Kowloon

The City of Entertainment

Kowloon (whose name literally translates to 'nine dragons') evolved over time from an industrial district into a residential area. Today Kowloon is one big melting pot of streets crawling with shops and tourists under the spell of neon lights.

Tsim Sha Tsui, at the tip of the Kowloon Peninsula, is the territory's tourist ghetto. It consists of one square kilometre of shops, restaurants, pubs, bars and camera stores.

Kowloon is also home to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Space Museum, the famous Peninsula Hotel, the Museum of Art and some fascinating temples such as the famous Wong Tai temple. The Promenade is a great place for a stroll and offers wonderful views of Victoria Harbour, particularly at night.

The markets in Kowloon are a shopping mecca, selling everything from clothes and flowers to goldfish and jade, at bargain prices. Offering an authentic slice of local life, the best of Kowloon's markets can be found in the Tsim Sha Tsui, Mongkok and Nathan Road areas, and are a must-see for those wanting to get a taste of the real Hong Kong, as well as some great souvenirs!

Insiders' Tips

  • Visit the Temple Street Market: The liveliest night market is on Temple Street in Yau Ma Tei. An Incredible experience, even if you don't buy anything!
  • Eat Authentic Dim Sum: Head to Kowloon for cheap and authentic Chinese food.
  • Shop on trendy Nathan Road.
  • Visit the Museum of Art.
  • See the Sparkle of Lights of Hong Kong's Skyline: Enjoy a Symphony of Lights cruise along the harbour and see the spectacular light show that dominates the sky.

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