Translated as “Potato Bay”, To Kwa Wan is a historic Hong Kong neighbourhood that hugs the shores of Kowloon Bay. It combines residential towers with bustling commercial areas and a scenic waterfront park, as well as an artists’ hub that occupies a former industrial complex.
Things to do in To Kwa Wan
In the heart of To Kwa Wan is the Tin Hau Temple, which was built in 1885 by Hakka villagers and dedicated to the goddess of the sea. While it once enjoyed waterfront views, decades of land reclamation mean this green-roofed temple is now hidden amidst the suburb’s hustle and bustle. It is still an important place of worship for local devotees who come to make offerings to Tin Hau.
Overlooking the waterfront of To Kwa Wan is Hoi Sham Park, a former island that features an ornate pavilion, landscaped garden beds and recreational fields. Pray for a blissful love life at Fishtail Rock and stretch your legs along one of the walking trails while enjoying the sweeping views across Kowloon Bay towards the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Park. Adjacent is the King Wan Street Playground where youngsters can let off some steam.
Art enthusiasts shouldn’t miss a visit to the Cattle Depot Artist Village, a collection of red brick buildings that once served as a slaughterhouse and have now been converted into artist studios and galleries. Admire the Chinese tiled roofs of the traditional Arts and Crafts-style architecture, then visit the Play Depot where artists engage with the local community.
Getting around To Kwa Wan
To Kwa Wan is a 20-minute drive from Central and 40 minutes from Hong Kong International Airport. Buses connect To Kwa Wan to destinations across Hong Kong and travel throughout the suburb. Most of the area’s attractions are within walking distance of one another.