Surrounded by Victoria Harbor on three sides, Kowloon is an indispensable part of prosperous Hong Kong. The most attractive business area is the south, the Yau Tsim Mong district, comprised of Tsim Sha Tsui, Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok, with abundant shopping centers, entertainment areas and restaurants. To the east and west are industrial areas and to the north is predominantly residential.

Basic Facts of Kowloon

 Location: To the north of Victoria Harbor and opposite Hong Kong Island
 Areas: 49.63km2 (about 19.16sq mi)
 Population: about 2,000,000
 Post Code: 999077

Top Places to Go in Kowloon

Victoria Harbour
Victoria Harbour
As one of the three great natural and safe deepwater havens in the world, Victoria Harbor is a spot you cannot miss, especially its night view. At 8 o’clock every night, over 40 skyscrapers on both sides of Victoria Harbor will present you with the largest sound-and-light show in the world: A Symphony of Lights. Visitors can take the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbor, named as one of the “50 Places of A Lifetime” listed by the American National Geography Magazine for its low price and spectacular views. The Star Ferry commenced operations in 1888 and has become a Hong Kong icon. You can also enjoy the sparkling lights and lasers together with dynamic music in the sightseeing ships or in the Sky 100 Observation Deck at the top of the International Commerce Centre (ICC).Along the bank of the harbor is the Avenue of Stars, a waterfront footpath with handprints and signatures of famous Hong Kong movie stars including Bruce Lee. It’s currently under repair and will reopen in 2018.
 Tsim Sha Tsui is to the north of Victoria Harbor and on the south end of Kowloon Peninsula. It’s the geographical center of Hong Kong, with convenient transportation to other areas. It’s known as the shopping paradise to tourists as the largest shopping center of Hong Kong, Harbor City, is located there. Harbor City has more than 400 shops of international brands including Lane Crawford and Joyce. Outside Harbor City are Canton Road and 1881 Heritage, where you can find the best luxurious goods. Several blocks away are Nathan Road, the famous “Golden Mile” and Granville Road with several grand retail halls including The ONE, iSquare and K11 and lots of small stores along the road. If you are interested in local music, visit Hong Kong Coliseum in Tsim Sha Tsui. It’s the epicenter of pop culture and holds a concert almost every night.
 Yau Ma Tei is the most distinctive block in Hong Kong. You’ll find open-air food stalls, old karaoke bars and fortuneteller stores everywhere, feeling like 20th century. The Tin Hau Temple in Yau Ma Tei is the largest in the Kowloon District and Temple Street Night Market was named after it. Many famous Hong Kong movies were shot in Temple Street, such as God of Cookery and C'est la Vie, Mon Cheri. Hundreds of stalls open at dusk selling small items like jeans, pens and toys. It’s also a local foodie neighborhood where you can taste local delicacy in the food stalls along the road.
 Mong Kok has the highest population density and the most convenient transportation in Hong Kong. It’s said that people can always find their way home at night from Mong Kok. There are some special streets named Flower Street or Sneaker Street. People named them as such, for retailers would cluster on the street selling the same kind of goods. In the 1km (0.62mi)long Ladies Market you can bargain with the vendors to get the cheapest clothes or souvenirs. Don’t miss Mong Kok’s Snack Street which is filled with both southeastern Asian foods and local snacks. You may find upstairs in the roadside buildings are book stores selling all kinds of books, cafes, and bars here, which has formed the special upstairs culture due to the high rent.
Street Scene in Kowloon
Prosperous Tsim Sha Tsui
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple is one of the most famous temples in Hong Kong, enshrining Taoist god Huang Chuping, together with Confucius and a Buddha. It’s located in the north of Kowloon.

How to get to and get around Kowloon

Kowloon is connected to Mainland China. From Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, there are direct trains running to Hung Hom in Tsim Sha Tsui. The bullet trains from Guangzhou passing by Shenzhen will also start running in 2018. From Shenzhen, you can currently pass the borders and then change to the local urban subway MTR to reach there quickly. There are also long-distance buses from Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai and other places. If arriving by air at the airport, the Airport Express, buses or red taxis can connect you to Kowloon. The Star Ferry is also available at Victoria Harbor running between Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island.

Inside Kowloon, the MTR is fast and efficient and can take you to all points of interest. You could also choose buses, minibuses or red taxis to travel around.
- Last updated on Nov. 05, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Kowloon
Asked by Paul from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 03, 2023 18:56Reply
Going from HK Airport to Marco Polo Hotel best way
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Answered by Mia | Nov. 05, 2023 19:02

You can take Airport Express from the airport to Tsing Yi and transfer to Metro Tung Chung Line to Nam Cheong and then interchange to Tuen Ma Line to East Tsim Sha Tsui. Get out of the L5 Exit, and you can walk west about 300m to the hotel.
Asked by Chan from SINGAPORE | Apr. 06, 2023 03:06Reply
HK airport to Metropark Kowloon
We are a party of 3. What is the mode of recommended transport from airport to hotel. Taxi or Citybus? How long is the journey?
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Answered by Nina | Apr. 10, 2023 18:26

You need to make a transfer if by city bus and the journey time is long, about 1.5 hours. It costs about HKD17.6 per person.

Since you have 3 passengers in your group, it's a good choice to share a taxi, which takes about 30 minutes and HKD180.
Asked by Varunee Tantivoravong from THAILAND | Dec. 25, 2019 01:54Reply
How to travel from Airport terminal 1 to Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong
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Answered by Kira from ITALY | Dec. 25, 2019 17:42

You can take E21 (CTB) to Mong Kok Market, Argyle Street, and interchange to 203E (KMB) from Shantung street to Changsha street, then walk west to it. It costs HK$19.1 with 90 mins.
Asked by Bob Yu from CANADA | Jul. 06, 2019 12:27Reply
How to take bus from To Kwa Wan Road to Hong Kong Kai Tak Cruise Terminal?
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Answered by Alex from USA | Jul. 08, 2019 01:19

Take 796X(NWFB) from Lok Shan Road, Ma Tau Wai Road to Regal Oriental Hotel, Prince Edward Road East, then transfer to 22(CTB) to Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. It takes around 55 minutes with HK$7.9.
Asked by yannic Van Maldegem from BELGIË | May. 12, 2019 12:37Reply
We have booked a hotel in Tseung Kwan. Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East.
How do we do it to get there from the International Airport ? Metro or taxi ?
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Answered by Kevin from ARGENTINA | May. 13, 2019 19:06

Take E22A (CTB) from the airport to Tseung Kwan O Station, Po Yap Road. It takes about 1.5 hours and costs HK$24 per person.
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