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.

Where to stay in Kowloon

Tsim Sha Tsui
Tsim Sha Tsui showing a city and a fountain

Tsim Sha Tsui

Known for port, skyScraper, urban

4.5/5(314 reviews)

This waterfront bazaar with an international feel is packed with interesting shops, great restaurants and fascinating museums.

Mong Kok
Mong Kok which includes central business district, a city and signage

Mong Kok

Known for shopping, dining, familyFriendly

4.5/5(114 reviews)

Mong Kok translates to “busy corner” in Cantonese, and is a pretty accurate description of what is the most densely populated area in the world.

Top hotels in Kowloon

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Royal Plaza Hotel
Royal Plaza Hotel
4.5 out of 5
193 Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok, Kowloon
SG$91
per night
9 Dec-10 Dec

Located in Mong Kok, this luxury hotel is steps away from Flower Market and Yuen Po Bird Market. Mong Kok Stadium and Sneaker Street are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (7,338 reviews)

"The hotel is conveniently located beside the train station and big shopping center. And in shopping center there is 1 local restaurant that sell the best egg tart."…"

Reviewed on 13 Nov,2019

Royal Plaza Hotel
Cordis, Hong Kong
Cordis, Hong Kong
5 out of 5
555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon
SG$172
per night
18 Nov-19 Nov

This family-friendly Kowloon hotel is located in the shopping district, within a 5-minute walk of Victoria Harbour and Langham Place Mall. Ladies' Market and ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (3,563 reviews)

"Everything is excellent. Good location, friendly staff, clean room, nice food."…"

Reviewed on 11 Nov,2019

Cordis, Hong Kong
Eaton HK
Eaton HK
4 out of 5
380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon
SG$96
per night
18 Nov-19 Nov

This family-friendly Kowloon hotel is located in the shopping district, within a 5-minute walk of Temple Street Night Market and Jade Market. Victoria Harbour ...

4.1/5Very Good! (5,015 reviews)

"Very impressive hotel in the centre of Hong Kong. Nice roof top pool and excellent food hall"…"

Reviewed on 15 Nov,2019

Eaton HK

Popular things to do in Kowloon

Ladies' Market
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Ladies' Market

4/5(192 reviews)

Lose yourself amid the stalls, massage vendors, restaurants and chaos of this market in one of the most densely populated suburbs on Earth. 

Avenue of Stars
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Avenue of Stars

4/5(59 reviews)

A popular stretch where Hong Kong’s screen stars are celebrated and where the crowds flock for the island’s nightly light show.

Kowloon Park
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Kowloon Park

4.5/5(98 reviews)

Once the site of a British military base, today this green oasis is the perfect escape from the bustle and busyness of the city.

Top activities in Kowloon

Hong Kong Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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Hong Kong Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

SG$75

Check out Hong Kong's urban wonders aboard an open-air double-decker bus. Admire panoramic views of Kowloon Bay, explore charming markets, and pass by colonial sites and traditional temples.

Lantau Island Tour with Big Buddha, Tai O Boat Ride & Lunch
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Lantau Island Tour with Big Buddha, Tai O Boat Ride & Lunch

SG$190

A giant Buddha perched above a serene monastery, a fishing village built on stilts over quiet canals—Lantau Island feels a world away from the bustle of Hong Kong. Escape to this historic isle by coach and make your way to the Tian Tan Buddha, cruise the waterways of Tai O, and linger over lunch.

Night Cruise & Dinner at Jumbo Floating Restaurant
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Night Cruise & Dinner at Jumbo Floating Restaurant

SG$180

Enjoy an evening out with a cruise on Victoria Harbour and dinner at the world-renowned Jumbo Floating Restaurant. During your cruise admire a view of the sunset and enjoy unlimited drinks on the boat. The evening starts with a relaxing cruise around Victoria Harbour.

Macau Sightseeing Tour from Hong Kong
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Macau Sightseeing Tour from Hong Kong

SG$174

Spend a day exploring the highlights of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on this day trip from Hong Kong. Discover the historic A-Ma Temple and the Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral, admire the sky-high Macau Tower, stroll through popular Senado Square, and see the island's infamous Macau Casino.

Skip-the-Line Ngong Ping 360 Tramcar with Lantau Island & Tian Tan Buddha Full-Day Tour
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Skip-the-Line Ngong Ping 360 Tramcar with Lantau Island & Tian Tan Buddha Full-Day Tour

SG$179

Scope out breathtaking views, take high-flying rides, and cruise the waters of Hong Kong on this full-day tour to Lantau Island. Ride a ferry like the locals do, enjoy a cable car ride from the island's rugged mountaintop, and savor a tasty vegetarian lunch at a tranquil monastery.

Private tour - introduction to local superstitions and beliefs
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Private tour - introduction to local superstitions and beliefs

SG$62

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Pass By: Statue Square, Queen's Road, Central and Western District, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong China We will meet the clients at 9am on Statue Square unless otherwise decided

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