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.

Known for

shopping, port and scenery

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Where to stay in Kowloon

Tsim Sha Tsui
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Tsim Sha Tsui

Known for port, skyScraper, urban

This “world bazaar on the waterfront” has shops, restaurants and museums.

Mong Kok
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Mong Kok

Known for shopping, dining, familyFriendly

Find your way through Hong Kong’s busiest area to take in the sights and sounds of traditional street markets and food stalls.

Top hotels in Kowloon

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon
4 out of 5
P2,830
per night
23 Sep - 24 Sep
4.3/5Excellent! (1,510 reviews)

"Perfect place to live and spend vacation in hong kong"…"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon
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Royal Plaza Hotel
4.5 out of 5
P4,495
per night
27 Sep - 28 Sep
4.5/5Wonderful! (7,144 reviews)

"Quite luxurious facilities and the staff are very warm and friendly"…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Royal Plaza Hotel
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Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong
5 out of 5
P7,955
per night
12 Oct - 13 Oct
4.6/5Wonderful! (860 reviews)

"bathroom tumbler can be cleaner but overall a good experience and worth a five star"…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong

Popular things to do in Kowloon

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. 

Avenue of Stars
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Avenue of Stars

A popular stretch where Hong Kong’s screen stars are celebrated and where the crowds flock for the island’s nightly light show.

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.

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