs of abandoned buildings. Today, many tourists come to Hong Kong specifically to take a walk on the roofs of the abandoned area and look into old houses that have been very lively until recently. Next - San Juan Parangaricutiro Church

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Kowloon Walled City - interactive map

Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'JETCO - 90 Nga Tsin Wai Road' located in 0.37 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'DCH Motor Leasing 大昌行汽車租賃' is located in 2 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Shell Gas Station' in 0.46 km
Parking: 'Mei Tung Estate Car Park' in 0.18 km
Police station: 'Wong Tai Sin District Police Headquarters and Wong Tai Sin Police Station' in 0.99 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Yee Hing Cafe' in 0.09 km
Railway station: 'Kowloon Station' in 4.21 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Chek Lap Kok Airport HKG - in 28 km
 »  Bao'an Airport SZX - in 51 km
 »  Macau Airport MFM - in 64 km
 »  Baiyun Airport CAN - in 148 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Kowloon Walled City

Bridal Tea House Hotel Tokwawan

Located in 0 km from Kowloon Walled City
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Rooms: 56
The fully air-conditioned guestrooms at Tokwawan Bridal Tea feature modern interiors with wooden floorings. Each room is equipped with a minibar, … More: photo, rates and booking
"Pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon"

Located in 1 km from Kowloon Walled City
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Rooms: 695
This modern building is located just an 8-minute walk to Plaza Hollywood and Diamond Hill MTR Station. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is … More: photo, rates and booking
The Royal Palace Hotel

Located in 2 km from Kowloon Walled City
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Rooms: 6
Decorated in shades of bright blue, each air-conditioned room is fitted clean linen sheets and a TV. The en suite bathrooms include hot/cold shower … More: photo, rates and booking
West Hotel

Located in 3 km from Kowloon Walled City
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Rooms: 114
Fitted with free Wi-Fi, all guestrooms are fitted with a desk and a cable TV. The en suite bathroom is equipped with a shower. Wired internet access … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

WET Pool
4 km - WET Pool
From the series 'Most Scary Swiiming Pools'

The original WET Pool is available to guests of the designer W Hong Kong hotel. It was equipped on an open platform. It seems completely unreliable at first glance. There are no high ledges in this pool. A lot of people swim in the pool. Water literally splashes over …
Swallow Nest in Hong Kong Restaurants
5 km - Swallow Nest in Hong Kong Restaurants
Those who prefer the most expensive and exquisite delicacies have to taste a soup of swallow nests in China. A special kind of nest of swifts - swiftlets - is used to cook a delicacy. These birds build their nests in a special way; they form them out of saliva, which …
Lippo Centre
6 km - Lippo Centre
Lippo Office Center is located in Hong Kong. It is also a striking example of the postmodern style. It is a complex of two towers. One of them has 48 floors, the other – 44. The highest of the two towers of the complex has a height of 186 meters. The author of the …
Repulse Bay
10 km - Repulse Bay
In Hong Kong is the infamous beach Repulse Bay - one of the most polluted and dangerous beaches on earth. At the beginning of the 20th century active construction was carried out on the territory close to the coast. All waste from construction sites was thrown into the …
Tai Long Wan
22 km - Tai Long Wan
In China, there is also a beautiful beach, the way to becoming an unforgettable adventure. It is the beach Tai Long Wan. The fact that one of the most man-made beaches in the world is in Hong Kong seems just unbelievable. The beach is located in the bay of the same …
Grand Lisboa
68 km - Grand Lisboa
'The Giant Pineapple' skyscraper located in Macau is one of the highest hotels in China. If you look at the skyscraper, you immediately understand its name. The hotel really reminds of a huge pineapple and is surrounded by lush palms and other tropical trees. …

Top destination around Kowloon Walled City - Hong Kong City

If you want to relax in a peaceful setting and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding nature, head to Hong Kong Park that is located not far from Pacific Place Shopping Mall. This park is not distinguished by large size as it is surrounded by lively city streets and has an amazingly calm and peaceful atmosphere. On any time of the year, this park is a wonderful place to escape from city stress, relax in the shade of old trees or sit near the artificial pond with goldfish and cute turtles. There is a small museum in the territory of the park, the exhibition of which is dedicated to the national kitchenware.
Travelers with older children are recommended to head to Honk Kong Geopark. There are as many as eight unique geologic areas on the island in total, and all of them are protected by UNESCO. These areas are famous for their unique geologic formations. During an excursion there, travelers will see unusual arcs that were created by nature, columns of unusual shapes that appeared millions of years ago as a result of volcanic activity.

When you’re in a mood to look at the city from the bird’s eye view, it’s time to go for a walk to the central haven. This area is famous for its magnificent Ferris wheel, a ride on which will please both children and adults. Many experienced travelers recommend making a ride on the Ferris wheel at noon, when sun rays reflect from the surrounding skyscrapers, creating a truly impressive view. The wheel makes three full turns within 20 minutes, and that time is enough to enjoy the magnificent panorama of Hong Kong.
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