Kowloon City

High-rise ruling swells costs

General view of East Kowloon Area including Mong Kok and Kowloon City. Many sites in Hong Kong are subject to government leases with restrictive covenants, such as those allowing "not more than one house" to be built on them. Photo: SCMP

Developers wishing to replace houses with high-rises will in many cases have to pay a land premium after a game-changing ruling from the city's top court. The ruling could result in billions of dollars being added to the government's coffers.

Tuesday, 14 May, 2013, 4:29am

Driver causes chaos on streets of Kowloon City

The driver pictured on video after crashing into a minibus.

A man who drove against the traffic to evade an officer caused mayhem in Kowloon City yesterday morning, hitting four vehicles before abandoning his car and taking off on foot.

The 31-year-old owner of the car was later arrested in Kwai Tsing, but it was unclear whether he was the same man driving the car earlier, police said.

9 Apr 2013 - 3:51am 3 comments

Q & A with our experts, March 6, 2013

Louis Chan

Q: My employer pays me a monthly rental allowance of over HK$10,000 and I am entitled to this for two more years. I have been using it to rent an apartment, but as property prices keep climbing, I am thinking about buying. Should I give up the rental allowance now or wait till later?

7 May 2015 - 12:50pm

Sino Land to sell The Avery units from HK$4 million next week

Victor Tin (2nd from left), associate director of Sino Land says the firm will offer an initial batch of 30 flats at The Avery in the first stage. Photo: Dickson Lee

The Avery, at 16 Hau Wong Road, will have 78 flats on 24 storeys. Forty are studio units and 38 are one-bedroom units. Typical flat sizes range between 313 and 439 sq ft in terms of gross floor area. Eight flats are special units with a roof top or garden.

16 Feb 2013 - 4:30am

Kowloon City: from 'den of evil' to lush gardens

 A shop sells Thai spices - many Thais have moved into the area. Photo: May Tse

Growing up in the Kowloon Walled City, Albert Ng Kam-po and his friends would go to the roof and fly kites that could almost scrape the bellies of airliners as they descended to Kai Tak airport across the street.

"We didn't know it was so dangerous," says Ng, 45, a pastor at the English-speaking Island Evangelical Community Church in Quarry Bay.

10 Jul 2013 - 10:17am

Lump of concrete facade all that remains of Eastern Cotton Mills

This is all that remains of the Eastern Cotton Mills in Kowloon. Photo: Dickson Lee

A lump of concrete standing in the middle of a construction site on Mok Cheong Street in Kowloon is all that is left of the Eastern Cotton Mills, one of the largest spinning factories set up in post-war Hong Kong.

10 Dec 2012 - 4:59am

Ma Tau Wai traffic lanes to close for work on rail line

Half the lanes of a 300-metre section of Ma Tau Wai Road in Kowloon City will be closed from next month while an underground station is built for the Sha Tin to Central rail link.

The MTR said two to three lanes would be closed at a time during the four-year, three-stage construction of the 320-metre station 30 metres below the surface.

15 Nov 2012 - 4:12am

Calls for more flats at Kai Tak spark ventilation fears

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying visits the Kai Tak development site. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Air ventilation in Kowloon City and its neighbouring districts will become as bad as Mong Kok and Yau Ma Tei if the government adds more flats at Kai Tak, a former government adviser fears.

Edward Ng Yan-yung, a professor of architecture at Chinese University, gave advice on the development of the site of the former airport during the early planning stages.

26 Oct 2012 - 4:16am

Kowloon City, Yau Tsim Mong top list of idling-engine black spots

Ninety-two streets have been identified as black spots for vehicles with idling engines, with Kowloon City and Yau Tsim Mong the districts most affected, environment officials say.

Many of these streets are near schools, tourist spots and bays for loading and unloading goods.

25 Oct 2012 - 3:17am 1 comment

Q&A With Our Experts, September 12, 2012

Cookie Wong

Q: I live in Sha Tin but plan to move closer to my daughter's school in Kowloon City. I would like to buy a two-bedroom flat in districts such as Kowloon City or To Kwa Wan. My budget is less than HK$4 million but I don't want to buy a flat in an old housing estate. Could you give me some suggestions?

28 Oct 2013 - 11:39am

Residents help to pick areas for revamp in Kowloon City

Three dilapidated areas in Kowloon City covering about 30 streets have been identified as priority redevelopment zones under a plan backed by residents and district councillors.

The zones have been chosen under a new redevelopment policy under which communities are encouraged to get involved in selection rather than being dictated to by the Urban Renewal Authority.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm

CHIC and luxurious

Chic apartments in convenient locations are selling like hot cakes at premium prices, as investors target single-block luxury flats.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm

Artist captures the fairytale of Kai Tak

It is 14 years this month since the last plane rolled down the runway at Kai Tak, yet memories of jumbo jets thundering low over the mountains and tenements of Kowloon before landing on the edge of the harbour still send a shiver down the spines of Hongkongers and aviation fans.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Property Digest

Clear downturn in global home prices, survey finds

30 May 2012 - 12:00am

From plane fare to deli heaven

Kowloon City's grid of seven skyscraper-less streets is packed with tempting restaurants, groceries and delicatessens, making it a foodies' paradise.

In the era of Kai Tak International Airport, the district was better known for its Chiu Chow and Thai restaurants. As the area has become slightly more gentrified, the flavour has become more international.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am