KowloonHong Kong SAR

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Visit Kowloon

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

Tsim Sha Tsui which includes a fountain and a city

Tsim Sha Tsui

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,322 area reviews)

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

Tsim Sha Tsui
Mong Kok which includes cbd, a city and signage

Mong Kok

4.5/5Wonderful!(311 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
Temple Street Night Market showing night scenes and markets as well as a family

Jordan

Travelers to Jordan praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Temple Street Night Market and Jade Market.

Jordan
West Kowloon which includes modern architecture

Yau Ma Tei

4/5Very Good!(312 area reviews)

Yau Ma Tei is popular for its popular shops. Explore top sights like Elements Shopping Mall and Temple Street Night Market, and you can get around town on the metro at Kowloon Station.

Yau Ma Tei
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade showing a city and a bay or harbor

Yau Tsim Mong

Captivating waterfront views and popular shops are a few of the things travelers enjoy most about Yau Tsim Mong. A visit to Jade Market or Temple Street Night Market is also recommended, and you can jump aboard the metro at Kowloon Station to get around town.

Yau Tsim Mong
Hung Hom which includes street scenes and night scenes

Hung Hom

4/5Very Good!(129 area reviews)

Hung Hom is popular for its captivating waterfront views. Explore top sights like Hung Hom Ferry Pier and Hong Kong Coliseum, and you can get around town on the metro at Whampoa Station.

Hung Hom

Top Hotels in Kowloon

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Eaton HK
Eaton HK
4 out of 5
380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon
NT$1,638
per night
Feb 3 - Feb 4

This family-friendly Kowloon hotel is located in a shopping district, within a 5-minute walk of Temple Street Night Market and Jade Market. Victoria Harbour ...

4.1/5Very Good! (5,146 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 2020/1/16

Eaton HK
Royal Plaza Hotel
Royal Plaza Hotel
4.5 out of 5
193 Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok, Kowloon
NT$1,908
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

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! (7,594 reviews)

"This is a Five Star Hotel at Three Star Pricing. H.K> is quite empty these days but the buffet crowd was insane - Great food. Rooms are truly modern and Monkok location excellent. Lions Bar is not so good servicewise and value compared with the rest of it."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/17

Royal Plaza Hotel
Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong
Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong
5 out of 5
64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NT$4,009
per night
Feb 10 - Feb 11

This family-friendly Kowloon hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 5-minute walk of Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and K11 Shopping Mall. Kowloon ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,985 reviews)

"Service and room are excellent. Swimming pool was rather small."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/19

Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong

Popular things to do in Kowloon

Victoria Harbour
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Victoria Harbour

4.5/5(606 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.

Kowloon Bay
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Kowloon Bay

4.5/5(396 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Kowloon with a trip to Kowloon Bay. Make time to visit the area's shops, or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Ladies' Market
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Ladies' Market

4/5(727 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(220 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.

Nathan Road Shopping District
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Nathan Road Shopping District

4/5(823 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy when you visit Nathan Road Shopping District, a popular shopping spot in Kowloon. Check out the top-notch restaurants or lively bars in this walkable area.

Kowloon Park
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Kowloon Park

4/5(239 reviews)

The former site of a British military base, today this green oasis overlooking the harbor is one of Hong Kong’s prettiest areas.

Reviews of Kowloon

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 58.47989949748744%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 33.47989949748744%
3 - Okay
101
3 - Okay 6.344221105527638%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.9422110552763819%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.7537688442211056%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 8, 2020

Love love Kowloon

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 8, 2020

Busy and less crowded

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 7, 2020

I love Kowloon area!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 1, 2020

Love Kowloon.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 31, 2019

Fun. I liked the street markets and the ferry over to Central. I didn't like how a lot of women were just sitting in groups on the street and other public parts of the city for some reason. It seemed quite seedy to me.

5/5 - Excellent

Randy&Kelly

Dec 27, 2019

Beautiful Vibrant City..

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