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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