MTR 180: PRINCE EDWARD, KOWLOON TONG & LOK FU
Markets, villas, love hotels and parks....
Starting our walk through the Kowloon / New Territories borderland on Playing Field Road might not be as random as it appears. Indeed, many
a valid argument could be made that this walk mostly explores various play grounds….
The semi-dodgy bars surrounding the Mong Kok Police Station would not have opened yet, so we begin our urban hike by visiting the bustling
and very popular flower and bird markets off Prince Edward Road.
It could be somewhat crowded there, but once we have crossed Boundary Street and entered the New Territories, the pace of life will slow
down allowing us to peacefully explore the diverse offers available in Kowloon Tong; expensive villas, kindergartens, international schools,
private clubs, retirement homes, columbaria and love hotels (incl. Bruce Lee’s old home)….
We could ring the bell of a former CE candidate, but his wife has alledgedly filled in the wine cellar and swimming pool with concrete, so we
will head east to check out an important part of Hong Kong’s aviation history, instead: Passing through Kowloon Tsai Park, we strain our eyes
to make out the famous Checkerboard, which guided many a flight to a safe landing at the old Kai Tak Airport.
Following the flight path, we reach Kowloon City and its slowly changing streetscape. Once the dodgiest place in the country, the Kowloon
Walled City is now a wonderful park. As we no longer have to crouch to let the airplanes through, we will take time out to visit the little
museum there commemorating its infamous past.
The MTR has yet to reach Kowloon City, so we finish the walk by making our way slightly uphill past the Chinese Christian Cemetery and
through yet more recreational parks to Lok Fu.
The walk ends at Lok Fu MTR Station at 12:30 pm giving you a choice of catching a train home or grabbing lunch at a nearby food court.
|... exploring Hong Kong's other side...
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