Kowloon Walled City Park

The Kowloon Walled City was a garrison town built by the Qing government as a military outpost in 1847. During the Japanese occupation in 1942-45 the walls were torn and the stone was used to expand the nearby Kai Tak Airport. Following the end of WWII hundreds of thousands of migrants from China turned this area into a slum. In 1987, it was announced the Walled City would be cleared and replaced with a park. The park is built in the classical Jiangnan style and its features include a Garden of the Chinese Zodiac, a Mountain View Pavilion and a Hill Top Pavilion.
Above Left Photo : Archaeological investigations were conducted and revealed foundations of the original South and East Gates were particularly well preserved. The most important discovery was the two stone plaques bearing the characters "South Gate" and "Kowloon Walled City" of the original South Gate.
Above Middle & Right Photos : This part of Kowloon is being redeveloped with more highrises following the closing of Kai Tak Airport in 1998 and the lifting of height restrictions.

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