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Travel Guide

One of Hong Kong’s busiest and most densely populated areas has famous shopping precincts alongside some of the city’s most peaceful locations.

From grand shopping malls and crowded pedestrian streets, to the tranquility of a Buddhist monastery and a classical Chinese garden, Kowloon charms with its eclectic character.

Go to Tsim Sha Tsui (also known as TST), one of the principal shopping areas in Hong Kong. Here you’ll find Nathan Road, the main artery through Kowloon and perhaps Hong Kong’s most famous street.

Nathan Road is lined on both sides with department stores, fashion boutiques, restaurants, and shops selling jewelry, electronics and home wares. Many are open until midnight or later. It is worth staying in the area until evening to see it lit up in neon, when the jungle of huge advertising signs are switched on. Don’t just stick to the main road: Try some of the side streets, as well, where the goods are cheaper.

For shopping on an epic scale, go to Harbor City. This is one of Hong Kong’s largest malls, with four different zones housing hundreds of stores, cinemas and dozens of restaurants.

While visiting TST, head to the waterfront promenade. It is a wonderful place to walk and relax, and is also home to the Avenue of Stars. This popular attraction pays tribute to the stars of Hong Kong’s movie industry with paving slabs similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Make sure you stay for the Symphony of Lights, a free music and light show staged every evening.

Kowloon also offers a number of tranquil escapes. Step inside the Chi Lin Nunnery, a large Buddhist complex where you can relax by lotus ponds and in quiet courtyards. Right next door is the Nan Lian Garden, one of Hong Kong’s greenest and most beautiful locations.

Kowloon is a peninsula on the Chinese mainland north of Hong Kong. To reach it, take the Star Ferry from the central business district to Tsim Sha Tsui, or use the metro line that runs under the harbor.

Where to stay in Kowloon

Royal Plaza Hotel
Royal Plaza Hotel
4.5 out of 5
193 Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok, Kowloon
Free Cancellation
The price is NT$1,647 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27

Located in Mong Kok, this luxury hotel is steps from Flower Market and Yuen Po Bird Market. Mong Kok Stadium and Sneaker Street are also within 10 minutes. Hong ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (3,368 reviews)

"could not enjoy free upgrade by Expedia, no bathtub, nice location"…"

Reviewed on 2021/4/9

Royal Plaza Hotel
Cordis, Hong Kong
Cordis, Hong Kong
5 out of 5
555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon
The price is NT$2,634 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17

This family-friendly Kowloon hotel is located in a shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Langham Place Mall and Ladies' Market. Flower Market and International ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (2,122 reviews)

"The staff were friendly and welcoming to us and our children. Would recommend for an easy staycation. The room sizes are very good."…"

Reviewed on 2021/3/31

Cordis, Hong Kong
The Langham, Hong Kong
The Langham, Hong Kong
5 out of 5
8 Peking Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon
The price is NT$3,366 per night from Apr 12 to Apr 13

This family-friendly Kowloon hotel is located by the sea, just steps from Harbour City and Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. Victoria Harbour and Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (986 reviews)

"Breakfast was great. Attitude of the staff was excellent."…"

Reviewed on 2021/1/28

The Langham, Hong Kong
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Two MacDonnell Road
Two MacDonnell Road
4 out of 5
Two MacDonnell Road, Mid-Level, Hong Kong
The price is NT$3,074 per night from Apr 17 to Apr 18

This family-friendly Hong Kong aparthotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Hong Kong Zoo and Botanical Gardens, The Peak Tram, ...

4.4/5Excellent! (443 reviews)

"We book a normal twin room but the actual room is very small, a great difference from the photos we saw in the information. We called the front desk and she needs us to pay for HK400 more to change to another room. Another room is much more bigger a lot and we can cook for Halloween eve. ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/11/6

Two MacDonnell Road
Bali Holiday Resort
Bali Holiday Resort
2.5 out of 5
G/F No.8 Yung Shue Wan Main Street, Lamma Island
The price is NT$1,663 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27

Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Sok Kwu Wan and within 6 mi (10 km) of Ocean Park and Soho. Victoria Harbour and Lan Kwai Fong ...

3.9/5Very Good! (44 reviews)

"Their rooms were clean and bathroom as well. Not satisfied with their so called “sea view” room type and quite pricey for that type of room. Overall, comfy and clean."…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/14

Bali Holiday Resort
Eaton Residences, Wan Chai Gap Road
Eaton Residences, Wan Chai Gap Road
4 out of 5
3-5 Wan Chai Gap Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
The price is NT$2,302 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26

Located in Wan Chai, this aparthotel is steps from Wan Chai Market and Wan Chai Road. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and Central Plaza are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (249 reviews)

"The location is good! Receptionist is nice and helpful. Room is clean and comfy"…"

Reviewed on 2021/1/22

Eaton Residences, Wan Chai Gap Road
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Kowloon


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Feb 10, 2020

Great, walkable shopping Night Markets, lovely place, you will feel safe, and comfortable with the staff.

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 5, 2020

To me, the environment in Yau Tsim Mong, Kowloon, is relatively familiar and deeply intimate. You can easily reach area for eating or shopping; or take the high-speed rail to the mainland or HK Airport MTR to the airport, saving you a lot of time.

4/5 - Good


Jan 25, 2020

Busy, lots to see and do.

3/5 - Okay

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Jan 24, 2020

Busy and full of restaurants/shops, but nothing unique compared to other areas

4/5 - Good

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Jan 24, 2020

Kowloon is intense. It feels more like New York or Tokyo than Taipei or Shanghai. The street pattern is tricky -- you really need a map, and a GPS-based navigation is a huge help. Dorsett Mongkok will give you a phone for that: use it!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 8, 2020

Love love Kowloon

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