Travellers to Hong Kong often have to make a tough choice – whether to stay in Hong Kong Island or Kowloon. If you have been planning a trip to this world city, the answer is right here —Kowloon, of course!
Kowloon can easily be described as Hong Kong’s fairytale counterpart that turned into a swanky beauty almost as magically as the fairy godmother transformed Cinderella. It boasts of some of the most exquisite views of Hong Kong’s showstopper skyline, multiple Michelin Star restaurants, unique shopping experiences and expansive public parks.
It is the perfect choice if you want to experience the more authentic side of Hong Kong, dive into the country’s interesting history and of course, have easy access to the best entertainment and activity options Hong Kong offers. Here’s a glimpse!
Dazzling rooftop bars
Imagine sipping luscious pink margarita and nibbling on succulent ham croquettes while gazing at some of the most bewitching views of Hong Kong’s skyline at a posh rooftop bar. When in Kowloon, you can spend your evenings witnessing sunsets you will remember for a long time at some of the most celebrated bars such as Ozone (Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong – 118th floor), Aqua Spirit and Eyebar. What’s not to love!
If your vacation does not end without a day shopping at malls that spell luxury, Kowloon promises to spoil you with options. Select luxury watches (read Cartier, Chopard and Breguet) and timeless jewellery (read Tiffany and Van Cleef) at the iconic 1881 Heritage or explore the unending expanse of Harbour City – a shopping experience you have to try! At the end of the day, your wallet might be lighter, but your heart will be a lot fuller!
Legendary food options
Over the years, Kowloon has almost become synonymous to classy food. It is a treasure chest for authentic Cantonese delicacies that blend their flavours with unmatchable views of the glittery Victoria Harbour. Kowloon is also home to many multi-Michelin Star restaurants that promise to satiate even the most hard-to-please palates. The peninsula’s many independent cafes and dessert parlours will ensure that you enjoy enough quality ‘me’ time in their cosy corners. We suggest you try the gourmet dimsums at Yan Toh Heen (at Intercontinental Hong Kong) and one of the many inventive dishes with a French influence at Felix (Peninsula Hotel). The ostentatious views that accompany the scrumptious food there are only an icing on the cake.
Hit Kowloon’s popular waterfront early in the morning to experience sheer solitude and during evenings to witness the busy crowds and vibrant atmosphere. An Instagram newbie or veteran? This place has you covered.
If you are a history fan, you will fall in love with Kowloon in an instant. Your travel itinerary will be dominated by the many museums Kowloon houses – Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Museum of History, Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum, Hong Kong Science Museum and Hong Kong Space Museum. They not only offer the perfect peek into Hong Kong’s culture and art but also hold various interactive exhibitions that ensure to keep you glued to them. Keep around 2-3 hours aside to visit each museum. Psssttt..Most of them have free entry on Wednesdays!
After all the luxe shopping and champagne sipping, you might want to break free from the bounties of the modern world. Whether it is spotting rare birds at the calming Kowloon Park or exploring the many floral walks at the historically important Kowloon Walled City Park, you will have ample of opportunities to have some quality conversations with nature.
If your holiday starts with a soothing bubble bath in the comfort of your hotel room or a tranquil spa treatment to melt away all the travel fatigue, Kowloon is where you should head. From extravagant hotels offering beautifully designed rooms and sweeping views of the Victoria Harbour to boutique ones promising a quiet, memorable stay, Kowloon has them all.
Religion is important in Kowloon, just like in the rest of Hong Kong. When in Kowloon, the Wong Tai Sin Temple is a must visit. This temple, devoted to the three most followed religions in China – Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism, is famous for Kau Cim – a Chinese fortune telling practice. To know what’s in store for you, all you need to do is shake a bamboo container with numerous bamboo sticks and wait till one falls loose. Read the number on that one (they all have a number) and hear the fortune-teller unfold your fate. Excited?
Every evening at 8pm, you will witness the heady mix of lights, laser and music in the form of the flashy Symphony of Lights show. Head straight to the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, outside the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, to get the best views.
Apart from the regular and convenient Mass Transit Railway (MTR) that connects Kowloon to Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Motor Bus service that is another quick option, Kowloon is connected to the main island by ferries – the most famous one being Star Ferry. So, when in Kowloon, travelling will be a breeze. All you will need to worry about is where you want to spend your next hour!
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