Kowloon Walled City

On our first day back in Canada, we woke up to a snow covered lawn at Kirsten and Bart's house in Toronto. We had purposely timed our arrival for April in an attempt to avoid winter. It appears we escaped with just one day as the snow melted by noon. It has been 8 years since we last visited Kirsten and Bart and conversations in person are so much better than the alternatives. On our way to Toronto we stopped for a week in Hong Kong and a week in Copenhagen, meaning we have some catching up to do on the blog. 

On our first day in Hong Kong we had the pleasure of hanging out with Joshua and Anna who were visiting from Ireland and the UK. We had a superb dim sum lunch, shopped for lenses in Mong Kok, coffee in Wan Chai and dinner with Sharon and Leighton in Causeway Bay. A full on great day. 

On day two Helen and Robert invited us on a trip to see the Kowloon Walled City. Wikipedia has this to say about the walled city: 

Kowloon Walled City was a largely-ungoverned densely-populated settlement in Kowloon City in Hong Kong. Originally a Chinese military fort, the Walled City became an enclave after the New Territories were leased to Britain by China in 1898. Its population increased dramatically following the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during World War II. By 1987, the Walled City contained 33,000 residents within its 2.6-hectare (6.4-acre) borders. From the 1950s to the 1970s, it was controlled by local triads and had high rates of prostitution, gambling and drug abuse.In January 1987, the Hong Kong government announced plans to demolish the Walled City. (Wikipedia Photo).

The Demolition was completed in 1994 and in December of 1995 the Walled City Park was opened. Before we found the walled city park we paid a visit to the Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple and wandered the street in the area. Combined, we have spent more than a couple of months in Hong Kong  and are amazed there is so much more to see and explore. This was an entirely new area of the city to us and want to thank Helen and Robert for the initiative.