Kowloon Tsai Park was the location where the vitality video was recorded in 1984 and it was also a location for some scenes of the TV-serie The rough ride.
Kowloon Tsai Park is a park located in the Kowloon Tsai area of New Kowloon in Hong Kong. It lies within the Kowloon City District and opened on 5 June 1964.
It is located at Inverness Road, Kowloon City and was open to public use in June 1964. It measures 11.66 hectares in size.
A key attraction of the Park is the Bauhinia Garden, home to around 120 Bauhinia trees, the Bauhinia Garden of Kowloon Tsai Park becomes a mecca for flower lovers when blossoms burst into magnificent shades of magenta during the flowering period.
he park consists of three football fields (2 artificial grass and 1 natural grass), two basketball courts, two 7-a-side football courts, one public swimming pool, two tennis courts, a Bauhinia Garden and children's playgrounds.
Kowloon Tsai Sports Ground is located within the park. It consists of an international standard football field, running tracks and a spectator stand with bathroom facilities. The grandstand seats 1.216 spectators.
The Kowloon Tsai Swimming Pool was the first swimming pool in Kowloon. It features a 50-metre competition pool and smaller leisure pools. The LCSD plans to reconstruct the pool complex to provide an indoor heated pool.
The famous checkerboard for the Kai Tak Runway 13 approach can be found at the top of the park. Due to this, the hill where the checkerboard was located was christened as Checkerboard Hill.
Located on the edge of Kowloon City, the hill was located beneath the final approach to runway 13 at the now-closed Kai Tak Airport, and had a large checkerboard red and white pattern painted onto the hillside as a navigational aid. , after reaching the hill aircraft landing at Hong Kong would execute the following manoeuvre:
Upon reaching a small hill marked with a checkerboard in red and white, used as a visual reference point on the final approach (in addition to the middle marker on the Instrument Guidance System), the pilot needed to make a 47° visual right turn to line up with the runway and complete the final leg. The aircraft would be just two nautical miles (3.7 km) from touchdown, at a height of less than 1,000 feet (300 m) when the turn was made. Typically the plane would enter the final right turn at a height of about 650 feet (200 m) and exit it at a height of 140 feet (43 m) to line up with the runway. This manoeuvre has become widely known in the piloting community as the “Hong Kong Turn” or “Checkerboard Turn”.
This shows how tight the final approach was, taken from the west side of the airport with the checkerboard in the background.