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Overview

Kowloon is the more local and cultural side of Hong Kong. Directly opposite Hong Kong Island, and only two minutes away by ferry, Kowloon is home to the many hotels in Hong Kong and is a residential area with some of the more densely populated areas of land in the world. If you don’t mind a few people though, Kowloon offers unique markets and some of the most amazing views of Hong Kong’s skyline.

Things to Do

During the day, wander down the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui, to discover Hong Kong’s greatest and most admired stars. This area of Kowloon is also the best place to watch Hong Kong’s Symphony of Lights show every night at 8pm where the skyline comes alive with a rainbow of colour set to a spectacular music arrangement. Temple Street Night Market is a great stop after Symphony of Lights for some cheap and cultural shopping.

Food and Drink

You’d be forgiven for coming across to Kowloon for the food alone. This part of Hong Kong is home to the world’s cheapest Michelin star restaurant, Tim Ho Wan. It may look like a little hole in the wall but people queue hours to sample this delicious dim sum. Alternatively, The Peninsula Hotel hosts the much loved institution of afternoon tea. In the evening, go to the 118th floor of the ICC for cocktails with a view.

Culture

Kowloon is one of the most cultural parts of Hong Kong with an array of museums and galleries located here. In Tsim Sha Tsui, you’ll find the Hong Kong Science Museum, Space Museum and Science Museum – all of which are free on a Wednesday. Tsim Sha Tsui’s clock tower, which you’ll see if you get the Star Ferry over from Hong Kong Island, is a remaining landmark from one of Hong Kong’s old railway lines.

Location of Kowloon

Key Facts

  • Language: English
  • Currency: Hong Kong Dollars
  • Time Difference from UK: 8
  • Flight time: 12 hours
  • When to go: October - January