Kowloon Tong history: Hong Kong’s original garden city and its unusual path

When you step off the train at Kowloon Tong, you enter a different Hong Kong. The skyscrapers are gone, replaced by low-slung houses surrounded by greenery and walls. Wide, curving streets sweep up to the Lion Rock Hill, which looms over the neighbourhood like a sentinel. Narrow lanes lead to surprising gardens where palm trees and acacias emerge from well-tended lawns. This is a suburban version of Hong Kong – a garden city built as an alternative to the teeming streets nearby. After the…

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