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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 featuring a city and a fountain

Tsim Sha Tsui

4/5Very Good!(64 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 featuring a city, signage and city views

Mong Kok

4.5/5Wonderful!(12 area reviews)

Mong Kok is known for its popular shops, and you can see some sights in the 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 P2,756 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! (3,305 reviews)

"Nice hotel with a connecting mall where u can get anything u need Had the check-out time extended till 2pm which is a perfect VIP privilege"…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Royal Plaza Hotel
Cordis, Hong Kong
Cordis, Hong Kong
5 out of 5
The price is P5,700 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! (2,399 reviews)

"Room is clean and tidy, it has a decent view and you can see the Victoria Harbour. Good services and friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020

Cordis, Hong Kong
Eaton HK
Eaton HK
4 out of 5
The price is P2,850 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' ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,032 reviews)

"Very attentive to my request. It was a pleasant state at this hotel."…"

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2020

Eaton HK

Popular places to visit in Kowloon

Victoria Harbour
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Victoria Harbour

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

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

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of central Hong Kong to enjoy a peaceful walk in this verdant park.

Top things to do in Kowloon

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

P7,086
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Half-Day City Tour
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Half-Day City Tour

P2,672
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck Tickets
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sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck Tickets

P734
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Day Tour of Macau's Historic Landmarks with Ferry from Hong Kong
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Day Tour of Macau's Historic Landmarks with Ferry from Hong Kong

P5,441
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Evening Cruise, Dinner at Victoria Peak & Night Market Visit
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Evening Cruise, Dinner at Victoria Peak & Night Market Visit

P5,570
Per adult
86% 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

P661
Per adult

Reviews of Kowloon

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
30
5 - Excellent 38.96103896103896%
4 - Good
25
4 - Good 32.467532467532465%
3 - Okay
13
3 - Okay 16.883116883116884%
2 - Disappointing
3
2 - Disappointing 3.896103896103896%
1 - Terrible
6
1 - Terrible 7.792207792207792%

4/5 - Good

Jayr

6 Jan 2020

Nice

5/5 - Excellent

Ronaldo

1 Jan 2020

We always enjoy Kowloon and HK in general.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

27 Dec 2019

Convenient place to be in Hongkong

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

25 Nov 2019

just find better hotel...

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

19 Nov 2019

A nice place for shopping

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

6 Nov 2019

the only convenient was the MTR was near the our place.

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

Sha Tin

Sai Kung featuring tranquil scenes, landscape views and mountains

Sai Kung

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