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KowloonHong Kong SAR

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!(1,342 area reviews)

The captivating waterfront views and popular shops are just a few highlights of Tsim Sha Tsui. Make a stop by Victoria Harbour or K11 Shopping Mall while you're exploring the area.

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

Mong Kok

4.5/5Wonderful!(321 area reviews)

Mong Kok is known for its popular shops, and you can see some sights in the area like Victoria Harbour and Langham Place Mall.

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 Nathan Road Shopping District.

Jordan
Tsim Sha Tsui which includes a fountain and a city

Yau Ma Tei

4/5Very Good!(319 area reviews)

Yau Ma Tei is popular for its popular shops. Explore top sights like Victoria Harbour 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

The captivating waterfront views and popular shops are a few things travelers love about Yau Tsim Mong. Check out Victoria Harbour or Temple Street Night Market while you're visiting, and 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!(131 area reviews)

Hung Hom is popular for its captivating waterfront views. Explore top sights like Kowloon Bay and Victoria Harbour, 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
Royal Plaza Hotel
Royal Plaza Hotel
4.5 out of 5
193 Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok, Kowloon
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥5,886 per night

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! (3,304 reviews)

"Nice hotel with a connecting mall where u can get anything u need Had the check-out time extended till 2pm which is a perfect VIP privilege"…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Royal Plaza Hotel
Cordis, Hong Kong
Cordis, Hong Kong
5 out of 5
555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon
The price is ¥12,262 per night

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! (2,398 reviews)

"I like the service of the staffs. They are very helpful and friendly. I love the location just next to a mall. Convenient for food, shopping and transportation. I love Cordis has a nice HK view as our room in 35/F. The 24 hrs gym room is very good and the swimming pool is beautiful!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2020

Cordis, Hong Kong
Eaton HK
Eaton HK
4 out of 5
380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon
The price is ¥6,131 per night

Located in Jordan, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Temple Street Night Market, Kowloon Mosque and Islamic Centre, and Kowloon Park. Ladies' ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,032 reviews)

"Very attentive to my request. It was a pleasant state at this hotel."…"

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2020

Eaton HK

Popular places to visit in Kowloon

Victoria Harbour
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Victoria Harbour

4.5/5(617 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(407 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(731 reviews)

Lose yourself amid the stalls, massage vendors, restaurants and chaos of this market in one of the most densely populated suburbs on Earth. 

Harbour City
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Harbour City

4.5/5(506 reviews)

You can search for that perfect souvenir with a trip to Harbour City, a popular shopping spot in Kowloon. Amble around this culturally rich area's waterfront or experience its fascinating museums.

Kowloon Park
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Kowloon Park

4/5(242 reviews)

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

Nathan Road Shopping District
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Nathan Road Shopping District

4/5(834 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home with a trip to Nathan Road Shopping District, a popular shopping spot in Kowloon. Check out the top-notch restaurants or lively bars in this walkable area.

Top things to do in Kowloon

Skip-the-Line The Peak Tram & Hong Kong Island Tour with Stanley Market
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Skip-the-Line The Peak Tram & Hong Kong Island Tour with Stanley Market

¥3,446
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Lantau Enlightenment Afternoon Tour
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Lantau Enlightenment Afternoon Tour

¥13,757
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Venetian and Historic Macao Tour with Lunch on Macau Tower
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Venetian and Historic Macao Tour with Lunch on Macau Tower

¥16,899
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Lantau Island Tour with Big Buddha, Tai O Boat Ride & Lunch
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Lantau Island Tour with Big Buddha, Tai O Boat Ride & Lunch

¥15,080
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Half-Day City Tour
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Half-Day City Tour

¥5,686
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Tesla Airport Transfer - Hong Kong International Airport
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Tesla Airport Transfer - Hong Kong International Airport

¥9,587
Per adult

Reviews of Kowloon

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
940
5 - Excellent 58.13234384662956%
4 - Good
544
4 - Good 33.64254792826221%
3 - Okay
106
3 - Okay 6.555349412492269%
2 - Disappointing
15
2 - Disappointing 0.9276437847866419%
1 - Terrible
12
1 - Terrible 0.7421150278293135%

5/5 - Excellent

TimothyK

Feb 10, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

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

TWJeni

Jan 25, 2020

Busy, lots to see and do.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 24, 2020

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

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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