Kowloon

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Visit 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 fountain and a city

Tsim Sha Tsui

4.5/5Wonderful!(351 area reviews)

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

Tsim Sha Tsui
Mong Kok featuring street scenes, city views and a city

Mong Kok

4.5/5Wonderful!(127 area reviews)

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

Mong Kok

Top hotels in Kowloon

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Cordis, Hong Kong
Cordis, Hong Kong
5 out of 5
555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon
RM431
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2

This family-friendly Kowloon hotel is located in the shopping district, within a 5-minute walk of Victoria Harbour and Langham Place Mall. Ladies' Market and ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (3,706 reviews)

"Clean, friendly service and convenient are always my comment to this hotel"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jan,2020

Cordis, Hong Kong
Novotel Nathan Road Kowloon Hong Kong
Novotel Nathan Road Kowloon Hong Kong
4 out of 5
348 Nathan Road, Kowloon
RM209
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2

This family-friendly Kowloon hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Temple Street Night Market and Nathan Road Shopping District. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,559 reviews)

"excellent in every way: service, rooms, restaurant."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jan,2020

Novotel Nathan Road Kowloon Hong Kong
Eaton HK
Eaton HK
4 out of 5
380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon
RM222
per night
Feb 14 - Feb 15

This family-friendly Kowloon hotel is located in the shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Temple Street Night Market, Victoria Harbour and Nathan Road ...

4.1/5Very Good! (5,161 reviews)

"Loved the staff, cleanliness, and overall vibe of the hotel. I loved being greated by the art installation outside the lobby."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan,2020

Eaton HK

Popular things to do in Kowloon

Victoria Harbour
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Victoria Harbour

4.5/5(173 reviews)

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

4/5(217 reviews)

Lose yourself amid the stalls, massage vendors, restaurants and chaos of this market in one of the most densely populated suburbs on Earth. 

Temple Street Night Market
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Temple Street Night Market

4/5(105 reviews)

Bargain hard for jade, listen to Chinese Opera, have your fortune told by a bird, and enjoy claypot rice in Hong Kong’s favorite nighttime market.

Top activities in Kowloon

Hong Kong Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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Hong Kong Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

RM228

Check out Hong Kong's urban wonders aboard an open-air double-decker bus. Admire panoramic views of Kowloon Bay, explore charming markets, and pass by colonial sites and traditional temples.

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

RM577

A giant Buddha perched above a serene monastery, a fishing village built on stilts over quiet canals—Lantau Island feels a world away from the bustle of Hong Kong. Escape to this historic isle by coach and make your way to the Tian Tan Buddha, cruise the waterways of Tai O, and linger over lunch.

Night Cruise & Dinner at Jumbo Floating Restaurant
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Night Cruise & Dinner at Jumbo Floating Restaurant

RM546

Enjoy an evening out with a cruise on Victoria Harbour and dinner at the world-renowned Jumbo Floating Restaurant. During your cruise admire a view of the sunset and enjoy unlimited drinks on the boat. The evening starts with a relaxing cruise around Victoria Harbour.

Skip-the-Line Ngong Ping 360 Tramcar with Lantau Island & Tian Tan Buddha Full-Day Tour
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Skip-the-Line Ngong Ping 360 Tramcar with Lantau Island & Tian Tan Buddha Full-Day Tour

RM543

Scope out breathtaking views, take high-flying rides, and cruise the waters of Hong Kong on this full-day tour to Lantau Island. Ride a ferry like the locals do, enjoy a cable car ride from the island's rugged mountaintop, and savor a tasty vegetarian lunch at a tranquil monastery.

Macau Sightseeing Tour from Hong Kong
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Macau Sightseeing Tour from Hong Kong

RM528

Spend a day exploring the highlights of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on this day trip from Hong Kong. Discover the historic A-Ma Temple and the Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral, admire the sky-high Macau Tower, stroll through popular Senado Square, and see the island's infamous Macau Casino.

TurboJet Ferry E-Ticket from Kowloon to Macau
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TurboJet Ferry E-Ticket from Kowloon to Macau

RM180

Guarantee seats of round trip Turbojet transfers between Kowloon and Macau. Instant confirmation E-ticket. Please use the QR Code image downloaded by your cellphone, easily gain access at the ferry terminal.

Reviews of Kowloon

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 40.880503144654085%
4 - Good
246
4 - Good 51.57232704402516%
3 - Okay
34
3 - Okay 7.127882599580713%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 0.20964360587002095%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.20964360587002095%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 6, 2020

Convenience for tourists

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 30, 2019

The subway system is easy to navigate and one way tickets are cheap but cash only

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 24, 2019

Whilst club rooms shut for refreshing we were looked after very well in alternative settings Liked the promenade area especially

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 15, 2019

Good food restaurant round the corner

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 12, 2019

It is a great place to stay as views are fabulous of harbour and easy to get about as free shuttle from hotel or taxis are very cheap. You can walk easily to lots of areas and felt very safe.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 6, 2019

Some of the road crossing lights were smashed from the ongoing protests, other than that we felt quite safe.

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