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Oasis in the city: Kowloon Park

Kowloon Park is a large public park in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. It has an area of 13.3 hectares (33 acres). The park was formerly the site of the Whitfield Barracks of the British Army, with a former battery (Kowloon West II Battery) in the northwestern part of the Park.The Urban Council redeveloped the site into the Kowloon Park in 1970.



Map of Kowloon Park (Source: Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department)



Entrance to Austin Road.



I saw the four characters of 九龍公園 Kowloon Park) as soon as I arrived.





The Christmas decorations are still preserved.



Christmas decoration in the pool.



Children's Playground - Paved with safety matting to minimize risk of injury, the playground is suitable for children between 2 and 5 years old and between 5 to 12 years old.



I don't know the specific meaning of this totem, does anyone know?



Discovery Playground - The restored fortifications and cannon emplacements on the knoll are transformed into a playground for children under the age of 13.



Castle of Unity



This banyan tree is very strong.








The three gun emplacements in the aera were known ak Kowloon West Battery. The Battery commanded the then British prtion of Kowloon Peninsula out to the entrance to Victoria Harbour between the Stonecutters Island and Green Island.



The jogging track in Kowloon Park, where the air is fresh and suitable for running.



Aviary - The Aviary is comprised of seven planted enclosures which accommodate over 90 birds of 24 species, including Blue & Yellow Macaw, Green-winged Macaw, Victoria Crowned Pigeon, Nicobar Pigeon and others.









The landscaped setting, complemented by arbours, artificial rockeries and waterfalls at the entrance, further enhances the attractiveness of the whole Aviary.





The Bird Lake is comprised of a large Flamingo pond and a small waterfowl pond. Both are landscaped and support a total of over 130 birds of around 5 different species, among which the main attraction is the flamingos. The Bird Lake is famous for its outstanding breeding success with Greater Flamingo.





Located in Kowloon Park, once the site of the British Army's Whitfield Barracks, the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre is housed in two of the old barrack blocks, which were probably built in the late 1890s. It was used from 1983 to 1998 as the temporary premises of the Hong Kong Museum of History. The blocks were restored by the Antiquities and Monuments Office in 2003 and subsequently developed into the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre in 2005. The buildings are now used for heritage education and publicity. Unfortunately, it was temporarily closed during the epidemic.



Bauhinia × blakeana



Bauhinia × blakeana was first discovered in Hong Kong in 1880 and was therefore designated as the city flower of Hong Kong. Since Bauhinia × blakeanais a hybrid plant that cannot reproduce on its own, this means that all Bauhinia × blakeana in Hong Kong is a replica of the Hong Kong Orchid Tree that was first discovered in the wild in 1880 (and the only time it was discovered in the wild).



Fountain



The ornamental garden occupies an area of 40 metres by 20 metres. It is also an active recreational facility.





Water Garden



The entrance of the Chinese garden is full of Chinese style.





Antique Chinese pavilion and lotus pond.





There are also red leaves to watch.





Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars - The Avenue displays painted sculptures of 30 local comic characters in the height of 1.8 to 3 meters, and bronze handprints of 10 distinguished local comic artists to demonstrate the special features of Hong Kong comics for the older generation to recall their childhood memory of favourite comic characters and for the younger generation to experience the uniqueness of Hong Kong comic culture. Tourists may also learn more about the diversity of Hong Kong culture, whilst the Kowloon Park is turned into another scenic spot of creativity. In addition, exhibits on the history, achievements, production processes and the latest development of Hong Kong comics are also staged at the Avenue.



Old Master Q is a popular Hong Kong manhua created by Alfonso Wong. The cartoon first appeared in the newspapers and magazines in Hong Kong on February 3, 1962, and later serialised in 1964. The comic is still in publication today, and is the oldest Asian comic series in publication.



McDull is an anthropomorphic pig cartoon character that was created in Hong Kong by cartoonist Alice Mak and Brian Tse. Although McDull first made his appearance as a supporting character in the McMug comics strips, he has since become a central character in his own right. McDull has featured in several comics, TV shows, and films, and has become extremely popular in Hong Kong and East Asia.



Entrance to Nathan Road in Kowloon Park.



When having fun in Tsim Sha Tsui, you might as well arrange an hour to come to Kowloon Park, which will definitely bring you a different feeling.


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19/01/2021

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