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Kai Tak Airport

This establishment, which was the former international airport of Hong Kong, was closed in 1998 after the opening of the new Chek Lap Kok Airport. There are plans to demolish this old airport to make way for huge shopping malls, tower blocks, and a large park.

Kowloon City

The city is best explored by foot, beginning at Lok Fu MTR Station. One should walk up Wang Tau Hom East Road to Junction Road, turn left, and continue west. Along Junction Road is the Chinese Christian Cemetery on the left. This cemetery is filled with graves stacked up on concrete terraces, which acts as a reminder of the lack of space in Hong Kong. A colonist village dwells just opposite the cemetery.

Hau Wong Temple

Adjoining the colonist village is the tiny Hau Wong Temple with ancient roof tiles and incense spirals hanging from the rafters. The temple was built in 1730 to commemorate Yang Liang Jie, a loyal and courageous general of the exiled Song Dynasty's boy-emperor Ping. The general's birthday is celebrated on the 16th day of the sixth month on the lunar calendar. A medium in the temple interprets the advice of Hau Wong by means of kay fook or praying for god's blessings. The temple is open daily to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kowloon City Walled Park

Before it was destroyed to make way for the present-day park, the Kowloon Walled City was an anomaly of history. The 1840 Qing Dynasty coastal fortress was the only area in Hong Kong not ruled by the British. For eight years, the city remained in an uncertain sovereignty, a lawless effete community, and a bone of conflict between Britain and China.

Presently, the city is an award-winning public park featuring Qing vestiges, giant chessboards, floral walks, bonsai trees, and an almshouse. Admission to the park is free and it is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Wong Tai Sin Temple

A place of worship for all three religions of China (Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism), the Wong Tai Sin Temple is by far the most colorful and popular temple in Kowloon. Dedicated to Wong Tai Sin, a shepherd who earned immortality through his good deeds, the temple is always crowded with visitors hoping to get advice on all matters from the deity. The sound of rattling chim (a container holding dozens of fortune sticks) resounds all day long as people shake them until a single bamboo stick falls out of the container. The sticks are numbered and the one that fell for the fortune seeker will be brought to a fortune-teller at one of the stalls to be interpreted.

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