MTR 180: CHOI HUNG, DIAMOND HILL & WONG TAI SIN
Markets, housing estates, temples and parks....
Only a few of the several hundred thousand people who pass it every day are aware of its existence, but the Ngau Chi Wan Market market
above Choi Hung MTR Station is quite a gem. In addition to the usual array of butchers, fishmongers, bakers, vegetable sellers and household
goods stores, its lanes also houses a good number of small dim sum restaurants crammed with the residents of the nearby housing estates
and their birds….
Before crossing the busy Lung Cheung Road, we make a small detour to visit the popular Sam Shan Kwok Wong temple located opposite the
former RAF Kai Tak base. Next we stroll through the colourful and surprisingly quiet Choi Hung Estate on our way towards Diamond Hill. It is
only a short walk, but there is plenty to look at en route. Undoubtedly, though, the main atractions are the Chi Lin Nunnery and the magnificent
Nan Lian Garden. Founded in 1934 but rebuilt in in the 1990s, the Chi Lin Nunnery follows the style of Tang Dynasty traditional Chinese
architecture. The present-day buildings are wood frame buildings built without the use of any iron nails.
A joint project of the Chi Lin Nunnery and the Hong Kong Government, the classical Chinese Nan Lian Garden covers an area of 3.5 hectares
and was designed in a Tang Dynasty-style with hills, water features, trees, rocks and wooden structures. Strolling around this tranquil oasis,
it is hard to imagine that, only a few years ago, this was one of Hong Kong’s largest squatter towns. However, we do have the pictures to
Located atop Diamond Hill MTR Station, Plaza Hollywood is not bad as far as generic Hong Kong malls go, but we will forego the shopping for
now and head towards the parks and temples of Wong Tai Sin.
While the quaint Fung Tak Park and its wall murals based on the adventures of the Monkey King is known only to the people in the
neighbourhood, the Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin temple is a stop on almost all organised bus tours of Kowloon, so the crowds can be
impressive, but so is the temple. Thus, we will have a good look around before exploring the rest of Wong Tai Sin, including – time permitting
– the recreational facilities of Morse Park.
The walk ends at Wong Tai Sin MTR Station at 12:30 giving you the choice between catching the train home or grabbing lunch at one of the
small bargain-priced restaurants of the Wong Tai Sin Estate.
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