Kowloon

Surrounded by Victoria Harbor on three sides, Kowloon is an indispensable part of the prosperous Hong Kong. The most attractive business area in it is the south, Yao Tsim Mong district, composed of Tsim Sha Tsui, Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok, with abundant shopping centers, entertainments and restaurants. The east and west is industrial area and the northern part is residential area.
 

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 Harbour 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 could take a Star Ferry to roam around Victoria Harbor, which is one of the “50 Places of A Lifetime” listed by American National Geography Magazine for low price and spectacular view. Star Ferry started to be operational since 1888 and has become a Hong Kong icon. You can also enjoy the sparkling lights and lazer together with dynamic music in the sightseeing ships or in the Sky 100 Observation Deck on the top of International Commerce Centre (ICC). Along the bank of the harbor is the Avenue of Stars, a seaside footpath with handprints and signatures of famous Hong Kong movie stars including Bruce Lee. It’s under repair and will open again 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 parts. It’s known as the shopping paradise to tourists for the largest shopping center of HK, Harbor City, locates there. Harbor City has more than 400 shops of international brands including Lane Crawford and Joyce. Outside the 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 witness 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 Yao Ma Tei is the largest one in Kowloon District. And the Temple Street Night Market was named after it. Many famous Hong Kong movies were shot in the Temple Street, such as God of Cookery, C'est la Vie, Mon Cheri. Hundreds of stalls on ground will open at dusk selling small items like jeans, pens, 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 HK. It’s said that one can always find his way home at night in Mong Kok. There are some special streets named Flower Street or Sneaker Street. People named them for the 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 the Mong Kok Snack Street which is filled with both southeastern Asian foods and local snacks. Due to the high rent, you may find book stores selling all kinds of books you can find in the world, cafes, and bars here upstairs in the roadside buildings, which has formed the special upstairs culture.
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 with Mainland China. From Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, there are direct trains running to Hung Hom in Tsim Sha Tsui. The bullet trains from Guangzhou and passing by Shenzhen will also start running in 2018. From Shenzhen, you can currently pass the borders and then change to MTR to reach there quickly. There are also long-distance buses from Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Zhuhai, etc to get here. If arriving by air at airport, the Airport Express, buses or red taxis can send you to Kowloon. Ferry is also available at Victoria Harbor running between the peninsula and Hong Kong Island.

Inside Kowloon, MTR is fast and efficient to take you to all the points of interests. You could also choose buses and minibuses to travel around. And red taxis are available, too.