Hong Kong Is Introducing A New Floating Destination

Hong Kong is transforming part of the former Kai Tak Airport’s runway into a floating public space with stunning scenery.

The old runway will soon be turned into a place called Park Peninsula, an integrated destination that will be offering its visitors world-class services in various fields such as sports, hotel, tourism, and commercial facilities.

The to-be Peninsula. Image from Kai Tak Runway Private Development Company Limited

This project was executed following Hong Kong Government’s plan called “Energising Kowloon East”, in which nine property developers, namely Chinachem Group, China Overseas, Empire Group Holdings, Far East Consortium, Henderson Land, K. Wah International, New World Development, Sun Hung Kai Properties and Wheelock Properties, join hands to establish a non-profit private company named "Kai Tak Runway Private Development Company Limited".

These companies share a mutual vision of transforming the old airway into Hong Kong’s second Central Business District (CBD), alongside its current one.

The plan is to develop a destination that offers a great variety of high-end services, such as leisure, dining, shopping, etc. in Hong Kong - the Park Peninsula, situated on the bay of the former Kai Tak Airport runway.

An elite area ringed by the sea

Park Peninsula redefines a new comprehensive and diversified destination in the lively and cosmopolitan Hong Kong with the aim of providing a sustainable and enjoyable living experience. It is Hong Kong's largest green area and is more than twice as large as Victoria Park. It is surrounded by around 450,000 sqm of recreational spaces, namely Metro Park, Kai Tak Sky Garden, Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Park, Kai Tak Runway Park, and Kai Tak Sports Park, etc. Neighboured by the Kai Tak River, Park Peninsula will have a remarkable 11km beachfront promenade and a 13km route for both pedestrians and cyclists that connects the Kwun Tong Typhoon Shelter and the surrounding districts.

The most inclusive complex in Hong Kong yet

Park Peninsula is constructed on a place that’s strategically chosen for maximum development potential. Located beside the Kai Tak Water Sports Centre, the complex is provided with a superb variety of water sports, namely rowing, kayaking, dragon boating, etc. aside from the numerous facilities that the complex already has.

The new point of convergence

Park Peninsula’s location isn’t just meant for leisure and tourism purposes, it was also meant to be a new business centre for Hong Kong. With the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal just around the corner, Park Peninsula is expected to act as a new CBD for Hong Kong, driving the economic growth by providing job opportunities as well as attracting investment and tourism.

Furthermore, Park Peninsula will be optimised with various linkage systems in order to provide maximum connectivity, with elevated walkways, travelators, cyclist bridge, alongside conventional transportations such as buses, minibuses, etc, connecting vital hubs like Central, West Kowloon, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hung Hom, Kowloon Bay, and Kai Tak.

With all of these in mind, Park Peninsula is lining up to be one of the most comprehensive new destinations of Hong Kong yet.

Khoa Pham

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