Kowloon Orientation Walk, Hong Kong (Self Guided), Hong Kong

One of the most famous parts of Hong Kong, the Kowloon district is also one of the most densely populated on the planet, having streets packed with shops and diners. Located north of the Hong Kong island, Kowloon can be described as the mirror of Central Hong Kong, featuring great places to view the night skyline from. Some of the most popular attractions to shop or see in Kowloon are listed below; most of them are set around the dazzling Nathan Road.
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Kowloon Orientation Walk, Hong Kong Map

Guide Name: Kowloon Orientation Walk, Hong Kong
Guide Location: Hong Kong » Hong Kong (See other walking tours in Hong Kong)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Author: emma
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Victoria Harbour

1) Victoria Harbour (must see)

The Victoria Harbour is the area that contains all the places of interest Hong Kong is famous for, being shielded on both sides by stunning skylines – skyscrapers and Victoria Peak on one side, and the Tsim Sha Tsui shoreline on the other.

Victoria Harbour is a natural landform harbour situated between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon in Hong Kong. The harbour's deep, sheltered waters and strategic location on the South China Sea were instrumental in Hong Kong's establishment as a British colony and its subsequent development as a trading center. Throughout its history, the harbour has seen numerous reclamation projects undertaken on both shores, many of which have caused controversy in recent years. Environmental concerns have been expressed about the effects of these expansions, in terms of water quality and loss of natural habitat. It has also been proposed that benefits of land reclamation may be less than the effects of decreased harbour width, affecting the number of vessels passing through the harbour. Nonetheless, Victoria Harbour still retains its founding role as a port for thousands of international vessels each year. Long famous for its spectacular views, the harbour is a major tourist attraction of Hong Kong. Lying in the middle of the territory's dense urban region, the harbour is the site of annual fireworks displays and its promenades are popular gathering places for tourists and residents.

Why You Should Visit:
Great place to chill, with plenty of seats to relax and watch the shipping and small boats that constantly pass by, as well as a few parks for when a retreat from the city noise is required.
You don't get bored, either, as there are plenty of places to shop, plenty of restaurants/bars that offer good views, and many other activities.

Tip:
Take a boat ride on the harbor circle line and enjoy the views on a clear day or at night.
The great thing about catching the ferry is that you have a few options as to what ferry station (port) you can travel to in Hong Kong. That way you get to see most of the harbour.
Symphony of Lights show is at 8pm each day. Though it might be a bit disappointing compared to what you may see posted online, it's surely not to be missed when in HK, as it's free and the skyline itself is already very special.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Hong Kong Space Museum

2) Hong Kong Space Museum (must see)

One of the most famous museums in Hong Kong is the Space Museum, managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

The museum has two wings: east and west. The former consists of the nucleus of the museum's planetarium, which has an egg-shaped dome structure. Beneath it are the Stanley Ho Space Theater, the Hall of Space Science, workshops and offices. The west wing houses the Hall of Astronomy, the Lecture Hall, a gift shop and offices.

The planetarium's egg-shaped dome covers more than 8,000 square meters, making it a famous landmark in Hong Kong. It was the first local planetarium for the popularization of astronomy and space science. It even houses a mockup of the nose and cockpit section of the Space Shuttle orbiter.

The museum features two main exhibition halls: the Hall of Space Science is on the ground floor and the Hall of Astronomy on the first floor.

Why You Should Visit:
Exceptional 3D space theatre; sometimes open until late and you can place the 30-40min movie in your agenda before ending the night by viewing the waterfront light show (just a stone throw away).
While the main exhibit area is rather small, there is plenty of action, models & toys for wannabe space explorers and closet geeks in the souvenir shop!

Tip:
The box office to buy tickets is on the outside and every Wednesday entrance to all exhibits is free – but get there early to get a pass, otherwise you'll wait in line for the next opening time.

Opening hours:
Mon, Wed-Fri: 1pm-9pm; Sat, Sun and Public Holidays: 10am-9pm;
Closed on Tuesdays (Except public holidays)
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Kowloon Mosque and Islamic Center

3) Kowloon Mosque and Islamic Center

Kowloon Mosque and Islamic Center also known as the Kowloon Masjid and Islamic Center is one of the four main mosques in Hong Kong. The mosque is located next to Kowloon Park, at the corner of Nathan and Haiphong Road. Currently, the Mosque is the largest Islamic house of worship in Hong Kong. The mosque and its complex can accommodate almost 2000 people.

The Kowloon mosque was established in 1896, on the current site of the Tsim Sha Tsui Police Station. It was built in order to serve the Indian Muslims present in the British army, who had been stationed at the nearby Whitfield Barracks. Today, the barracks site has been converted into the Kowloon Park.

In 1984, a new Mosque was built to replace the old one, due to the damage the building received when underground construction was carried out for the Mass Transit Railway. The mosque was designed by Muslim architect I.M. Kadri. Its design was based on traditional Muslim architecture and it distinguishes itself from the nearby modern commercial buildings. The mosque is flanked by four minarets that are 11 meters high. White marble has been extensively used on the paving and the facade. The Islamic center consists of a community hall, three prayer halls, a medical clinic and a library.
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Hong Kong Museum of History

4) Hong Kong Museum of History (must see)

This museum is one of the largest and most important among Hong Kong's museums, as it presents the territory's historical and cultural heritage. It is located next to the Hong Kong Science Museum, and is the right place to improve one's general knowledge about local history and culture. It features several collections on the natural history, archaeology, ethnography and local history of Hong Kong.

Why You Should Visit:
A multi-level, multimedia tour of Hong Kong through the centuries. Life-sized exhibits, walkthrough areas and lifelike monuments abound.

Tip:
Go on a Wednesday so you can get in for free – but just know there will be lots of school kids.
Unless you're a geology fan, breeze through the first sections about geological history and get to the cultural rooms. There's a whole grocery store from 2009 and a Chinese medicine shop from 1980.

Opening Hours:
Mon, Wed-Fri: 10am-6pm; Sat, Sun and public holidays: 10am - 7pm;
Closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays)
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St. Andrew Church

5) St. Andrew Church

St. Andrew's Church is located on Nathan Road, in Kowloon Hong Kong. It is an Anglican church of the Sheng Kung Hui Province of Hong Kong. The Church of St Andrew’s is in the Diocese of Western Kowloon. The church offers services in both English and Putonghua and it is the oldest Protestant church present in the region.

In 1904, Catchick Paul Chater offered thirty five thousand dollars to finance the construction of an Anglican church in Kowloon. The site chosen for the church was near a large garden, located in an area between Robinson Road, (which has now been renamed Nathan Road) and Austin Road. The construction of the church began in 1904 and was completed in 1906.

The church architecture is of the Early English Gothic style, with the main edifice built of granite and red brick. The Victorian-Gothic style building is cruciform in plan and has a single bell tower, shaped like a cross, in front of it.

During the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong in World War II, the church was used as a Shinto shrine, but apart from this period, it has continuously been used for Christian worship. St. Andrew’s Christian Center was also built next to the church in1979. The Center houses different Christian organizations.
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Park Lane Shoppers' Boulevard

6) Park Lane Shoppers' Boulevard

Park Lane is a boulevard on Nathan Road catering to shopping addicts. About 300 meters long with more than 50 shops on, it is nicely arranged, lined with trees, adjacent to Kowloon Park. The Park Lane shops sell mostly leather items, shoes and accessories.
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Temple Street Night Market

7) Temple Street Night Market (must see)

Temple Street Night Market is located in the Jordan area and Yau Ma Tei in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong. The night market and the flea market are well known in this part of the city. Tourists usually flock to these markets during the evenings, so even at dusk the place is crowded. The market has vendors selling food items and cheap merchandise that tourists usually buy.

The Temple Street Night Market was built during the Qing Dynasty and named after a Tin Hau temple present at the location. The market is also known as Men's Street as it has many popular men's fashion outlets.

The market usually opens at 2 p.m. in the afternoon, but it is during dusk that the real crowd gathers here. During the market’s operational hours, traffic is closed on the street. The market has more than a hundred stalls, decorated with colorful lights. The carts and stalls are full of merchandise including mobile phones, watches, clothes, shoes, and men’s accessories. The night market is famous for selling second-hand goods such as videotapes, old newspapers, cassettes, and antiques. Prices can always be negotiated by bargaining. Snacks and roadside treats are also abundant.

Why You Should Visit:
May be a good place to buy some cheap/souvenir items, but there are also plenty of cheap eateries – mostly street foods & authentic cuisine – lining the strip.

Tip:
The further you go inside the market, the cheaper it tends to get.
As for the food, eat where the long lines to buy food are, or at the busiest restaurant(s).
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Jade Market

8) Jade Market

One of the busiest markets in Hong Kong is the Jade Market. Dealing, of course, in jade jewelry, the Market thus promotes the nation's symbol stone. The range of items on sale here is enormous and includes jade rings, jade animal figures and even jade statues of Buddha. The place is acknowledged for high quality products.

What to buy here: Jade.

While pure jade is not for the light-of-pocket, the Jade Market in Yau Ma Tei offers an affordable alternative with its synthetic merchandise. The Jade Market is a covered marketplace with a collection of 400 stalls selling a diverse range of jade pendants, rings, bracelets, carvings and ornaments. All wares are up for bartering. Prices can start at HK$15 and rise to however much vendors think they can get from the buyer. Always haggle at half the price or less to come to an agreeable compromise. Once you start haggling, it is rude to not purchase the item, so only negotiate if you have true intent to purchase. Caveat emptor, not all stones sold at the Market are natural so novices should make their purchases with a grain of salt. Top quality jade is pure green and very expensive. Most pieces can have a yellow tinge but the finished item should be devoid of brown or grey. The best jade is semi-transparent, while opaque jade with cloudy patches tends to be of less value. The Chinese character for jade translates to beauty and purity. The stone symbolises long life and good health, as such, many traditionalists wear jade to guard against ill health.

The Jade Market is located on Kansu and Battery Streets in Jordan. Opening hours vary between the 400 vendors but the Market is typically open daily, 9am-5:30pm. Jade Street is nearby, located on Canton Road between Kansu Street and Jordan Road. Shops on this Street operate Monday to Saturday, from 10am-4pm. A giant jade stone that weighs three tons acts as a landmark at the junction of Canton Road and Jordan Road.
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Tin Hau Temple Kowloon

9) Tin Hau Temple Kowloon

The Tin Hau Temple sits on the last undeveloped and natural part of the Kowloon coastline in the area of Lei Yue Mun. The temple is small in size, and reputed to have been built by a Qing dynasty pirate two hundred years ago. The temple was refurbished in 1953.

The entrance of the temple is surrounded by red painted boulders, which have Chinese writings carved into them. The characters are short lines of Taoist prose which translate to “The ever flowing pool”. Other phrases in more difficult to understand Chinese prose also adorn the boulders at the temple entrance.

Two small antique cannons are also present here, indicating the importance of the area of Lei Yue Mun for the defense of the harbor. This area is actually straddling the harbor strait and it is the shortest distance between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.

The area of Lei Yue Mun is also one of the best seafood restaurant centers in Kowloon, and a popular spot for tourists. The temple has a semi-abandoned village located behind it and a small stretch of beach is present here as well, for people who like to relax and enjoy the waves.
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Ladies' Market

10) Ladies' Market (must see)

The southern part of the Tung Choi Street in Kowloon is known as the Ladies' Market. This street market specializes in ladies' fashion wear -- clothing, watches and souvenirs. Actually, various kinds of products are available for cheap prices here, not just for women, as its name suggests. Its northern section includes a market for goldfish, the so-called Goldfish Market.

Why You Should Visit:
The place opens about 2pm. You need a new case, charger and cable for your phone, a Calvin Klein backpack cheap (to die for), a Madonna bra maybe, toys, some Hello Kitty nightgowns and more. A new Spiderman outfit too. Go now!

Tip:
Make sure to sample some good street food like Cheong Fun and curry fish balls while you're at it.

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