Kowloon City, a city with rich history and fascinating tourist sites, now boasts high-end shopping venues and posh restaurants. Be sure to visit the Walled City Park to admire its Chinese-style gardens and architecture as well as historical displays of stone tablets and photographs of the Walled City throughout history. The Holy Trinity Cathedral stands as the oldest church in the city dating back to 1890, and the public market is one of the largest in Hong Kong. If you are looking to buy food, head to the Wet Market where the ground floor sells fresh meats and produce and the second floor hosts a busy food hall. Put Kowloon City at the forefront of your travel plans using our Hong Kong trip itinerary planner.
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Kowloon has a lot going for it in terms of attractions. With a working harbour and many tourist attractions, the scene is set for many busy days and nights taking in the sights, sounds and smells of this bustling destination. From museums and galleries to the city's finest night markets and, of course, the stunning promenade just perfect for strolling arm-in-arm, you are never stuck for something to do in Kowloon. Thanks to the space available in Kowloon, there are many unique facets to it and districts to discover, shopping haunts to explore, new dishes to try out and many, many unusual photograph opportunities. Take your time and plan ahead. See all of the best things to see and do in Kowloon listed below.
Kowloon is often considered to be the more authentic and edgier side of Hong Kong. It may be the most densely populated area, but with this comes a curious mix of old and new culture, and a diverse host of attractions to explore. Here are Trip’s recommendations for where to eat, drink and visit.
Mong Kok shopping area, which covers a labyrinth of narrow streets packed with shops and stalls, offers a wide range of street food at wallet-friendly prices. The top choice is deep-fried sticky tofu, famed for its pungent odour that spreads for miles; the crunchy skin and tender fillings will win you over. Other popular options include curry fish balls, siu mai (pork and prawn dumplings), egg waffles and sweet egg tarts. If you get thirsty after these street snacks, give bubble tea (sometimes known as pearl milk tea) a try. The bubbles, or pearls, refer to chewy tapioca balls which add an interesting texture to this local speciality drink. The majority of street food stalls are scattered on Sai Yeung Choi Street, Dundas Street, Fa Yuen Street and Soy Street.
Lantau Island is a new attraction. It is the largest island in Hong Kong, and is now connected to Kowloon with a bridge. It main attraction is the spectacular multimedia display show named as ‘World’s largest permanent light and sound show’. This symphony of lights is expanded to include 40 more buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour. It is the show of colorful lights, laser beams, search lights which performs unforgettable and stunning events synchronized to music and narration. There are five themes such as Awakening, Energy, Heritage, Partnership and the finale, Celebration which celebrates the energy, spirit and diversity of Hong Kong.
The Goldfish Market
It is situated on Tung Choi Street which is on south of Prince Edward Road West. It is the place for fish lovers to buy all fish-related products. Apart from different kinds of fish and colorful tropical fish, the market also sells special sea creatures like small jellyfish, Brazilian tortoises and dainty sea horses. You can buy variety of fish tanks ranging from the ubiquitous bowl to enormous tanks and also have all sorts of plants and rocks which can create the perfect fish home.
Happy Valley Racecourse- Horse-racing is one of the few gambling activities that is legally allowed in the territory. The race season is from September to June. Races at Happy Valley are usually performed on Wednesday evenings and extra races are held on Sundays and public holidays. Horse race tour is also organized by the Hong Kong Tourist Association for more comfortable view of the races.
People need a place to get away sometimes from the endless crowd at every corner of Kowloon and Kowloon Park is a famous place to relax. These days it is an oasis of the green located at the place of the old British and Indian troops barracks and off Nathan Road. Inside the park there are vantage points of the city, a huge maze to challenge your mind and a swimming complex to cool off. It also includes a bird sanctuary which has several species including the pink flamingo.
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre- It is most important exhibition and convention venue in the territory. Bird-influenced design of the new wing of the center gives the impression that the building is about to take flight. Harbour-facing glass curtain wall is the biggest attraction and the largest in the world.