While in Hong Kong, we loved the idea to walk around a bit in the Tsim Sha Tsui area, which is where our hotel is located. Since we stayed just in front of Kowloon Park, it has been our favorite place to stroll, if we were not exploring the lengths of Nathan Road or of the Temple Street Night Market and the nearby blocks.
Most things we’ve done in Hong Kong are free yet very enjoyable nonetheless. Rather than going to the malls or hanging out in expensive places, we wanted to go local.
Kowloon Park is just across our hotel; it’s close enough, we can see it from our window. Situated near the harbour of Tsim Sha Tsui, remains of British presence, like some old cannons, are still in the park. But, this pagoda reminds me that I am in Hong Kong.
Several museums, including Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre can be found there too. It was closed when we tried to check it out, though.
Several ponds can also be found throughout the park, and the one that is particularly nice one is where the flamingos, ducks and pigeons thrive.
How can I forget to mention about the flowers? I particularly love this one, though I don’t know the name.
The park looks quite old, but it’s still a good place to hangout. It also offers a view that contrasts nature with modernity.
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
This, perhaps, is the best spot to get an unobstructed view of the Central skyline.
Unfortunately, the Avenue of the Stars was closed for renovation. And it seems like many other spots are under construction, too!
Hong Kong Space Museum
The exhibits in this predominantly interactive museum, enable the visitors to learn through the entertaining and educational experiences available like the moon walk, glider flying, and rocket launching. Part of it is also under renovation when we were in Hong Kong.
A remnant of the site of the former Kowloon Station on the Kowloon-Canton Railway, it is made of red bricks and granite, 44 metres high, with a 7-metre lightning rod on top.
Star Ferry Pier
Located adjacent to the Clock Tower, Star Ferry Pier is full of vintage white-and-green boats known as Star Ferries. A sense of Hong Kong’s history and the influence of the British can be seen on the decks of these boats which also happens to offer low fares to and from the Hong Kong Island.
The most important road of Kowloon and known as the Golden Mile, it is lined with shops and restaurants and throngs of tourists.
You will be stopped by many Indians here who will try to sell you the fake watches and suit, especially if you are white (imagine how annoyed my husband was!)
Nathan Road is also famous for its neon glowing signboards of countless brands, especially jewellery shops.
How about you? Which areas in Tsim Sha Tsui do you like to see?
Have you been to Hong Kong? What are you favorite places?