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Kowloon: A Top Notch Tourist Destination in Hong Kong

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If you are planning a trip to Hong Kong anytime soon, you must include a visit to Kowloon. This is one of the top tourist destinations in Hong Kong because of the diverse attractions that are available on the peninsula.

Kowloon today is made up of the peninsula and the New Kowloon area. The popular Victoria Harbor is situated south of Kowloon in Hong Kong. In this travel guide, we will discuss about the famous tourist attractions and accommodations of the Kowloon region.

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Kowloon in the morning

Kowloon in the morning © by keepwaddling1

The name ‘Kowloon’ stands for nine dragons; and legend has it that there are eight dragons overlooking the ninth dragon of Kowloon, which is the Emperor of China.

Things to Do in Kowloon

One of the favorite tourist sights is ‘A Symphony of Lights’ which is a spectacular light show flashing on many buildings of the area.

Interesting stories are narrated along with the light show, and this traditional event has been recognized by Guinness Book of World Records. It is a must-see event for all visiting tourists! It adds to the to the beauty and the novelty of Kowloon’s Victoria Harbor.

Symphony of Lights, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Symphony of Lights, Hong Kong, Kowloon © by Francisco Diez

Shek Mei Mip State is another building well worth visiting  as a beautiful example of the culture as it was in the 1950’s and 60’s. Most of the buildings in this area remain  in the same condition as they were in those years, and some of them are still inhabited. Tourists can easily walk to this area from the Metro Rail Station.

Tourist Attractions in Kowloon

This exotic peninsula has some amazing tourist attractions. If you enjoy educational things while traveling, you can delve into the history of the region by taking a tour to the Tsim Sha Tsui, 1881 Heritage, located in the Centre.

Kowloon is also bustling with various marketplaces such as the Temple Street Night Market, Jade Market & Jade Street, and Ladies’ Market. There you will also find such things as fortune-teller stands, jade shops and bird markets in this area.

Some other attractions worth visiting are the Space Museum, the famous Peninsula Hotel, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and the Museum of History.

Space Museum in Kowloon, Hong Kong

Space Museum in Kowloon, Hong Kong by Leopostle

The Promenade, in the East Tsim Sha Tsui area, is a place to go for a leisurely walk while enjoying gorgeous views of Victoria Harbour – especially at night.

The night market popular with tourists is situated in the Temple Street area in Yau Ma Tei. Other tourist attractions include DHL Hong Kong Balloon, Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck, and Dialogue in the Dark.

Getting Around in Kowloon

Kowloon, as a tourist destination, has a convenient ferry system which allows tourists to travel in and out of the city with ease. There are also various taxi cabs available that make it easy and convenient to get around the city.

Victoria Harbour at Dusk

Victoria Harbour at Dusk © by rmlowe

Where to Stay in Kowloon

4 star hotels in Hong Kong start from around $104 per night

Kowloon has a large variety of hotels with all classes of accommodations so that tourists can easily find a suitable place to relax with modern amenities and services.

To make traveling easier, we mention a couple of  accommodations that you might consider when making your travel plans:

Regal Oriental Hotel: This is a luxurious hotel and is easily reached by local transportation and is located close to the Walled City. It has an gourmet restaurant, a complete fitness center, and wireless Internet service for tourists. The rooms are tastefully furnished and equipped with modern amenities to give you a home away from home. There is also a very good Chinese restaurant that serves traditional food.

The Marco Polo Hotel: Those traveling with a somewhat tight budget might consider staying at this hotel where the room rates start from $190 USD per day. It is located close to tourist attractions such as the Hong Kong Park and the Space Museum. There is also a fitness center for those that want a good workout, and a swimming pool to help you beat the heat and relax.

Pros: 

  1. Great place to enjoy Japanese culture and heritage.
  2. A wide range of accommodation options to choose from.

Cons: 

  1. Things at Ladies market are expensive.
  2. Most shops don’t accept credit cards. Cash only.

 

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