Hi Travel Buddies,
Kowloon is a place that you won’t want to miss when you travel to Hong Kong.
* Avenue of Stars (Tsim Sha Tsui) – located along the waterfront of Tsim Sha Tsui promenade, where you can take pictures with commemorative plagues, handprints of movie stars, sculptures and statue of Bruce Lee. This place is like the Asia’s version of the Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. It is also a great vantage point to watch A Symphony of Lights – the largest permanent light and sound show by Guinness World Records to showcase more than 40 buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour. Shows at 8pm nightly.
How to go? MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit J or try taking the Star Ferry if you come from Hong Kong Island and make your way there.
* Clock Tower (Tsim Sha Tsui) – Don’t forget to check out the 44m-high clock tower built in 1915 if you are arriving by the Star Ferry from Central, Hong Kong Island.
How to go? Take the Star Ferry from Central or Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island, walk towards the east of Star Ferry Pier or take MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit E.
* 1881 Heritage – located on Canton Road, now features a shopping mall, a heritage hotel and an exhibtion hall (opens 10am to 10pm)
How to go? MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit E, walk towards Salisbury Road, turn right and take the subway next to YMCA next to 1881 heritage.
* Temple Street Night Market (Yau Ma Tei) – Also known as ‘Men Street’, opens from 4pm and offers from a wide range of inexpensive items like CDs, DVDs, clothes, footwear, especially for men, to open-air street food stalls (dgai-pgai-dawng in cantonese). Best time to visit is between 7pm to 10pm.
How to go? MTR Jordan Station Exit A. Turn right to Jordan Road and walk 3 blocks to Temple Street or MTR yau Ma Tei Station Exit C and walk along Man Ming Lane to Temple Street.
* Jade Market and Jade Street (Yau Ma Tei) – As the name implies, there are about 400 stalls selling all varieties and grades of jade. You can have your potential purchase tested at the Jade Plaza.
How to go? MTR Yau Ma Tei Station Exit C and walk to Kansu Street or continue walking along Kansu Street to Canton Road for 10 to 15 minutes.
* Ladies’ Market (Mong Kok) – One of the most popular market, opens from noon to 11.30pm. Lots of bargainable clothings, bags, accessories, toys, knick-knacks. Best time to visit is from 1pm to 6pm when there’s more to offer.
How to go? MTR Mong Kok Station Exit E2 and walk along Nelson Street for 2 blocks.
* Bird Garden/Flower Market/Goldfish/Market (Mong Kok) – pay an interesting visit to the 3 markets often frequent by the locals, located along Yuen Po Street is the Bird Garden, adjacent to it is Flower Market and the Goldfish Market is along Tung Choi Street.
How to go? MTR Prince Edward Station Exit B1 and walk east along Prince Eward Road West.
* Cheung Sha Wan Road Fashion Street and Apliu Street Market – a great place to pick up latest fashions at wholesale prices at Cheung Sha Wan Road Fashion Street, usually opens during office hours. Apliu Street Market is a flea market selling cheap clothings to antique clocks to second-hand electronic goods.
How to go? MTR Sham Shui Po Station Exit C1 and C2 to Cheung Sha Wan or Apliu Street respectively.
* Kowloon Walled City Park – an award winning beautiful Chinese park and garden in 1995, featuring a Qing dynasty almshouse…
How to go? Take Bus 1 from Star Ferry Pier and alight opposite the park at Tung Tau Tsuen Road or take taxi from Lok Fu MTR Exit B
* Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple (Wong Tai Sin) – One of the most popular temples in Hong Kong. Busiest times are around Chinese New Year and Wong Tai Sin’s birthday (23rd day of the eighth month of the Chinese Calendar, usually in Septmember)
How to go? MTR Wong Tai Sin Station Exit B2 or B3, 3 minute walk.
* Nan Lian Garden (Diamond Hill) – this scenic garden of over 3.5 hectares, built in the ancient style of the Tang dynasty. Apart from the Lotus Pond and Blue Pond, visitors can enjoy vegetarian cuisine at the Long Men Lou restaurant.
How to go? MTR Diamond Hill Station Exit C2, then follow the signs to the garden.
* Lei Yue Mun Seafood Bazaar (Kwun Tong) – once a small fishing village, now one of Hong Kong’s prime seafood venues, where you can select your own live seafood and decide on how you like it prepared.
How to go? MTR Yau Tong Station Exit A2, take green minibus 24 to Sam Ka Tsuen Ferry Pier and follow the signs, about 15-minute walk.
Smart Traveller’s Tip:
Do not miss taking the Star Ferry – the cheapest way to see the breathtaking panaromic views from Kowloon to Central for only HK$2.50 (weekdays) or HK$3 (weekends and public holidays). Be sure to head up to the upper deck to get a much better views and photos taking. Operates 6.30am to 11.30pm