History of Kowloon, Hong Kong

Updated on December 31, 2018 in Interesting Architectural Stuff 2019

History of Kowloon, Hong Kong

Kowloon city in Hong Kong means nine dragons in Mandarin/Cantonese (dialect). I find the storey behind the name Kowloon (nine dragons) interesting, its goes that some few hundred years ago, a Chinese emperor traveled to this new area and saw eight mountains. The old Chinese belief is that every mountain has a dragon, in honor of these 8 dragons, the emperor wanted to name this place as fakloon (eight dragons).”

His advisor quickly retorted, “Your highness, this place should be known as Kowloon (nine dragons).” Offended and curious, the emperor asked his advisor with mixed feeling,” Why is that so? There are only 8 dragons! It should be Fakloon (8 dragons) and not Kowloon (nine dragons).”

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“But your highness, you are a dragon as well so this place must have nine dragons!” replied the advisor, and the rest is history.

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