Sites & cities that bear the name of Kowloon City

Kowloon City

Today in : China
First trace of activity : ca. 3rd century B.C.E
Last trace of activity : today
Recorded names : 官富場, Kwun Fu Cheung, 官富场

Description : Kowloon City is a city in Kowloon, Hong Kong. It is administratively part of Kowloon City District. As early as in the Qin dynasty (221 BCE – 206 BCE), Kowloon City was famous for its pearl production. During the Song dynasty (960–1279), Kowloon City was a part of Kwun Fu Cheung (traditional Chinese: 官富場; simplified Chinese: 官富场; pinyin: guān fù chǎng), which was a part of salt yard governed by Chinese officials. Part of the district was the location of the original Kowloon Walled City, erected during the Qing dynasty. This is now Kowloon Walled City Park. The former Kai Tak International Airport was also located in the district. In 1982, Hong Kong was divided into 18 administrative districts, and Kowloon City and its neighbouring areas, such as Hung Hom, now belong to the Kowloon City District. Prior to 1998, a strict building height restriction was imposed in Kowloon City to minimize the hazards of air traffic commuting through the Kai Tak Airport. The closure of Kai Tak as a result of the opening of the new Hong Kong International Airport lifted the height restriction, and more high-rise apartments started to appear. In more recent years, rapid gentrification takes place and new residential skyscrapers have replaced old tong laus.

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