Kowloon city is full of attractions and famous places. Today number of people visiting Kowloon for sight seeing and entertainment has increased. Major attractions are mentioned below.
Tsim Sha Tsui is the most popular ocean terminal located opposite to Victoria famous for exclusive boutiques of fashion, shoes and jewellery. Traditional herbs and medicines are also available at the same place. If you want to stay there after shopping you can sit at Hong Kong China Ferry departure lounges to watch people going by.
Nathan road is the golden mile of Kowloon. It consists of luxury hotels, lots of shops, fast food stalls, shops of fake replica watches, electronic and jewellery shops, restaurants and other indescribable delights. While enjoying all the places you can go to Kowloon Park which is on the way of Nathan road to refresh your mood from noisy and busy streets outside. You will find everything related to shopping from electronics to boutiques and jewellery to instant tailors.
Wong Tai Sin Temple is the next attraction. Quarry Bay Train has a direct access to the temple. Located within the premises is a hermit, known by the temple name, makes future predictions using his powers. Other fortune tellers are also in there business around the temple so it has become most popular and frequent visiting place. Big Chinese pharmacies have established their business in the temple complex and they are doing good business as visitors offer burning incense and flowers in the main hall.
Yau Ma Tei is next shopping place where you can buy typical Chinese articles and is also famous for a Tin Hau Temple. The MTR back to Tsim Sha Tsui takes you to Yau Ma Tei station. This the best place to explore local markets at affordable prices. You can buy cheap but serviceable clothes in this area. There are also hundreds of small restaurants where you can sample authentic oriental food.
From Yau Ma Tei station on the west side there is Waterloo Road, from where third left takes you to Shanghai Street. The place is popular for numerous typical Chinese shops which sell everything from roasted ducks or pots to devotional articles like shrines or incense.
Continuation to Shanghai Street is Public Square Street. Take a left turn to arrive at the temple complex where main temple is Tin Hau and another Shin Wong Temple is located on the left.
After worshiping god, next stop is the Jade Market. It is located at the junction of Kansu Street and Battery street. This open air market consists of more than 400 shop owners. Enormous selection of jade; earrings and jewellery, representations of animals like dragons, tigers, or deer which are good luck signs are the attractions of the place. If you do not know anything about the verities of jade then it better to be careful while buying because it is very expensive and fakes are also sold along with genuine pieces. It is open daily from 10 am to 3.30 pm. Best time to shop is in the morning.
If you are still not tired of shopping you can visit to Mongkok the most lively and colorful district of Kowloon. Bird garden is famous and lots of markets are available for shopping. All hotels are also within walking distance. Mongkok preserves its traditional characteristics. You can find an array of markets, small shops, and food stalls that are probably not observed in other areas in Hong Kong over the past several decades of economic developments. Many streets have acquired interesting nicknames showing their own characteristics.
Sha Tin and Tuen Mun cities are known as new territories and are famous for the temple of 10.000 Buddhas. Kowloon-Canton Railway (KCR) is the source of transport to these cities and Shuttle bus services are also arranged to Kowloon by The Gold Coast Hotel in Tuen Mun.
Lantau Island is a new attraction. It is the largest island in Hong Kong, and is now connected to Kowloon with a bridge. It main attraction is the spectacular multimedia display show named as ‘World’s largest permanent light and sound show’. This symphony of lights is expanded to include 40 more buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour. It is the show of colorful lights, laser beams, search lights which performs unforgettable and stunning events synchronized to music and narration. There are five themes such as Awakening, Energy, Heritage, Partnership and the finale, Celebration which celebrates the energy, spirit and diversity of Hong Kong.
Monument and a landmark from the Steam age is named as clock tower situated near to the Star Ferry concourse in Tsim Sha Tsui. It is a part of the Kowloon- Canton railway terminus. 44-metre red brick and granite tower reminds you about those Colonial times. Today this historic site is replaced by Hong Kong cultural centre.
The clock tower was added to the Tsim Sha Tsui terminus in 1915.The original building was not capable to handle the large volume of passengers. Therefore the government decided to shift the terminus to Hunghom which is larger than previous one. After this it has become a landmark of Hong Kong when the terminus was demolished in 1978.
Address- Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong City, Hong Kong
As per the name the Exchange square is the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Its waterfront location is attractive and outdoor café area is decorated with nifty sculptures. Art lovers find a creation by Dame Elisabeth Frink and a little something by Ju Ming.
Address- 8 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong City, Hong Kong
The Goldfish Market is situated on Tung Choi Street which is on south of Prince Edward Road West. It is the place for fish lovers to buy all fish-related products. Apart from different kinds of fish and colorful tropical fish, the market also sells special sea creatures like small jelly-fish, Brazilian tortoises and dainty sea horses. You can buy variety of fish tanks ranging from the ubiquitous bowl to enormous tanks and also have all sorts of plants and rocks which can create the perfect fish home.
Address- Tung Choi Street, Mongkok, Hong Kong City, Hong Kong.
Happy Valley Racecourse- Horse-racing is one of the few gambling activities that is legally allowed in the territory. The race season is from September to June. Races at Happy Valley are usually performed on Wednesday evenings and extra races are held on Sundays and public holidays. Horse race tour is also organized by the Hong Kong Tourist Association for more comfortable view of the races.
Address- 2 Sports Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong City, Hong Kong. Phone- +44 852 2807 6543 (HK Tourism Board)
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre- It is most important exhibition and convention venue in the territory. Bird-influenced design of the new wing of the center gives the impression that the building is about to take flight. Harbour-facing glass curtain wall is the biggest attraction and the largest in the world.
Address- 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong City, Hong Kong Phone- +44 852 2582 8888
Kowloon park- People need a place to get away sometimes from the endless crowd at every corner of Kowloon and Kowloon Park is a famous place to relax. These days it is an oasis of the green located at the place of the old British and Indian troop’s barracks and off Nathan Road. Inside the park there are vantage points of the city, a huge maze to challenge your mind and a swimming complex to cool off. It also includes a bird sanctuary which has several species including the pink flamingo.
Address- Tsim Sha Tsui. Phone- +44 852 2724 4100
The Peninsula Hotel- The Peninsula Hotel is one of those attractions which are quiet famous. Until land reclamation this hotel used to ruled on the Kowloon coastline. Magnificent views of the Hong Kong Island skyline and Victoria Harbour can be enjoyed from the added floored building. Inside the hotel you may be surprised by its wealth and you will never forget the trip to its bars or restaurants even you are in hurry.
Address- Corner Salisbury and Nathan Roads, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.