Kowloon Travel Guide - with Wired Destinations
Kowloon Travel Info – with Wired Destinations
The southern part of Kowloon, from south of Boundary Street to Stonecutters Island, was ceded to the British under the Convention of Peking in 1856. In the 1860s, Germany, Russia, France and Japan began to carve their influence for themselves in China. The British forced China to lease the New Territories and New Kowloon to Britain for 99 years. The area remained undeveloped for many years and was only used by the British for tiger hunting. The city started to develop in the early 20th century, with the construction of the Kowloon Wharf and the Kowloon-Canton Railway (KCR).
Getting around Kowloon
A classic way to arrive in Kowloon is by taking a scenic Star Ferry boat trip across the beautiful harbors of Hong Kong Island. Boats take of from piers in Central or Wan Chai in Hong Kong Island to Tsim Sha Tsui or Hung Hom in Kowloon.
In Hung Hom, the Kowloon-Canton Railway Station is where trains for China and the New Territories depart. To the west of the train station is the Cross Harbor Tunnel where Kowloon and Hong Kong Island are linked.
The KCR runs from Hung Hom in Kowloon to the Mainland at Lo Wu. Hung Hom is the starting point for rail trips to Central, North Point and Wan Chai, as well as to mainland China.
Kowloon is best seen on foot. There is no tram in Kowloon as on Hong Kong Island to take travelers around town, but most areas of interest are not too far apart. Kowloon is also packed with the highest concentration of restaurants, stores, shopping malls, attractions and Kowloon hotels.
Kowloon Hotels and Accommodations
Many luxury Kowloon hotels are ranked among the best in the world. There are also guesthouses and hostels providing comfortable and affordable accommodations for the budget traveler. Here are the top Kowloon Hotels we recommend.
Visitors to Kowloon will be surprised by the wide variety of activities available to them. Visit Kung Fu corner at Kowloon Park and enjoy watching free martial arts demonstrations and cultural performances. The Hong Kong Bruce Lee Club features a bronze Bruce Lee statue. Located on the popular Avenue of Stars on the Kowloon Waterfront, this bronze statue stands 2.5 meters high and weighs over 600 kilograms. Tai Chi Classes are on offer on the Avenue of Stars, Tsim Sha Tsui. Join the class for instruction on how to keep the body fit and how to balance your Chi before starting a day of Kowloon sightseeing.
Kowloon is an exciting part of Hong Kong that offers a myriad of attractions that draw numerous visitors all year round. From old historical Kowloon temples to modern skyscrapers and international style buildings, there are plenty of attractions that are within easy reach, either by taking the MTR, the local buses or taxis.
At the tip of the peninsula is one of Hong Kong's most dazzling shopping districts, Tsim Sha Tsui. Further north are the traditional areas of Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok. Both areas are lined with street markets and old buildings that have escaped demolition. Located on the eastern part of the peninsula are Tsim Sha Tsui East and Hung Hom, in which both are exclusively a succession of Kowloon hotels, Kowloon shopping centers, fine restaurants and nightclubs.
Kowloon is known for delicious, cheap restaurants that serves dishes quickly. The area has an enormous range of inexpensive Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian and Thai restaurants. The growing Thai community in Kowloon has opened up scores of Thai supermarkets, fast-food chains, restaurants and karaoke bars.
Though Kowloon itself is only a few square kilometers in size, it is one of the most crowded and developed areas in the world. In Kowloon, the district in which most bars and clubs likely to appeal to visitors are located is Tsim Sha Tsui. Kowloon nightlife around the area tends to be split between bars that cater to locals and those that are exclusively aimed at tourists. One of the most famous places to enjoy the most of Kowloon's nightlife is Ned Kelly's Last Stand, located in Tsim Sha Tsui East. Regarded as the oldest Jazz Bar in Asia, the place offers a warm and cozy atmosphere while guests enjoy excellent music performed by locals.