New developments offer a fresh take on one of Hong Kong’s most famous areas.
Quintessentially Hong Kong
Kowloon City has long held a fascination for Hong Kong people, often for its significance to the city’s history and culture. Ask local residents about the area and they may recall times spent in its large selection of Thai or Chiu Chow restaurants. Or perhaps they will cite tales of the Kowloon Walled City, a semi-ungoverned settlement that was cleared and knocked down in the early nineties. Most certainly they will speak of the memorable Kai Tak airport, infamous for the world’s most hair-raising landings.
A true joy of this area are the secret hideaways around every corner. Hong Kong Treasure on Tak Ku Ling Road offers vintage clothing and accessories in the most unlikely of settings. The old Kowloon Walled City has been transformed into an attractive traditional park featuring some of the settlement’s old structures. Nearby Kowloon Tsai Park is great to stroll and relax in, and is noticeable for “Checkerboard Hill”, the signal for pilots to turn for landing at the old airport.
A rebrand in the making
Nowadays, new developments have begun to re-imagine the images of old. Kowloon City is upping its luxury credentials: joining Emperor Group’s The Prince Place and New World Development’s Prince Ritz on Prince Edward Road West are new Chinachem developments in the area. These include Billionaire Luxe on Hau Wong Road/Nga Tsin Wai Road, Billionaire Avant on Nga Tsin Long Road, and an upcoming luxury project on Inverness Road.
For foodies, there are more options to consider. Previously known to chocolate addicts as Awfully Chocolate (with excellent cake and ice cream), Black As Chocolate on Nga Tsin Wai Road is winning converts to its dark and delightful cakes. Olso on Nam Kok Road is another favourite for Western cuisine.
The future is bright
The arrival of the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal on the old airport site signals the start of Hong Kong’s “CBD2” - providing 26m sq ft of office space over the next 10 to 15 years. This includes the development of 40,000 public and private housing units to create a “Smart City” in Kowloon East, which along with upcoming MTR stations at Kai Tak, To Kwa Wan and Ma Tau Wai, adds to the area’s already enormous prospects to develop.
When you consider some of the city’s most famous educational institutions, including La Salle College, Maryknoll Convent School and King George V School, are just around the corner, the area has extra appeal. If luxury developments continue to grow, Kowloon City might become one of the hottest places to be for parents and young professionals.