After it was evacuated and torn down in the late 1980s, the area cleansed itself by turning the site into a traditional park complete with ponds, lush greenery and pavilions. Now known as Kowloon Walled City Park, it is open to tourists as well as locals who desire a rest from the city. Having heard about it every so often, and yes even on the History Channel, we made the trek to the park to settle our curiosity. Now that sunlight can once again reach this patch of land, the area is a lush tropical garden dotted with historical remnants of the Walled City's foundations. It is most definitely a worthwhile jaunt from the modern sterility of Hong Kong proper.
How to get there: From Tsim Sha Tsui or Central, take the MTR blue line north and switch to the red line at Mong Kok. Continue north on the red line and alight at the stop Lok Fu. From here, it is about a 10-minute walk past the Christian cemetery on the hill (also worth a look). Plan to spend about an hour walking around the entire garden, and we recommend re-reading the story of the site while you are there to really drive home the creepy history.
[Walled City photo: Mirage.Studio7]