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Kowloon City

Once synonymous with the cramped, lawless walled city that gave the district its name, Kowloon City was also home to the (in)famous old Kai Tak Airport, whose proximity to high-rise flats and hills made it one of the most notoriously dangerous – but iconic – places to fly. But did you know that the district hosts an impressive four universities, a wonderfully weird ship-shaped shopping centre, and is the best place in Hong Kong to get delicious and authentic Thai food? A high population of Thai residents and businesses has earned Kowloon City the nickname of Little Thailand, and a massive annual water fight is held there to celebrate Songkran, the Thai New Year. On top of that, some of the oldest (and best) Chiu Chow restaurants in the city, a fantastic wet market, and traditional Hong Kong-style cake shops with killer pineapple buns can be found in Kowloon City, making it a veritable haven for foodies. If you’ve got a hunger for something more cultural, why not check out the underrated Cattle Depot Artist Village, a historical slaughterhouse-turned-artist’s commune? It’s cooler than it sounds, we promise.

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