Tsim Sha Tsui is one of the most important and bustling districts of Hong Kong. It’s where you can find large shopping malls, a ferry pier, lively and vibrant streets, galleries, and a variety of restaurants. Tourists can spend a busy and culturally stimulating day enjoying what the district has to offer as there’s plenty of scenic spots, here’s our selection of the best.
If you want to have a relaxing walk in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Park is the perfect place for you. It’s where you can surround yourself with an abundance of plants and greenery, and take part in numerous activities, such as swimming, bird watching, and football. The area was originally the Whitfield Barracks, a military area for the British Army. In 1970, it became Kowloon Park, complete with 13.3 hectares (33 acres) of space, making it one of the best parks in Hong Kong.
The Avenue of Stars is perfect for a scenic walk as it is located next to the breathtaking Victoria Harbour, allowing you to take in the expansive skyline of Hong Kong. Along the avenue, tourists can learn more about Hong Kong’s movie industry, as there are numerous celebrity handprints, descriptive milestones, movie memorabilia, commemorative plaques, and statues of film industry insiders. Two popular statues include a bronze rendering of the cartoon character, MuDull, and a life-size statue of Bruce Lee.
Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier, also known as the Star Ferry Pier, is one of the most important landmarks in the district. The star ferries have been carrying passengers from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island since the 1880s. Although many new road and rail systems have been established, people still love taking the ferry as it allows passengers to take an up-close look at the stunning harbor, which is a significant aspect of Hong Kong culture.
Established in 1989, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre is the biggest multipurpose performance facility in the city where many operas, dance, drama shows, concerts and musical performances are held. A large concert hall inside can hold 2,019 people, while the grand theatre contains 1,734 seats; inside the venue, there’s also a studio theatre, an exhibition gallery, four foyer exhibition areas, and eleven rehearsal and practice rooms. The centre regularly holds art exhibitions and free foyer programmes, with the intent of nurturing a public interest in the arts. If you want to enjoy a relaxing night with great shows, the cultural centre would make for a perfect evening.
Hong Kong is known for its wide range of luxury brands and inexpensive gadgets. In Tsim Sha Tsui, there are plenty of shopping malls, but Harbour City is the one not to miss! It is the largest and most diverse mall in Hong Kong, spreading over two million square feet. Harbour City has over 450 shops, 50 restaurants, two cinemas, three hotels and an incredibly luxurious private club. It’s the ideal venue for an eager shopper to indulge themselves.
Housed in a six-story building and spread over 340,000 square feet, K11 is more than just a mall. Besides a wide range of shops selling fashion, beauty and lifestyle products, there are also fantastic art exhibitions and events running all year round. It is said that K11 is the world’s first art mall; it tries to integrate elements of art and nature into the building through the placement of paintings, plants and installations on each floor. Local artists often showcase their work here.
Kimberley Road, also know as Korean Street and Little Korea, is famous for its abundance of Korean restaurants and grocery stores, providing Hong Kong residents with authentic Korean cuisine. You can have different types of Korean food there, including Korean BBQ. In fact, one of the most famous Korean BBQ spots, Seorae, is located on Kimberley Road.
Shang Palace, a luxurious restaurant located in the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel, has been awarded two Michelin stars. While Shang Palace specialises in Cantonese cuisine, the chefs work hard to be innovative with their menu. Dishes are all finely decorated and the food is exquisite. Combined with a relaxing ambiance, Shang Palace is a fine choice for dinner.
If you’re in need of some relaxation to end your day, drinks at Aqua is a fitting choice with their fantastic drinks and great atmosphere. Located on the 30th floor, and with incredible floor-to-ceiling windows, Aqua Spirit provides drinkers with the stunning views of Hong Kong’s skyline and Victoria Harbour, all accompanied by delectable cocktails. The atmosphere is lively and inviting, while the venue itself is styled with modern and sophisticated décor and seating.
If you feel like staying up or suddenly feel hungry late at night, head to Knutsford Terrace, a terrace street in Tsim Sha Tsui. The street is filled with bars, pubs, clubs and a wide range of fantastic restaurants to choose from. On Knutsford Terrace, you can expect to be served different types of cuisine followed by a relaxing after-work drink. Some bars open until six in the morning, so the night of enjoyment and entertainment never needs to end. Tourists can immerse themselves in Hong Kong’s late-night dining and drinking culture down this terrace street.