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.

Where to stay in Kowloon

Tsim Sha Tsui showing a city and a fountain

Tsim Sha Tsui

4.5/5Wonderful!(358 area reviews)

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

Mong Kok

4.5/5Wonderful!(130 area reviews)

Mong Kok

Top hotels in Kowloon

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Cordis, Hong Kong
Cordis, Hong Kong
5 out of 5
555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon
SG$161
per night
Feb 18 - Feb 19

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! (3,741 reviews)

"The staffs very friendly & helpful. Hotel very convenient."…"

Reviewed on 13 Feb,2020

Cordis, Hong Kong
Novotel Nathan Road Kowloon Hong Kong
Novotel Nathan Road Kowloon Hong Kong
4 out of 5
348 Nathan Road, Kowloon
SG$79
per night
Feb 20 - Feb 21

This family-friendly Kowloon hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Temple Street Night Market and Nathan Road Shopping District. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,574 reviews)

"I wouldn't say that anything was unique, but it was definitely clean, modern with very friendly staff. Breakfast was excellent."…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb,2020

Novotel Nathan Road Kowloon Hong Kong
Royal Plaza Hotel
Royal Plaza Hotel
4.5 out of 5
193 Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok, Kowloon
SG$121
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

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! (7,664 reviews)

"Great location, easy access to public transportation and fairly large room."…"

Reviewed on 11 Feb,2020

Royal Plaza Hotel

Popular things to do in Kowloon

Victoria Harbour
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Victoria Harbour

4.5/5(175 reviews)

Ride the famous Star Ferry to Hong Kong Island, enjoy one of the worlds great skylines and see the night sky light up in a symphony of light and sound.

Ladies' Market
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Ladies' Market

4/5(219 reviews)

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

Temple Street Night Market
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Temple Street Night Market

4/5(107 reviews)

Bargain hard for jade, listen to Chinese Opera, have your fortune told by a bird, and enjoy claypot rice in Hong Kong’s favorite nighttime market.

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. Including PEAK TRAM (selected tickets), 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 Half Day Tour: Hidden Gems of Old Hong Kong Island
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Private Half Day Tour: Hidden Gems of Old Hong Kong Island

SG$108

Meet up your friendly tour guide at your staying hotel, take MTR together to Quarry Bay MTR Station to start your fun half day tour. Here are some attractions you will be visiting : • Montane Mansion - or people call it as “Monster Building” – an architecture complex composed of five old mansions which resembles a walled city.

Reviews of Kowloon

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
248
4 - Good 51.134020618556704%
3 - Okay
35
3 - Okay 7.216494845360825%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.20618556701030927%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.20618556701030927%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 15, 2020

Don’t go to Tung Choi Street ! Poor little drugged up puppies in glass display cases and goldfish crowded in small tanks . Don’t go for the New Year fireworks - they were cancelled Do stay at City View !!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 7, 2020

Fantastic place already booked for next year

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 5, 2020

Brilliant place and everyone is so polite

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 6, 2020

Convenience for tourists

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 30, 2019

The subway system is easy to navigate and one way tickets are cheap but cash only

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 24, 2019

Whilst club rooms shut for refreshing we were looked after very well in alternative settings Liked the promenade area especially

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