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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)

The captivating waterfront views and popular shops are just a few highlights of Tsim Sha Tsui. Make a stop by Victoria Harbour or K11 Shopping Mall while you're exploring the area.

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

Mong Kok

4.5/5Wonderful!(130 area reviews)

Mong Kok is known for its popular shops, and you can see some sights area like Victoria Harbour and Langham Place Mall.

Mong Kok

Top hotels in Kowloon

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Royal Plaza Hotel
Royal Plaza Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Free cancellation
The price is SG$88 per night

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! (8,065 reviews)

"We got upgraded to Club floor (18-19th Floor) but no lounge or anything just a high floor. The room was very nice. We got a family room with two double beds. The room is spacious and the bed was actually quite comfortable. I recommend doubling up their pillows because that was perfect for me. The ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jul,2020

Royal Plaza Hotel
Cordis, Hong Kong
Cordis, Hong Kong
5 out of 5
The price is SG$162 per night

This family-friendly Kowloon hotel is located in the shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Langham Place Mall and Ladies' Market. Flower Market and International ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (2,435 reviews)

"Extremely clean, staff were very friendly and the room and swimming pool was just beautiful. Very very grateful to Cordis for the free room upgrade as well as that just completely made my staycation. Had a lovely night at the Garage Bar too!"…"

Reviewed on 1 Jul,2020

Cordis, Hong Kong
Eaton HK
Eaton HK
4 out of 5
The price is SG$81 per night

Located in Jordan, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Temple Street Night Market, Kowloon Mosque and Islamic Centre and Kowloon Park. Ladies' ...

4.2/5Very Good! (5,324 reviews)

"Good hotel with great service. Clean and tidy and we are happy with it."…"

Reviewed on 5 Jul,2020

Eaton HK

Popular places to visit 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. 

Kowloon Park
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Kowloon Park

4.5/5(105 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 things to do in Kowloon

Skip-the-Line The Peak Tram & Hong Kong Island Tour with Stanley Market
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Skip-the-Line The Peak Tram & Hong Kong Island Tour with Stanley Market

SG$45
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
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$197
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Skip-the-Line Ngong Ping 360, Lantau Island, Big Buddha & Po Lin Monastery Tour
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Skip-the-Line Ngong Ping 360, Lantau Island, Big Buddha & Po Lin Monastery Tour

SG$186
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Macau Sightseeing Tour from Hong Kong
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Macau Sightseeing Tour from Hong Kong

SG$186
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck Tickets
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sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck Tickets

SG$20
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Peak Tram Sky Pass: Tram Ticket, Hong Kong Sky Tour and Sky Terrace 428 Entry
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Peak Tram Sky Pass: Tram Ticket, Hong Kong Sky Tour and Sky Terrace 428 Entry

SG$18
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

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery which includes religious elements and a temple or place of worship

Sha Tin

Sai Keng which includes landscape views, tranquil scenes and general coastal views

Sai Kung

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