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Kowloon

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!(362 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
Camlux Hotel
Camlux Hotel
4 out of 5
15 Wang Kwong Road, Kowloon, Kowloon
SG$91
per night
14 Apr-15 Apr

Located in Eastern Kowloon, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Victoria Harbour and Kowloon Bay. Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and Kowloon Walled City Park are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (359 reviews)

"Convenient location friendly and helpful staff. Good and clean room."…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb,2020

Camlux Hotel
Cordis, Hong Kong
Cordis, Hong Kong
5 out of 5
555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon
SG$165
per night
2 Apr-3 Apr

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! (3,811 reviews)

"Room got upgraged to suite, very nice! With measues in response to covid-19."…"

Reviewed on 27 Mar,2020

Cordis, Hong Kong
Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong Mongkok
Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong Mongkok
4 out of 5
2 Soy Street, Mongkok, Kowloon
SG$73
per night
2 Apr-3 Apr

Located in Mong Kok, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Victoria Harbour and Nathan Road Shopping District. Ladies' Market and Temple Street Night Market ...

4.2/5Very Good! (547 reviews)

"Check-in staff surprised me by upgrading me to a better room. I am really impressed as this is my first time staying in this hotel. But cleanliness of the desk lamp need to be improved. The lamp was very sticky. The view of the room is very nice. Check-out staff showed a bit impatient while I passed ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar,2020

Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong Mongkok

Popular things to do in Kowloon

Victoria Harbour
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Victoria Harbour

4.5/5(178 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

78% of travellers recommend
SG$90
Per adult
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

86% of travellers recommend
SG$200
Per adult
Night Cruise & Dinner at Jumbo Floating Restaurant
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Night Cruise & Dinner at Jumbo Floating Restaurant

SG$180
Per adult
Macau Sightseeing Tour from Hong Kong
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Macau Sightseeing Tour from Hong Kong

82% of travellers recommend
SG$177
Per adult
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

90% of travellers recommend
SG$179
Per adult
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$125
Per adult

Reviews of Kowloon

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
202
5 - Excellent 41.39344262295082%
4 - Good
249
4 - Good 51.02459016393443%
3 - Okay
35
3 - Okay 7.172131147540983%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 0.20491803278688525%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 0.20491803278688525%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Feb 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

7 Feb 2020

Fantastic place already booked for next year

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Feb 2020

Brilliant place and everyone is so polite

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Jan 2020

Convenience for tourists

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

30 Dec 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Dec 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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