Kowloon is a peninsula in southeast China, mostly part of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The eponymous part of Hong Kong is located on the peninsula. It is washed by the waters of the South China Sea. The area is about 700 km². The coast is replete with rocky capes, bays, coastal islands.
The Kowloon Peninsula is the southernmost mass of Hong Kong territory. Here, next to the most densely populated point on the planet, the Mong Kok area, green parks, temples and monasteries flourish.
Kowloon is one of the most beautiful areas in Hong Kong. It can be safely called the center of shopping and entertainment. It is here that most of the country’s museums are concentrated, the most interesting sights and beautiful parks are located, magnificent hotels, restaurants and shopping centers are built. Life in Kowloon does not stop for a second, tourists tend to this particular part of the country to enjoy all the charm of this urbanized and at the same time ancient place.
Kowloon Attractions: Tsim Sha Tsui Temple, Wong Tai Temple, Clock Tower, Cultural Center, Space Museum, Fine Arts Museum, History Museum, Song Dynasty Village Museum, Goldfish Market, Jade Market, Bird Market (Bird Garden), Night Market, Ladies Market, Taoist Monastery (Yau Ma Tei), Star Ferry Station.
It is better to start the tour with a visit to the historical citadel
WALLED KOWLOON CITY PARK– a village surrounded by stone walls that existed in the 19th century. The walls served the locals as a defense against bandits. When the British army captured the New Territories from China in 1899, the village’s iron gates were taken out of the country by the British as a trophy as a token of victory. Only in 1924, after long negotiations, was it possible to return them to their original place. On the way back, you can visit the famous Taoist temple Wong Tai Sin, which has existed for 75 years, and the city park of Kaulun. The park recreates the atmosphere of a Chinese city ruled by the ancient Qing Dynasty. The former Walled City in Kowloon, once a semi-illegal high-rise slum, has now been converted into an award-winning pavilion park. The park offers Qing Dynasty relics, giant Chinese chess boards, flower avenues,
Finally, visit one of the largest jewelry factories in Hong Kong. The jewelry industry for Hong Kong is in fourth place in terms of profitability.
To visit the Peninsula of the Nine Dragons means to plunge into the amazing atmosphere of an endless string of markets, get acquainted with the customs and beliefs of local residents and visit the most revered temple here, Wong Tai Sin, a Buddhist convent in the style of the Tang era, a historical fortified park in the Kowloon area, flower, bird and fish markets, women’s market, dinner at a famous restaurant and local tea tasting.
Open daily from 06.30 to 23.00.
AVENUE OF STARS
On Asia’s first Avenue of Stars, you will be able to see signs honoring the stars of the silver screen as well as those behind the camera. The latest innovation was the unveiling of a bronze statue of legendary kung fu actor Bruce Lee. Learn everything you want to know about 100 years of Asian Hollywood and take in the star-studded views of the harbor.
HONG KONG HISTORY MUSEUM
The Hong Kong Museum of History tells the history of the city through the excellent History of Hong Kong exhibition and rotating themed exhibitions. They cover the life of Hong Kong over many centuries, from the earliest settlements, continuing with the story of Chinese dynasties, and ending with the colonial period and modern times. The Hong Kong History Museum is one of the main attractions of Hong Kong. Filled with wonderful hands-on exhibitions, this museum is dedicated to preserving the material and visual culture of Hong Kong. The museum also displays souvenirs from the Chinese local authorities to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in honor of the handover of Hong Kong to China.
Celebrating its centenary in 1998, the Star Ferry is one of the most impressive ferry rides in the world. It only takes about nine minutes to cross the harbor by ferry, but the picturesque moments you will spend on board will be remembered for a lifetime. It is a very advantageous public transport for sightseeing. This trip will bring pleasure to both children and adults. If you choose an evening ferry ride, you can see the Symphony of Lights show on the water. On one side will be the glittering shores of Hong Kong Island, on the other, the Kowloon Peninsula.
Known as Tong Choi Street, this lively street market is open from noon until almost midnight. Here you can buy mostly inexpensive items for women, including jeans, bags, cosmetics and various accessories. Profitable purchases (including for men) and fun pastime.
JADE MARKET AND JADE STREET
In China, jade is believed to have great spiritual value for warding off evil. Located in Yau Ma Tei, the jade market holds 450 stalls selling all types of jade. Nearby is Jade Road, located on Canton Road between Kangsu Road and Jordan Road, with shops open from 10:30 am to 02:30 am. Jade and gemstones are sampled at Jade Plaza.
SIK SIK YUEN WON TAI TEMPLE
Named after one of Hong Kong’s most famous Taonist dynasties, the temple is both a place of prayer and a community center. This is one of the most popular temples in Hong Kong. Three religions are practiced in this colorful temple – Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. Foretellers of the future can often be found outside the gates of the temple. Some of them speak English.
LEI YUE MUN SEAFOOD DISTRICT
This is a collection of fishing villages in the Kwun Ton area of Kowloon. Here, restaurant visitors can choose live fish and seafood to their liking, which will be immediately prepared by the best chefs.
CULTURAL CENTER OF HONG KONG. HONG KONG SPACE MUSEUM. HONG KONG ART MUSEUM
The Hong Kong Cultural Center is one of its main venues for multi-art performances. The adjoining Hong Kong Museum of Art offers Chinese history and fine arts, calligraphy, historical paintings, various antiquities, Hong Kong contemporary art and occasional touring exhibitions. The Hong Kong Space Museum offers Omnimax shows, sky shows and astronomy exhibits.
ZOOLOGICAL AND BOTANICAL GARDENS
The Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens are located on Hong Kong Island and cover an area of 5.6 hectares. The gardens were founded in 1864 and have retained their original appearance.
The whole territory is divided by Albany Road into 2 parts – to the east of it, there are mainly greenhouses and bird aviaries, various types of plants grow, there is a children’s playground, and in the west – a habitat for animals. The zoo was attached to the botanical one in 1975.
The Zoological and Botanical Gardens are a favorite vacation spot for locals with children and tourists. Here are rich flora and fauna. Numerous collection of birds – more than 900 individuals, 280 species. Animals include jaguars, leopards, kangaroos and the world’s largest collection of red-cheeked gibbons. This green island in the stone jungle of Hong Kong is a favorite training place for passionate fans of tai chi. Here you can see all the attributes of the Victorian park, including a wrought iron music kiosk.
TEMPLE STREET NIGHT MARKET A
twin to the “women’s market,” Temple Street Night Market opens daily at 4pm but doesn’t really get bustling until after 6pm, offering a wide selection of inexpensive items for men (and some for women), from jeans and T-shirts to bags and shoes. There you can meet fortune-tellers and impromptu Chinese opera singers.
NUTSFORD TERRACE. NUTSFORD STEPS
With a wide selection of exotic cuisines, this center of international culinary delights caters for all tastes. This is truly a smorgasbord of flavors. As befits an oasis of international cuisine, the area is filled with people enjoying Hong Kong’s culinary delights.