Kowloon, Hong Kong » City Info

Kowloon means “Nine Dragons". It was originally a famous site for a walled fort. Now it is a large peninsula on the Chinese mainland, north of Hong Kong Island which has been part of Hong Kong since 1860. Kowloon is most popular among tourists because of Tsim Sha Tsui which means "Elephant’s Trunk”, which is located on the southern tip of the city. Tsim Sha Tsui is well known as one of the famous shopping destinations in Kowloon.

Hong Kong territory is made up Ha Kowloon. The best known part of Kowloon is the tip of the peninsula facing Hong Kong Island which is full of streets crawling with shops and tourists. It looks beautiful when covered up under a spell of neon at night. Kowloon Bay is located at the east of the Kowloon Peninsula and north of Hong Kong Island. The eastern portion of Victoria Harbour lies between Hung Hom and Lei Yue Mun. When the runway of the former Kai Tak International Airport was constructed in the middle of the bay it was divided into half.

The north-eastern Kowloon Bay reclamation near Ngau Tau Kok is also named Kowloon Bay. Initially it was known as Ngau Tau Kok Industrial Area. The name Kowloon Bay was given after the construction of MTR Kowloon Bay Station. The area near the station is residential as well as near the industrial shore.

Health: - Hong Kong is a fairly hygienic city. You do not have to take special vaccinations to enter into city. Even tap water is very safe to drink but not good in taste. So tourists prefer bottled water instead.

Safety: - Kowloon is generally considered as a safe city. But avoid carrying large amounts of cash, credit cards or traveller’s cheques with you as you would do in other big cities.

Food: - You can find good Chinese restaurants everywhere in Hong Kong. The major Chinese dishes are Cantonese, Peking, Shanghai, Szechuan, Taiwan, or Chinese vegetarian food. Western and other Asian cuisines like Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Thai, and Vietnamese are also fairly available. Many restaurants are present in the big hotels which are good but very expensive. Special restaurant guides are offered by The Hong Kong Tourist Association (HKTA) which is free of cost. E.g. the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry pier on Kowloon.

Clothing: - You should dress according to the season. In summer and spring you should wear cotton, silk or linen. Additional sweaters and coats in autumn and winter are preferred. Men need to wear a tie as dress code may be mandatory in elite restaurants. Temperatures in the air conditioned rooms of hotels or offices are comparatively low so a cardigan or jacket comes in handy in all seasons, mainly for wearing it indoors. An official business suit is a must for business tours in Hong Kong as Chinese people are used to very formal attire.


Airplanes: The best and fastest way of Kowloon transport is the Airport Express and it is more comfortable than taking a taxi. Most visitors arrive via plane to the new airport Chek Lap Kok (HKG) which was opened in 1998.

Trains: Train commuting is a smarter way as they depart every 15 minutes. The new Airport Express Train takes you from the airport to Kowloon in 20 minutes and to the Central District in 30 minutes. The station staff will help you with your baggage as trolleys are not allowed on the trains. For the temple of 10.000 Buddha’s visit, Kowloon- Canton Railway (KCR) is the best transport option.

Ferries: Most famous transportation is the lovely old-fashioned Star Ferries having names such as "Morning Star", "Evening Star", etc. which cross the harbour and run specific routes - first between Tsim Sha Tsui on Kowloon and the Central District on Hong Kong Island and second between Tsimshatsui and Wanchai on Hong Kong Island. The subway MTR is very fast and efficient and has three lines - the island line from Sheung Wan via Central and Wanchai to Chai Wan, the Tsuen Wan line from Central via Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan Street and Mongkok up to Tsuen Wan in the New Territories and the Kwun Tong line from Yau Ma Tei in the middle of Kowloon via Kowloon Tong. From this third line you can change to the Kowloon-Canton Railway to Lam Tin in the east of the New Territories.

The Outlying Islands can be visited by boat. You can choose between ordinary and hoover ferries at your convenience. The Outlying Islands Ferry pier is located in the Central District. At least one visit by any of the ferries will complete your journey to Hong Kong. The ferry schedules can be found at the Hong Kong Ferry Website.

Buses: Bus transport is common all over Hong Kong. Lovely double-decker trams are observed in the Central District which run between Kennedy Town in the West and Shau Kei wan. These are slower means of transport but you can enjoy views of Hong Kong street life if you are lucky enough get to the upper deck seat.