Escape from the Crowds
Need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city? It’s incredibly easy to find somewhere to relax in Kwun Tong. The picture to the right shows a quaint, grassy area with benches and a small exercise park. Located only steps from The Wave, this is a perfect spot to enjoy lunch and get some fresh air. There are several other small parks close to the office as well. They are designed to be a place for locals and workers to sit and take a breather from the sometimes overwhelming nature of Hong Kong. I personally never want to be in the humidity for too long and with my busy workday, I prefer convenience over walking 20 minutes to take my break in a larger green area. Therefore, I think the park setup in Kwun Tong perfectly fits with the district’s productive yet tireless work ethic.
I have to mention one of my favorite spots to visit: The Kwun Tong Promenade. The harbor front used to be the location of several waste paper recycling companies, until a few years ago when it was transformed into a lovely boardwalk. Today it is a popular attraction for people looking to take a stroll, go for a run or have an outdoor lunch break. I like to sit and enjoy the absolutely beautiful view of the harbor. Apparently the promenade is also worth visiting at night to see the skyline and the art sculptures on the boardwalk lit up with colorful spotlights. It is on my agenda to see this after work one night before I leave Hong Kong.
Color and Creativity
The large spaces of the old factory buildings in the district have attracted many local artists. However, if you don’t have time to visit their galleries and studios, a simple stroll through the neighborhood will suffice. As you walk through the narrow side streets, your attention will be drawn to the colorful graffiti that decorates the alleyways. Full-sized murals are scattered through Kwun Tong as well, on the backs and sides of the looming industrial buildings. These various artworks add vibrancy to the area. Pedestrians on their way to work or journeying to grab lunch can look at the creative designs and distract themselves from daily assignments for a little while. In my opinion, the artwork transforms the district’s historical landscape and work-driven culture into a youthful and fun atmosphere.