Think of Hong Kong and what will probably pop up in your head first is the view of towering skyscrapers all lit up in the night, and ships passing along Victoria Harbor on the foreground. This postcard-worthy view is Hong Kong Island and its famous skyline but pretty close to Hong Kong Island is Kowloon, another must-visit area in Hong Kong.
Kowloon is home to a lot of hotels so it’s a good place to start with when you’re looking to explore the rest of Hong Kong. And it’s a good place to establish your base too as it is home to lots of shopping centres and restaurants.
Famous Landmarks in Kowloon
The International Commerce Centreis hard to miss especially since it has the reputation of being the tallest tower in Hong Kong. The 118-storey building is home to the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong so you can choose this site if you want fantastic views of the city when you wake up. Those who just want to get a glimpse of the cityscape from the tallest building in Hong Kong can go to the Sky100 observation deck on the 100th floor of the building. From the Sky100, you can see the Hong Kong Island—enjoy a full view of the Kowloon Peninsula and the Tsing Ma Bridge.
Another landmark in Kowloon that shouldn’t be missed is the ocean terminal of TsimShaTsui. TsimShaTsui is a great place to look for a hotel as there are quite a lot in this area. These include the InterContinental Hong Kong, Sheraton, and several Marco Polo hotels. A famous landmark in TsimShaTsui is the Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong. The hotel was built in 1928 and was expanded in 1994. The hotel is famous for its fleet of Rolls-Royces painted with the distinctive green of the hotel.
TsimShaTsui is a major shopping area in Hong Kong and the last time I was here, I was able to scour for staples in my wardrobe at TsimShaTsui’s large shopping mall, Harbour City.I got to test my new shoes walking around TsimShaTsuiand if you walk around the area too, you’llfind the clock tower that serves as a reminder of Hong Kong’s colonial past. The clock tower is part of the Kowloon-Canton railway terminal and is a great place for those photo sessions tourists love.
If you’re nottired yet from all that shopping on TsimShaTsui, you could continue your shopping spree at the Temple Street Night Marketto see how the city looks when the evening hits. The night market starts at around 8 PM. find the perfect souvenir for your Hong Kong trip here.
Wong Tai Sin Temple is a must-visit landmark in Kowloon as making a trip to this temple gives a Chinese flavour to your trip. I had my fortune told by one of the many fortune tellers around the temple and this was the first time I’ve ever had my fortune told so this was an exciting experience for me and was a memorable part of my trip to Kowloon.
Horse-racing is big business in Hong Kong too and the best way to experience the thrill of betting on the winning horse is by watching a race in the Happy Valley Racecourse. This racecourse is one of the most famous horse racing venues in the world and aside from watching horses race around the track, you could also visit the Hong Kong Jockey Club Archive and Museum within the racecourse to learn about the history of the racecourse.
When in Kowloon, you can’t miss Nathan Road, Kowloon’s main avenue. There are many shops selling so many stuff on Nathan Road but you have to watch out for knock-off products here. Chungking Mansionsis where you’ll find Indian and Pakistani restaurants and these are worth a try just to see how cosmopolitan Hong Kong really is.
Travelling to and Around Kowloon
Kowloon is one of the must-visit areas in Hong Kong’s because of its many shopping destinations. The high concentration of hotels in Kowloon also makes it a great place to establish your headquarters for the duration of your stay. There are also quite a lot of restaurants in Kowloon so it’s a sure thing: boredom won’t be settling in any time soon on your taste buds.
Hong Kong is a major airline hub so finding a plane to Hong Kong isn’t hard. Once you get off the plane, you have the option to ride the train or bus to get to the city centre.
Hong Kong has an excellent public transportation system so most parts are accessible by public transportation such as by bus or train. You could also get a taxi to get around Hong Kong but traffic can make going around the city an expensive option.
If you’re planning a trip to Hong Kong, make sure to sign up for travel insurance. Hong Kong’s has an excellent health care system but the health care there can be expensive for non-residents. Getting travel insurance can help protect you from the high cost of seeking emergency medical treatment should you get into an accident during your trip to Hong Kong’s.