Kowloon

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The buzzing hub of Hong Kong, Kowloon is packed with life and energy but also boasts charming, peaceful and picturesque spots in which to unwind.

A peninsula on the mainland north of Hong Kong situated on the Chinese mainland, Kowloon is a district with so much to offer visitors. You’ll find traditional Asian gardens and religious spots tucked away behind the impressive shopping precincts and glittering attractions, giving Kowloon a truly eclectic personality.

One of the main shopping precincts in Hong Kong is Tsim Sha Tsui, also known as, simply, TST. Here you can walk down Nathan Road, one of Hong Kong’s prime addresses and the central artery that runs through Kowloon. Lined on both sides with department stores, boutiques, jewellers’ shops, electronics and home ware stores, the street is a renowned shopping paradise. Many shops stay open until late, illuminating the entire district with the heady glow of brightly lit shop fronts and neon advertising signs. Check out some of the side streets off the main road and you may be rewarded with a great bargain.

Head to Harbor City for all of this and more, on a huge scale. One of Hong Kong’s largest shopping malls, it houses four separate zones with hundreds of shops, cinemas, and an abundance restaurants. It’s so easy to lose yourself for an entire day here.

Not far from TST, you’ll find the waterfront promenade, from which you should walk along the Avenue of Stars. Like the Hollywood Walk of Fame, this is a much-loved attraction honouring Hong Kong’s cinema stars. Every evening, crowds gather here to enjoy the free music and light show known as the Symphony of Lights.

But Kowloon is not all shopping malls and teeming promenades. There are some exquisite peaceful spots a world away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of Hong Kong. Particularly impressive is the Chi Lin Nunnery Buddhist complex with its lotus ponds and peaceful courtyards. Next door, step into the Nan Ling Garden to admire the pretty surroundings of this lush green location.

To get to Kowloon, take the Star Ferry from Hong Kong’s central business district across to Tsim Sha Tsui. Alternatively, hop on board the metro taking the line running beneath the harbour.

Browse shops offering an amazing variety of goods and admire dramatic views over iconic Victoria Harbour in this busy, colorful, neon-lit district of Hong Kong.

Kowloon is a lively district located across the harbor from Hong Kong Island. The area is home to some of Hong Kong’s biggest shopping areas, an exciting nightlife scene and a number of museums. Enjoy the spectacular views across the water to Hong Kong Island, join crowds of shoppers exploring malls and markets and then take a break in beautiful Kowloon Park.

The bustling Tsim Sha Tsui area is the heart of Kowloon, where you’ll find hotels geared toward a range of budgets, as well as restaurants, shopping centers and some excellent museums. Browse the tightly packed shops selling jewelry, electronics, souvenirs, clothes and just about every other imaginable item, along Nathan Road.

Escape the crowds at Kowloon Park, one of the largest public parks in Hong Kong. Spanning 33 acres (13 hectares), this picturesque park features well-manicured pathways, a pretty Chinese pagoda and a lake that’s home to a colorful group of flamingos. Visit on Sundays to see free kung fu demonstrations and a small arts fair.

Take the kids to the Hong Kong Science Museum, which features fun, hands-on exhibits dedicated to physics and chemistry. The Hong Kong Museum of Art is a must-see attraction, offering an impressive exhibit of Chinese antiques as well as a rotating collection of almost 15,000 other items.

Go for an evening walk along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, a pedestrianized strip that offers superb views of the Hong Kong skyline. At night, Hong Kong puts on a dazzling sound-and-light show called the Symphony of Lights, which is projected on more than 40 buildings on both sides of the harbor.

Visit one of Hong Kong’s most popular temples, Wong Tai Sin, and shake fortune sticks, known as chim, onto the ground to foretell your future. Also worth exploring is the Chi Lin Nunnery, where there is a tranquil garden dotted with lotus ponds, bougainvillea and bonsai trees.

Kowloon is located across Victoria Harbour from Hong Kong Island. Get there by taking the city’s efficient Mass Transit Railway (MTR), or the ferry.

See a different side of Hong Kong in this vibrant district.

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