Kwun Tong is located at East Kowloon and is known as an industrial area. Therefore, not a lot people will think of going to Kwun Tong for sightseeing. However, it’s a popular place for foodies and photographers.
In recent years, Hong Kong government is re-developing Kwun Tong as a business district. Those old buildings that could refurbish have already refurbished, those couldn’t refurbish have already demolished. Moreover, the Hong Kong government has selected East Kowloon to run the “Smart City” concept and hence, there will be more development projects in Kwun Tong moving forward.
This will also mean that more old garages and warehouses, old industrial buildings, and old flats will be disappeared from Kwun Tong. At the same time, there will be more landscaping projects at Kwun Tong. One of the completed landscaping projects is the Kwun Tong Promenade that is next to Kwun Tong Ferry Pier.
Kwun Tong Promenade is known as a waterfront park and is built on the site of former Kwun Tong Public Cargo Working Area that was home to many waste paper recycling businesses. The waterfront park has wooden walkway, lawn, amphitheater, plaza, and a landmark tower. The design of the tower was inspired by the waste paper bundles, but the design was then unveiled by netizen as an art plagiarism and the tower itself was chosen as one of the worst landmarks in Hong Kong.
However, the tower is quite beautiful after it lights up with garish lights at night. Every 30 minutes from 6pm to 10pm at the plaza surrounding the tower, there will be a music lighting show with mists of water droplets emitted from ground. I personally think that the lighting show is just so so, not as attractive as the sunset view and the panorama night view of Victoria Harbour in front of the park.
The Kwun Tong Promenade is just opposite Victoria Harbour, part of the view has blocked by Kai Tak Ferry Pier, but the view it still not bad. Besides Tsim Sha Tsui, Kwun Tong is another option to view Victoria Harbour. Of course, the best view is at Kai Tak Ferry Pier since there are no obstacles to view the beautiful harbor. The point is Kwun Tong is quieter than Tsim Sha Tsui, not many visitors there, so anyone can walk freely and take photos easily.
The Kwun Tong Public Pier has ferry to cross to Hong Kong Island, but the ferry goes to North Point and Sai Wan Ho, not Central and Wan Chai. To North Point, it only costs HK$ 5 one way, takes about 15 minutes to reach. Best time to view Kowloon and Hong Kong Island from the ferry is during evening time. I personally like to go to North Point as I can walk to the Michelin star dim sum restaurant, Tim Ho Wan, to eat the famous baked char siew pau, or walk to Chun Yeung Street that popular with tram across the wet market. If you want to go to Causeway Bay or Central, can simply take the tram from North Point, it only costs HK$ 2.30 one way.
- 巴士：有很多线的巴士都去观塘海滨花园，包括11D、15A、15P、23、74X、80、80P、80X、83X、93A、268C或269C线，可到香港康乐及文化事务署的官网查看 http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/tc/parks/ktp/access.html
- 渡轮： 从北角或西湾河有渡轮到观塘，大约每半小时一班，从北角过来观塘5元，从西湾河过来是9元。每周六和周日，渡轮都有去启德邮轮码头。
- MTR: Get off at Kwun Tong station, exit from B2 to Hoi Yuen Road, walk about 10 minutes to reach Kwun tong Public Pier, then turn right and walk about 2 to 3 minutes will reach to the waterfront park. Or get off at Ngau Tau Kok station, exit from B6 to Hoi Bun Road, walk about 5 minutes will reach to the waterfront park, turn left and walk another 10 minutes to the pier from waterfront park.
- Bus: There are a lot of buses depart to Kwun Tong Promenade, including bus number 11D, 15A, 15P, 23, 74X, 80, 80P, 80X, 83X, 93A, 268C, or 269C. For details, please visit the official website of Leisure and Cultural Services Department of Hong Kong at http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/parks/ktp/access.html
- Ferry: There are ferries from North Point or Sai Wan Ho to Kwun Tong, about every 30 minutes once, HK$ 5 from North Point and HK$ 9 from Sai Wan Ho. The ferry only goes to Kai Tak Ferry Pier every Saturday and Sunday.