Hong Kong Drone Gallery - Kai Tak

January 2021

The government has earmarked Kowloon East as Central 2.0, redeveloping its industrial buildings into offices to lure financial companies and their associated professional friends with much cheaper rents. That plan has seen some limited success, with big multinationals such as Manulife, Citibank, and JP Morgan having large operations in the area.

A waterfront promenade extends along most of the office area from Ngau Tau Kok to Kwun Tong.

Residentials are further inland although across the drainage ditch in Kwun Tong, Laguna City enjoys some harbour views.

Kai Tak Airport closed in 1998 and the entire site is still under construction today. At the end of the runway, a cruise terminal opened in 2013 and a park next door opened subsequently with decent but not too frequent bus service from the city.

A Government Flying Service Jetstream 41 is permanently on display at the Kai Tak Runway Park. It served for 17 years from 1999 to 2016.

A nicely-manicured park occupies the roof deck of the terminal, offering spectacular skyline views that are perfect at sunset.

There are plenty of construction sites along the runway, so I expect these views to change drastically in the coming years. The area around the old terminal is more developed as some estates have already been completed.

The skyline view :

November 2021

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