The CityU Neighborhood is more than just Festival Walk!

I don’t know what you think about the CityU neighborhood. “There’s just Festival Walk” is what I often hear, but if you ask me, I’ll say “you don’t know this place, bro”. Seek out the following hidden gems, and then when you’re back in your hometown, you can pride yourself for being in the know about exclusive experiences in Hong Kong.

Suggested itinerary
Running > SCAD > JCCAC > Sunset
PS: Feel free to stuff as many meals into the itinerary (given that Hong Kong is such a food paradise!)

Stop 1: Running route: Shek Kip Mei <-> Kowloon Tong
Admit it. A treadmill can be a dreadmill (particularly when you’ve forgotten your music player!). Running nowhere with the dull sight of walls or mirrors and the monotonous noise of fitness equipment. Why not treat yourself to something more enjoyable and maybe challenging? Start at the Jockey Club Centre for the Blind and end up at the CityU Nam Shan Cheun Road Entrance, which leads you back to AC1. The slopes are there awaiting for you. You’ll have to cross no roads anywhere on the route.

Running route:

Street Name Places you'll pass by
Nam Cheong Street

- Jockey Club Centre for the Blind

- HKSYCIA Wong Tai Shan Memorial College
- Shek Kip Mei Park Sports Centre

Cornwall Street

- Baptist Oasis English Kindergarten
- Hong Kong Baptist Mr. & Mrs Au Shue Hung Rehabilitation & Healthcare Home
- CMC on opposite road
- Shek Kip Mei Park Tennis Court
- Bridge connecting AC3 and the residence halls

Tat Chee Avenue - AC2 & AC3

To Yuen Street - To Yuen Building
Tai Hang Tung Road

- CityU Nam Shan Chuen Road Entrance

Stop 2: SCAD Hong Kong
I bet few non-local students have had a peek at the old-style courts and detention cells of Hong Kong. The former North Kowloon Magistracy, which has become the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), is open to the public and offers a free tour of the elegant heritage site in both English and Cantonese every weekday and on the third Saturday of every month to fill you in on any old stories you may wish to hear. Constructed in neo-classical style back in the 1950s, the building has been recognised by UNESCO for its outstanding restoration work. Book a tour today, and the solemnity of the courts and mysteries of the detention cells will unfold in front of you.

Stop 3: JCCAC
The JCCAC (a.k.a. Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, in case you want to know) is a hub of the creative and cultural industries, and it existed long before the renowned PMQ. Like PMQ, it houses the studios of many different kinds of artists and hosts exhibitions and other events from time to time. Unlike PMQ, it is where you can really get in touch with the artists (or most of the time anyway; you can’t expect artists to stay in their studios every day, right?). Whilst PMQ targets customers who can afford higher prices, the JCCAC is more approachable for the general public. It also holds a craft market every season, gathering local artists who showcase and sell their products, although the JCCAC isn’t just about handicrafts. It also hosts themed flea markets of other themes to offer. The latest one was about photographic equipment. Free studio tours are also available during the flea markets.

Stop 4: Sunset @Garden Hill
Garden Hill is conveniently located in Shek Kip Mei – perfect for those on the go who are swamped with work. Some people say its formal name is Woh Chai Hill (as it’s near Woh Chai Street), and others call it Shek Kip Mei Back Mountain (probably because it’s at the border of Shek Kip Mei), but you may want to use the local name, Garden Mountain, which comes from the name of the bakery factory farther down the mountain. One of the cool things about it is that you’ll find hardly any tourists there, which means that so far it remains a very local place. A long staircase leads you to the top, so it will work for you even if you’re not an experienced hiker. You don’t necessarily need to go to the very top for a nice sunset view. There’s a flat space on your left near the top, where you can feast your eyes on a stunning bird’s eye view. Beware of stray dogs, though. They can be aggressive when they see a camera (even without a flash), according to one hiker.

This is but a beginning to your exploration of your neighbourhood. There’re much more local pleasures hidden from the surface. Discover, experience and you’ll have your own tales to tell.