Most expatriates prefer to living on the Island side than elsewhere in Hong Kong for its short distance to the CBD district.
But with dozens of companies moving to decentralised but high-quality office space in Kowloon East, expatriates are starting to rent an apartment there with more living space at a lower rental rate.
A Facelift of Kowloon East
Scheduled to be the next commercial hub in Hong Kong, Kowloon East has seen a new landscape with the launch of a series of regeneration projects. Blocks of office towers are planned to build up within the area, along with hotels, residences, leisure and sports facilities.
The nearby districts including Sun Po Kong, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon City, Kowloon Bay and Kwun Tong are bound to undergo gentrification. It is not known whether the change will bring a well-balanced neighborhood or just another concrete forest for the residents in the areas. But in the meanwhile, there still exists an urban oasis for the dwellers to ease the stress of life just a few steps away from Yau Tong. The place is called Devil’s Peak.
The name Devil’s Peak came from the myth that a bunch of brutal pirates once lived there dating back to the Qing Dynasty.
But Devil’s Peak is not as haunting as its name suggests. it actually has high historical significance as testimony to how British soldiers defended Hong Kong against the Japanese invasion in the mid-20th century. You will come across war-time weapons like obsolete fortresses, cannons and batteries around the hill. Because of these military relics, the official name of the hill is Pau Toi Shan (literally means fortress in Chinese).
If you look for a mild climb or easy hike in the outskirts of Kowloon East, look no further to Devil’s Peak. Situated between Yau Tong and Tseung Kwan O with 222 meters high, the hill overlooks the Victoria Harbor in the southwest, and Lee Yue Mun, Tseung Kwan O, Clear Water Bay and the Tung Lung Island in the southeast. Looking from atop, the variety in building style of Hong Kong is stunning.
How to get there?
From Yau Tong MTR Station, get to Pik Wan Road alongside the Yau Tong Service Reservoir Playground. Walk uphill towards Wilson Trail (Section 3) before reaching the Pau Toi Shan path. You can follow the “Lei Yue Mun” sign and descend to Lei Yue Mun on your return. It takes around three hours.
What’s new in Yau Tong?
Yau Tong was once a major industrial area. It wasn’t until the 1990s that the area was given an official approval to develop into a comprehensive development area. Yau Tong Bay Development is one of the highlights of the whole project. However, the controversial reclamation issue has postponed the deadline for completion.
Latest Residential Projects
Located at 9 Shung Yiu Street, Peninsula East by Wheelock Properties is the latest residential project in the neighborhood. It features 256 units with two-, three- and four-room layouts.