The main attraction in Kowloon is the Walled City. Once a fortified outpost, it was originally built by the Qing Dynasty to check colonial power in Hong Kong. It evolved into a densely packed city-within-a-city and became notoriously lawless after WWII. The city was demolished in the 1980s, and the Kowloon Walled City Park was built in its place.
Other semi-abandoned portions of Kowloon have become attractions in their own right. Before Hong Kong’s new international airport opened in 1998, flights were routed through Kai Tak Airport. Plans are underway to redevelop the airport building into a major commercial plaza with several luxury hotels in Kowloon City.
Kowloon works as an alternative base to Tsim Sha Tsui or Mongkok / Yau Ma Tei. It also houses the Togo Embassy and a few other diplomatic offices. Kowloon MTR is the main metro station in the area, and it connects to the peninsula’s major commercial district in about 20 minutes.
Locals appreciate Kowloon City for its dining districts, and international tourists spending an evening or two here have no problem finding good places to eat. Most of the restaurants serve Cantonese cuisine, but there’s a well-established Thai town with a few excellent options.
Kowloon City mostly appeals to business travelers collaborating with businesses in the area, but there is plenty of interest to tourists who have booked hotels in Kowloon City. Ancient relics in the area include temples and the Sung Wong Toi boulder.