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Kowloon Tong (Chinese: 九龍塘) is an area of Hong Kong located in Kowloon West. The majority of the area is in the Kowloon City District. It is located south of Beacon Hill, north of Boundary Street, east of Shek Kip Mei, and west of Kowloon Tsai and Lok Fu. It is an expensive, low density and quiet residential district, with housing comprising mainly bungalows and villas. It is popular among the upper class in the city because it has many prestigious schools. In addition, this area is noted for its love hotels and nursing homes. Within Kowloon West, it is administratively divided between Kowloon City District and Sham Shui Po District.

Kowloon Tong
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Kowloon Tong
Traditional Chinese 九龍塘
Simplified Chinese 九龙塘
North part of Kowloon Tong. Lion Rock is visible in the background.

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LandmarksEdit

 
Festival Walk in Kowloon Tong.
 
Tat Chee Avenue

Notable landmarks in Kowloon Tong include:

HistoryEdit

Kowloon Tong was originally a small village located in present-day Police Sport Association near Boundary Street, south of Woh Chai Hill. Extensive cultivation was possible in the fertile lands formed by rivers running down from Beacon Hill.

In the 1920s, the Hong Kong Government decided to develop the land of east of Kowloon Tong and Kowloon Tsai on both sides of Kowloon–Canton Railway into a low density residential area based on the British model. The residential area is thus known as Kowloon Tong. The area is well-planned, and the broad roads and streets are largely named after counties in England. It was the home of a large number of wealthy English businessmen.

Over the years, the proper location of Kowloon Tong and Kowloon Tsai have been forgotten. The name of Kowloon Tsai is preserved in the hill west of the former village of Kowloon Tsai. Currently, luxurious houses in or around La Salle Road, Kadoorie Avenue and Oxford Road sell for 100 million HKD.[when?] It is home to many celebrities, billionaires, movie-stars and CEOs.[citation needed]

Kowloon Tong is notoriously remembered as the site of martial artist Bruce Lee's death on Friday, July 20, 1973.

MediaEdit

The two biggest radio companies in Hong Kong, Commercial Radio Hong Kong and Radio Television Hong Kong, are both located in Broadcast Drive, Kowloon Tong. Minibus route 29A serves Broadcast Drive from MTR Kowloon Tong Station.

EducationEdit

TransportEdit

Kowloon Tong is served by the MTR's East Rail Line and Kwun Tong Line at Kowloon Tong Station. Passengers may change here between the two lines. The stretch of Waterloo Road through Kowloon Tong forms part of Hong Kong's Route 1. It leads into the Lion Rock Tunnel, and as such serves as an important artery for traffic heading into and out of the New Territories (in particular Sha Tin). Yau Ma Tei is also accessible via Waterloo Road.

StreetsEdit

Streets in Kowloon Tong include:

Private housingEdit

SchoolsEdit

Kindergarten
International schools
Primary schools
  • Alliance Primary School, Kowloon Tong
  • Kowloon Tong Government Primary School
  • Kowloon Tong School (Primary School)
Secondary schools

See alsoEdit